Archive for December, 2009

Yamashita Keigo – Cho U 2:1 in Tengen

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Yamashita Keigo won the third game from the Tengen title match, and leads title-holder Cho U 2:1.

The game record is here. Yamashita Keigo (black) won by resignation.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[Tengen Title 2009]EV[Tengen Title 2009] DT[2009-12-02]PB[Yamashita Keigo]PW[Cho U]KM[6.5]HA[0]RE[B+R]MULTIGOGM[1] ;B[qd];W[pp];B[dd];W[cp];B[ep];W[gq];B[cq];W[cm];B[dn];W[bo];B[fq];W[gp];B[bq];W[cj] ;B[oc];W[qn];B[pj];W[fc];B[hc];W[df];B[fd];W[cc];B[cd];W[dc];B[ed];W[fb];B[gc];W[bc] ;B[nf];W[gd];B[id];W[ge];B[ef];W[gg];B[eh];W[gi];B[ej];W[di];B[fh];W[gh];B[fj];W[hk] ;B[dm];W[cl];B[dk];W[je];B[ie];W[jg];B[if];W[kh];B[ff];W[nh];B[ph];W[og];B[nj];W[pg] ;B[qg];W[qf];B[qh];W[pe];B[nd];W[re];B[rd];W[me];B[ne];W[mi];B[cn];W[dl];B[bn];W[el] ;B[gf];W[qk];B[mj];W[kk];B[kj];W[pd];B[pc];W[rc];B[qc];W[lj];B[pk];W[lk];B[ql];W[oq] ;B[kq];W[iq];B[mq];W[mo];B[lo];W[ln];B[ko];W[mp];B[lp];W[rl];B[qm];W[rm];B[pn];W[qj] ;B[qo];W[rn];B[po];W[pm];B[pl];W[om];B[nn];W[nm];B[mn];W[mm];B[on];W[ri];B[lm];W[ml] ;B[ro];W[rq];B[rh];W[oi];B[pi];W[sn];B[si];W[sj];B[qi];W[sh];B[sg];W[np];B[jm];W[sf] ;B[si];W[rj];B[rp];W[sh];B[qq])

Next game will be played on December 10th. You can find the complete tournament table here.

China Wins Asian New Star Competition

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

“Asian New Star” competition is a team match between Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan where each country’s participants are young professional players.

Each country is matched against each other. There are 8 players in each team: 6 male players and 2 female players.

This year’s competition was won convincingly by China, who won all 3 matches against other countries. South Korea was second (only lost the game against China).

The big surprise for me was the fact that Taiwan came in third, after defeating Japan 5-3! Japan lost all three matches… If the competition of young professional is any indication of the future (and I believe it is!), Japan has one more country to have trouble in Go competition with: Taiwan.

Here is the game between the team captains of China (Chen Yaoye) and Korea (Kim Jiseok). Chen Yaoye (white) won by half a point.

