Archive for April, 2009

Choi Cheolhan – Ing Cup Winner!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Choi Cheolhan won game four in Ing Cup, thus defeating Lee Changho 3 to 1 and winning the topmost international Go / Baduk competition.
Choi Cheolhan, Ing Cup 2009 winner
Choi Cheolhan qualified in the final of the previous Ing Cup as well, in 2004, but he lost to Chang Hao. This is Choi Cheolhan’s first international win, as far as I know, although he has won several Korean championships and titles in the past, and in particular he has a good record against Lee Changho: he defeated Lee Changho 3:2 in the Guksu title and 3:1 in the Kisung title in 2004, and 3:0 in the Guksu title in 2005. He must have slowed down a bit after that, since his next titles only came this year, when besides this Ing Cup he also won Korean Maxim Cup. Here is a photo from the beginning of the game, with Go Seigen watching.
Choi Cheolhan, Ing Cup 2009 winner

Here is the game record. A huge exchange took place with white’s move 72.

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More photos here, here and here. Very nice English coverage and photos here, here, here and here.

Cho U Captures Judan Title

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Cho U won game 4 and defeated Judan title holder Takao Shinji 3:1.
Judan Title 2009
Here is the game record. Cho U played black and killed Takao’s group on the lower side.
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By capturing this title, Cho U holds an amazing five out of the seven major Japaense titles: Meijin, Judan, Tengen, Oza and Gosei. He also won Agon Cup, which is a blitz tournament.
Cho U, Judan 2009
Takao Shinji has no more title after losing Judan, but he qualified as the Honinbo title challenger and he is playing a best-of-seven match with title holder Hane Naoki starting on May 13th. All the game records from the Judan title are here.

Fujitsu Cup, Round 2

Monday, April 13th, 2009
The seeded players joined the round 1 winners in this year’s Fujitsu Cup. After having a record number of players in round 2, Japan will have to be content with only two players in round 3, as Yamashita Keigo defeated Qiu Jun of China, and Kono Rin defeated Gu Li of China. This last win must mean a lot for Kono Rin (and for the Japanese team in general), since Gu Li seems to be number 1 in the world based on the number of international titles he won last year. Incidentally, Gu Li was last year’s Fujitsu Cup winner! Here is a photo of Yamashita (left) against Qiu Jun (Kono Rin is standing):
Fujitsu Cup 2009
And here is a photo of Kono Rin (right) against Gu Li:
Fujitsu Cup 2009
Hane Naoki (Japan) lost against Chang Hao (China), Cho U (Japan) lost against Lee Sedol (Korea), Takao Shinji (Japan) lost against Lee Changho (Korea), Iyama Yuta (Japan) lost against Kang Dongyun (Korea), Moriyama Naoki (Japan) lost again Piao Wenyao (China), and Xie He (China) lost against Park Yeonghun (Korea). Round 3, to be played on June 6th in Seoul, Korea, will have four Koreans, two Japanese and two Chinese players.
Fujitsu Cup 2009

Here is the game record between Kono Rin and Gu Li .

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Tournament table and game records here.

Excellent Start for Japan in Fujitsu Cup

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
First round of the international Fujitsu Cup was played yesterday. The Japanese team had an unexpectedly good start (considering that recently all international competitions are dominated by Korea and China): all Japanese players won their games and will play in round 2: Kono Rin defeated Kong Jie of China, Hane Naoki defeated Jie Lie (US amateur representing North America), Cho U defeated Fernando Aguilar (Argentina amateur representing South America), Takao Shinji defeated Zhou Ruiyang of China, Iyama Yuta defeated Won Sungjin of Korea, and Moriyama Naoki defeated Franz Josef Dickhut (amateur from Germany, representing Europe). While three of the Japanese wins were “expected”, since those games were matching professionals with amateurs, the overall result is still impressive. Here is a photo with the Japanese players from the first round. From left to rigth: Iyama Yuta, Kono Rin, Moriyama Naoki, Takao Shinji, Hane Naoki, Cho U:
Fujitsu Cup 2009
Here is a photo from the game between Kono Rin (Japan), on the right side and Kong Jie (China):
Fujitsu Cup 2009
  And a photo from the game between Iyama Yuta (Japan), on the left side, and Won Sungjin (Korea):
Fujitsu Cup 2009
The real tough matches will start from round 2 though – to be played on April 13th (Japan time) – since the world top players will be seeded directly in round 2: Gu Li, Chang Hao, Lee Changho, Lee Sedol. Among the Japanese players Yamashita Keigo, Kisei title holder, was seeded directly in round 2. Tournament table and game records here.

Cho U Takes the Lead in Judan Title

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
Cho U won game three in his Judan title challenge against Takao Shinji, and leads 2:1. Judan is played in a best-of-five system, so one more win will give Cho the title.
Tengen Title 2009, game 3

Here is the game record .

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Fansubbing Go Videos

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Joe Goh has recently created English subtitles for a Chinese video of a professional game commentary. Joe declared:
Its my hope that this will kickstart a fansubbing community for Go videos, similar to the ones we have for anime now. There’s a treasure trove of Go videos all over the Internet, just waiting to be translated and brought to an even bigger audience! 
I am hosting Joe’s first fansubbed videos at this link. I also started a general Go / Baduk videos page to collect interesting videos. Please feel free to suggest more public videos that you liked!