Archive for June, 2009

Honinbo Title: Takao Wins Game 5

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Takao Shinji, the challenger in this year’s Honinbo Title, won game 5 by resignation in 167 moves.
Takao Shinji in game 5 of Honinbo 2009
Hane Naoki, title-holder, is still just one win away from keeping his title, as he leads 3:2. Game record here.
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More photos here.

Gosei Title: Cho U – Yuki Satoshi 1:0

Friday, June 26th, 2009

The Japanese Gosei title started yesterday. Title holder is the amazing Cho U, who, besides Gosei is title-holder in Meijin, Judan, Tengen and Oza and is also the current Agon Cup winner in Japan.

Cho U captured the Gosei title from Yoda Norimoto in 2006, and defended it successfully against Yokota Shigeaki in 2007 and against Yamashita Keigo in 2008.

The challenger this year is Yuki Satoshi 9 dan. He qualified to challenge Cho U after defeating Morita Michihiro, O Meien, So Yokoku, Takemiya Masaki and Iyama Yuta.

Gosei is one of the seven major Japanese Go titles, and the final is played in a best-of-five system.

Cho U won this first game by resignation in 143 moves. The second game will be played on July 10th.

Gosei title 2009, game 1

Here is the game record.

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Complete tournament table here. More photos here.

Chang Hao Wins Chunlan Cup

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Chang Hao of China defeated Lee Changho of South Korea 2:0 in the final of the international Chunlan Cup. This must have been particularly pleasing for the sponsor, since Chunlan is a Chinese company.

Chang Hao, Chunlan Cup 2009 winner

Here is the game 1 record. Chang Hao, playing black, won by resignation in 241 moves.

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Here is a photo from the beginning of game 1: Chang Hao is on the left hand side. Chen Zude, one of the veteran Chinese professional players, is watching the game from the referee table.

Chang Hao, Chunlan Cup 2009 winner

And here is the game 2 record. Chang Hao, playing white, won by resignation in 176 moves.

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In the playoff for the 3rd place, Kong Jie of China defeated his countryman Zhou Heyang.

Complete tournament table here, and more photos from this final here, here, here and here.

Honinbo Title, Game 4

Friday, June 19th, 2009
Hane Naoki, the title-holder, won game 4 in the Honinbo title match. He is leading the challenger, Takao Shinji, by 3:1 and only needs one more win to keep the title. Here is the game record.
Photo of Takao Shinji, sealing the last move of day one:
Honinbo Title 2009, game 4
Tournament table here. Webpage (in Japanese) of the sponsor for this tournament, Mainichi newspaper, including more photos here.

Lee Sedol Misses Game Due to Flu Test

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
“Lee Se-dol, the 26-year-old top Korean baduk player, failed to participate in a Chinese league held in Hangzhou because he was included in the list of passengers who needed to take an influenza A test.”
Lee Sedol
Full article here.

Kong Jie Wins Asian TV Cup

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Kong Jie defeated Lee Sedol in the final of the 21st Asian TV Cup. To qualify in the final, he also defeated Kang Dongyun and Lee Changho. Interestingly, Kong Jie started this tournament as a 7-dan. He earned promotion to 9-dan after defeating Lee Changho yesterday to qualify in the final.
Photo from the final game:
Lee Sedol won the previous two editions of this tournament. He recently announced his one year and a half retirement from professional life. Here is the game record of the final.
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Tournament table here.

Honinbo Title, Game 3

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Hane Naoki, Honinbo title holder, won the third game of the Honinbo title. He is leading 2:1.
Here is the game record.
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Here is the position after day one:

Photo of Takao Shinji handing the sealed move to referee Rin Kaiho at the end of day one.

Game four will be played on June 18, 19.

Tournament table here. Mainichi webpage (in Japanese) here.

Fujitsu Cup Quarterfinal Results

Saturday, June 6th, 2009
The Fujitsu Cup quarterfinal stage is over.
Here are the results: Kang Dongyun(Korea) defeated Piao Wenyao (China) by resignation
Lee Changho (Korea) defeated Yamashita Keigo (Japan) by 4.5 points
Park Yeonghun (Korea) defeated Kono Rin (Japan) by 4.5 points
Chang Hao (China) defeated Lee Sedol (Korea) by resignation
Both Japanese players were eliminated. Korea has 3 players and China has 1 player in the semifinal to be played on July 4th. This is a particularly sad even for Japan, since Fujitsu is a Japanese sponsor.

Here is the game record between Lee Changho and Yamashita Keigo.

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And a short video from the beginning of this round.
Rui Naiwei and Jiang “Jujo” Zhujiu commenting the Chang Hao vs. Lee Sedol game. Lee Sedol doesn’t look too upset with his loss.

Fujitsu Cup Quarterfinals Today

Friday, June 5th, 2009
The quarterfinals of the international Fujitsu Cup start today.
Pairings: Kang Dongyun(Korea) – Piao Wenyao (China) Lee Changho (Korea) – Yamashita Keigo (Japan) Kono Rin (Japan) – Park Yeonghun (Korea) Lee Sedol (Korea) – Chang Hao (China) Incidentally, this will be one of the few chances to see Lee Sedol play in official games until 2011, since he decided to retire from the professional life for a while after several incidents with the Korean Baduk Association. Tournament table here.

China Wins World Amateur Go Championship

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Yuqing Hu of China repeated his 2005 performance and won this year’s World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) with a perfect 8:0 score!
Yuqing Hu of China, WAGC 2009 champion
Yuqing Hu’s most difficult game, according to a Ranka interview with him, was the one against Shin-Hwan Yoo of South Korea. Here is a photo of the game between the two (Yuqing on the right hand side).
WAGC 2009, S. Korea vs. China

And this is the game record between China and Korea.

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Second place was taken by S. Korea, followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Luxembourg, France. Full results here. Some general view from the tournament:
WAGC 2009
Michael Redmond 9p commenting a game:
WAGC 2009
Group photo with the WAGC participants:
WAGC 2009