(; KM[7.5] EV[10th Asian New Star Match 3rd round] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Chen Yaoye] WR[9d] DT[2009-12-02] BR[6d] RE[W+0.5] PB[Kim Jiseok] ;B[qd];W[dc];B[pq];W[dp];B[oc];W[po];B[de];W[qq];B[cc];W[ci];B[db] ;W[ec];B[eb];W[cd];B[bc];W[qi];B[qr];W[qp];B[mq];W[qf];B[fq];W[dn] ;B[ip];W[dd];B[fc];W[ee];B[ce];W[bd];B[be];W[ad];B[fd];W[ed];B[dh] ;W[bg];B[cg];W[ch];B[di];W[fe];B[eg];W[cj];B[bf];W[he];B[dm];W[cn] ;B[hc];W[ah];B[df];W[gg];B[gi];W[dj];B[ih];W[fg];B[ej];W[ek];B[fj] ;W[je];B[fk];W[ic];B[ib];W[hd];B[gb];W[jc];B[qk];W[gd];B[qm];W[gc] ;B[hb];W[fb];B[fa];W[on];B[or];W[pl];B[pk];W[ol];B[ql];W[eq];B[fp] ;W[oi];B[ok];W[nl];B[nk];W[ll];B[mk];W[ln];B[cm];W[bm];B[en];W[bl] ;B[mi];W[lp];B[lq];W[kp];B[ph];W[qh];B[pg];W[pf];B[re];W[og];B[oh] ;W[nh];B[ng];W[of];B[ni];W[mh];B[pi];W[lh];B[no];W[nn];B[mo];W[jn] ;B[jr];W[rr];B[rs];W[jk];B[kj];W[qn];B[mm];W[mn];B[ml];W[sr];B[im] ;W[jm];B[lm];W[km];B[in];W[il];B[kk];W[jq];B[iq];W[nc];B[nd];W[od] ;B[pd];W[oe];B[nb];W[mc];B[mb];W[lc];B[kh];W[kg];B[jg];W[lg];B[jo] ;W[lo];B[lb];W[kb];B[er];W[dr];B[fr];W[fc];B[ba];W[gl];B[dk];W[ob] ;B[pc];W[la];B[pb];W[ds];B[hl];W[hk];B[hm];W[gk];B[ij];W[ik];B[kl] ;W[jl];B[rf];W[qg];B[pj];W[fn];B[eo];W[fh];B[ef];W[gm];B[jf];W[kf] ;B[if];W[li];B[ie];W[id];B[ke];W[jd];B[lj];W[ki];B[ji];W[jh];B[el] ;W[rm];B[do];W[co];B[ck];W[bk];B[kh];W[le];B[gn];W[go];B[hn];W[fm] ;B[fo];W[jj];B[ii];W[op];B[oq];W[np];B[mp];W[nq];B[nr];W[kr];B[kq] ;W[jp];B[lr];W[em];B[cl];W[ir];B[ks];W[io];B[ho];W[hp];B[gp];W[hq] ;B[io];W[ko];B[go];W[gr];B[cq];W[dq];B[cp];W[br];B[cr];W[cs];B[es] ;W[bs];B[is];W[hs];B[js];W[ep];B[gs];W[rg];B[rl];W[rn];B[rj];W[ri] ;B[ga];W[ia];B[sh];W[sg];B[si];W[sf];B[se];W[sl];B[nm];W[om];B[jb] ;W[ja];B[oa];W[sk];B[sj];W[jh];B[hf];W[ac];B[ab];W[gf];B[gj];W[hh] ;B[ig];W[qe];B[rd];W[ma];B[pp];W[oo];B[pm];W[sp];B[na];W[ka];B[pn] ;W[ff];B[eh];W[fi];B[af];W[kh];B[ag];W[bh];B[hj];W[qo];B[qs];W[kn] ;B[cb];W[kc];B[ea];W[sm];B[qj];W[ne];B[ei];W[hg];B[gh];W[hi];B[ae] ;W[fl];B[ss];W[rk];B[rh];W[pe];B[ha])

I was expecting the Japanese team captain, Iyama Yuta who is a super-star in Japan and recently captured Meijin title from Cho U, to put up more of a fight, but he lost all his games.

Here is the game Iyama Yuta (white) lost by resignation to the Taiwanese team captain, Chen Shiyuan.

