Archive for May, 2008

Korea Wins WAGC With Perfect Score

Friday, May 30th, 2008
Sung Bong Ha of South Korea won the 29th WAGC with a perfect score, 8-0, after defeating Hong Kong in the last round. The rest of the top places aren’t settled yet, but it looks like Fernando Aguilar of Argentina is assured of 2nd place if he wins against Israel in the last round (due to his high SOS), while China and Japan fight for the 3rd place.

29th WAGC after 4 rounds

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
The 29th WAGC (World Amateur Go Championship) reached its halfpoint after 4 rounds out of 8. The results so far are very surprising: out of the 5 players with perfect score, only 2 are from Asia (the representatives of China and S. Korea) while the other three are from Luxembourg (the WAGC veteran Laurent Heiser), Argentina (the famous Fernando Aguilar), and Czech Republic (Jan Hora). Japan has only 3 points after the loss to Korea, and same for Hong Kong after losing to China. Taiwan lost to both Thailand and Hungary so it’s out of the game this year. Is this going to be a “Revolution WAGC”? We’ll see in the next few rounds.

No goban? No problem! (part 3)

Sunday, May 18th, 2008
Here’s another version of the “No goban? No problem!” series (previous ones are here and here).

Playing Go without a goban. Link to original photo page. I’ve played Go like this myself a couple of times, it is an interesting experience (and it needs some cooperation from the opponent, too, when deciding where the “virtual lines” are).

Takao – Hane 1-0 in Honinbo Title

Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Takao Shinji had a good start in the defense of his Honinbo title: he won the first game against Hane Naoki by 3.5 points.

Here is the game record.

Next game will be played on May 27th and 28th.

Honinbo Title – Game 1, Day 1

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
Hane Naoki is challenging the Honinbo title holder, Takao Shinji.

The game will conclude tomorrow (May 15 in Japan).

Lee Changho Stops Cho Chikun in Ing Cup

Sunday, May 4th, 2008
Round 3 of Ing Cup 2008 was played on May 4th.

After defeating Chang Hao in the previous round, Cho Chikun lost to Lee Changho by 3 points.

Cho Chikun vs. Lee Changho, Ing Cup 2008

Lee Sedol of Korea defeated Kong Jie of China by 11 points.

Lee Sedol vs Kong Jie

Choi Cheolhan of Korea defeated Piao Wenyao of China by resignation. And Liu Xing of China, who seems to be the surprise of the tournament so far, defeated Park Yeonghun by resignation thus becoming the only Chinese player to play in the semifinals.

Liu Xing vs. Park Yeonghun, Ing Cup 2008

The semifinals will take place sometime in September and will consist of best-of-three matches. Lee Changho will play against Lee Sedol, and Choi Cheolhan will play against Liu Xing.

Cho Chikun defeats Chang Hao in Ing Cup

Friday, May 2nd, 2008
Cho Chikun eliminated Chang Hao of China (previous Ing Cup winner) in round 2.

Cho Chikun vs. Chang Hao, Ing Cup 2008

Looks like Cho Sensei is back in shape after his loses in Kisei and Judan earlier this year. He will play against Lee Changho in round 3. The only other Japanese player, O Meien, was eliminated by Liu Xing of China.

Next round will be played in 2 days. There are 4 players from Korea, 3 from China, and 1 from Japan.