(; PW[Iyama Yuta] WR[9d] BR[8d] RE[B+R] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] DT[2009-12-02] EV[10th Asian New Star Match 3rd round] KM[7.5] PB[Chen Shiyuan] ;B[dp];W[pd];B[cd];W[pq];B[fc];W[cj];B[qf];W[qh];B[qn];W[ql];B[qq] ;W[qp];B[pp];W[rq];B[qr];W[po];B[op];W[qo];B[rr];W[no];B[oo];W[on] ;B[oq];W[pn];B[ph];W[pi];B[qc];W[qd];B[pc];W[od];B[rd];W[re];B[rc] ;W[qe];B[nc];W[cn];B[fp];W[me];B[qi];W[qj];B[ri];W[rh];B[ch];W[ej] ;B[eh];W[hq];B[lq];W[fr];B[dn];W[co];B[do];W[dm];B[em];W[cp];B[cq] ;W[dl];B[dq];W[fe];B[hd];W[de];B[dd];W[ce];B[ee];W[ef];B[ed];W[dg] ;B[ff];W[dh];B[gf];W[be];B[cm];W[bm];B[cl];W[bl];B[jq];W[ho];B[oh] ;W[oi];B[nh];W[mc];B[nd];W[ne];B[oc];W[ni];B[md];W[mh];B[rf];W[se] ;B[mg];W[ng];B[oe];W[of];B[le];W[pe];B[lh];W[mi];B[mf];W[nf];B[li] ;W[lj];B[kj];W[ki];B[lg];W[lk];B[ji];W[kk];B[jj];W[bc];B[eg];W[df] ;B[ei];W[il];B[di];W[ci];B[bd];W[ad];B[cb];W[cc];B[db];W[hj];B[hh] ;W[fn];B[gn];W[go];B[fo];W[gm];B[en];W[kp];B[lp];W[lo];B[np];W[mo] ;B[jp];W[hn];B[cg];W[ag];B[bh];W[bi];B[ah];W[ab];B[rp];W[ro];B[sq] ;W[ir];B[jr];W[bq];B[br];W[bp];B[er];W[fq];B[ar];W[eq];B[es];W[ko] ;B[so];W[sn];B[rn];W[sp];B[gp];W[hp];B[so];W[cs];B[cr];W[sp];B[pf] ;W[pg];B[so];W[kq];B[kr];W[sp];B[sd];W[og];B[so];W[sm];B[bf];W[ae] ;B[jo];W[jn];B[rm];W[sp];B[el];W[dk];B[so];W[mp];B[mq];W[sp];B[sf] ;W[oe];B[so];W[nq];B[nr];W[sp];B[af];W[ac];B[so];W[or];B[pr];W[sp] ;B[dc];W[cf];B[so];W[sl];B[rl];W[sp];B[bg];W[ai];B[so];W[sk];B[rk] ;W[sp];B[bb];W[ag];B[so];W[sj];B[nn];W[sp];B[kn];W[mn];B[jm];W[rq] ;B[mm];W[nm];B[ln];W[nn];B[in];W[lm];B[rp];W[fs];B[bs];W[rq];B[gq] ;W[gr];B[rp];W[so];B[fj];W[km];B[hl];W[hm];B[ik];W[fk];B[gj])

Here is the game Iyama Yuta (white) lost by half a point to the Chinese team captain, Chen Yaoye.

(; KM[7.5] EV[10th Asian New Star Match 1st round] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Chen Yaoye] WR[9d] DT[2009-11-30] BR[9d] RE[W+0.5] PB[Iyama Yuta] ;B[qd];W[dc];B[dp];W[pq];B[qo];W[oc];B[ld];W[ph];B[pc];W[qk];B[ce] ;W[qp];B[fc];W[ed];B[fd];W[ee];B[fe];W[df];B[cf];W[ff];B[gf];W[fg] ;B[dg];W[gg];B[hf];W[od];B[qf];W[lb];B[lc];W[kb];B[mb];W[nb];B[mc] ;W[ma];B[jc];W[jb];B[ic];W[pe];B[qe];W[pb];B[qb];W[qa];B[ra];W[pa] ;B[rc];W[ib];B[ih];W[bd];B[ci];W[dj];B[cj];W[dk];B[fi];W[eh];B[ei] ;W[dh];B[di];W[ch];B[bh];W[bg];B[fp];W[gl];B[po];W[np];B[lp];W[on] ;B[pl];W[pk];B[ol];W[ql];B[pp];W[qq];B[no];W[mo];B[mp];W[nq];B[nn] ;W[ln];B[oo];W[jo];B[mr];W[nr];B[ok];W[rh];B[lo];W[jm];B[kn];W[km] ;B[mn];W[dm];B[gn];W[gj];B[gi];W[cp];B[do];W[co];B[cq];W[dn];B[bq] ;W[hj];B[hm];W[hi];B[hh];W[bi];B[bj];W[ah];B[gh];W[jk];B[fk];W[fj] ;B[ik];W[jj];B[ej];W[gk];B[lm];W[jn];B[ek];W[fm];B[il];W[im];B[hl] ;W[ji];B[fn];W[gm];B[hn];W[iq];B[gq];W[kq];B[lr];W[kg];B[mg];W[jf] ;B[if];W[mi];B[ne];W[hc];B[hd];W[gc];B[fb];W[lf];B[mf];W[kc];B[kd] ;W[jd];B[id];W[je];B[ni];W[le];B[me];W[nc];B[db];W[nj];B[oj];W[nh] ;B[oi];W[mh];B[cc];W[pf];B[cd];W[cg];B[qi];W[qh];B[qj];W[ro];B[rn] ;W[rp];B[lk];W[ll];B[lj];W[li];B[jh];W[kh];B[rm];W[bf];B[be];W[sk] ;B[rk];W[bn];B[pd];W[oh];B[ns];W[or];B[ir];W[jr];B[jp];W[kp];B[ip] ;W[ko];B[jq];W[rl];B[rj];W[sl];B[qm];W[sj];B[kr];W[ae];B[bc];W[io] ;B[hp];W[bp];B[bl];W[ml];B[nk];W[kl];B[dl];W[cl];B[ck];W[cm];B[aq] ;W[mj];B[mk];W[se];B[sd];W[ad];B[af];W[ag];B[ac];W[af];B[gb];W[hb] ;B[ec];W[en];B[eo];W[sf];B[re];W[sh];B[el];W[bm];B[aj];W[ai];B[am] ;W[an];B[al];W[os];B[ms];W[ho];B[go];W[nm];B[om];W[dd];B[qg];W[ga] ;B[fa];W[ha];B[pg];W[og];B[ap];W[ao];B[op];W[gd];B[ge];W[ie];B[he] ;W[oq];B[jg];W[mm];B[ln];W[em];B[kj];W[ki];B[hg];W[so];B[fh];W[eg] ;B[de];W[ef];B[pj];W[si];B[pn];W[sg];B[lq];W[ij];B[hk];W[jl];B[in] ;W[kk];B[sn];W[ri];B[sm];W[pi];B[nl];W[rg];B[fl];W[rf];B[ii];W[mq])

And here is the game Iyama Yuta (black) lost by resignation to the South Korea team captain, Kim Jiseok.

(; KM[7.5] EV[10th Asian New Star Match 2nd round] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Kim Jiseok] WR[6d] DT[2009-12-01] BR[9d] RE[W+R] PB[Iyama Yuta] ;B[pd];W[dp];B[pq];W[dd];B[ql];W[fq];B[nc];W[cj];B[fc];W[df];B[jp] ;W[ec];B[gd];W[re];B[rd];W[qe];B[qd];W[qh];B[pp];W[co];B[pf];W[oh] ;B[gf];W[ol];B[qj];W[oj];B[pn];W[nf];B[mf];W[mg];B[ne];W[lf];B[me] ;W[lg];B[kd];W[if];B[gh];W[id];B[ih];W[kc];B[ke];W[jg];B[dj];W[di] ;B[ei];W[ci];B[dk];W[eh];B[fi];W[jc];B[cq];W[dq];B[ck];W[eb];B[bj] ;W[bi];B[bp];W[bo];B[dr];W[er];B[br];W[lq];B[lp];W[mp];B[lo];W[jr] ;B[mq];W[lr];B[ki];W[mc];B[pi];W[ph];B[nh];W[ng];B[oi];W[ni];B[nj] ;W[mi];B[mj];W[li];B[lj];W[nb];B[oc];W[nq];B[mo];W[np];B[ok];W[no] ;B[nn];W[in];B[ho];W[on];B[ir];W[po];B[qo];W[oo];B[jq];W[nm];B[or] ;W[nr];B[eo];W[ds];B[cs];W[cr];B[dh];W[bs];B[cg];W[cf];B[bh];W[lm] ;B[pm];W[mn];B[bl];W[hn];B[go];W[io];B[ip];W[hq];B[hp];W[hl];B[gm] ;W[qp];B[qq];W[gn];B[fn];W[fm];B[gl];W[nk];B[pj];W[fl];B[gk];W[dm] ;B[dn];W[cm];B[jn];W[im])

Complete tournament table here.

Korean Myeongin: Lee Changho Wins Game One

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Lee Changho won the first game in the Korean Myeongin title (equivalent of the Japanese Meijin) against Won Sungjin. This is a best-of-five match, and the next game will be played on December 3rd.

The game record is here. Lee Changho (white) won by resignation.

(; KM[6.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] WR[9d] EV[37th Myeongin final round 1] RE[B+R] PB[Won Sungjin] BR[9d] DT[2009-12-01] PW[Lee Changho] ;B[qd];W[dp];B[pq];W[dc];B[de];W[oc];B[cc];W[cb];B[cd];W[gc];B[bb] ;W[db];B[cn];W[fq];B[bp];W[qo];B[pe];W[qj];B[jc];W[ge];B[mc];W[cg] ;B[ef];W[cj];B[cq];W[oe];B[pf];W[me];B[je];W[fg];B[eg];W[fh];B[eh] ;W[ei];B[fi];W[ej];B[di];W[dj];B[fd];W[fe];B[ed];W[gd];B[eb];W[id] ;B[jd];W[ec];B[ch];W[ib];B[bh];W[jb];B[jg];W[of];B[ji];W[pg];B[qg] ;W[qh];B[rg];W[rh];B[pc];W[pb];B[ob];W[nb];B[od];W[nc];B[nd];W[md] ;B[qb];W[ne];B[pd];W[lc];B[pa];W[gi];B[mh];W[kf];B[kg];W[jf];B[np] ;W[lq];B[pn];W[qq];B[qr];W[pp];B[oq];W[lo];B[ql];W[jk];B[lk];W[ni] ;B[nk];W[km];B[en];W[fn];B[jl];W[kl];B[kk];W[ik];B[fo];W[eo];B[gn] ;W[fm];B[fp];W[dq];B[em];W[gq];B[kn];W[ml];B[fl];W[gm];B[jm];W[ln] ;B[hm];W[gl];B[hl];W[gk];B[hk];W[hj];B[ij];W[hn];B[hi];W[gj];B[in] ;W[go];B[io];W[mk];B[mj];W[nj];B[nl];W[ll];B[lj];W[nm];B[mm];W[lm] ;B[om];W[nn];B[rq];W[rp];B[qp];W[qm];B[pl];W[qq];B[og];W[rl];B[rk] ;W[rn];B[sl];W[rm];B[on];W[qk];B[no];W[mn];B[mq];W[kr];B[jq];W[ko] ;B[jo];W[mr];B[nr];W[mp];B[kp];W[kq];B[jp];W[lp];B[ph];W[pi];B[ms] ;W[nq];B[sh];W[si];B[mq];W[jn];B[jj];W[nq];B[oj];W[oi];B[mq];W[im] ;B[il];W[nq];B[sg];W[mq];B[qp];W[po];B[ri];W[rj];B[sj];W[sm];B[sp] ;W[ro];B[or];W[cp];B[br];W[cr];B[bq];W[mb];B[qi];W[pj])

Complete tournament table is here.

Hane Naoki Defended Okan Title

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Hane Naoki defeated challenger Yamashiro Hiroshi and kept his Okan title.

Okan title consists of only one game and is open only to the professional Japanese players from the Nagoya branch of Nihon Ki-in.

The game record is here. Hane Naoki (white) won by resignation.

(; KM[6.5] EV[50th Okan title match] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Hane Naoki] WR[Okan] DT[2009-11-26] BR[9d] RE[W+R] PB[Yamashiro Hiroshi] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[cp];W[pp];B[ep];W[cj];B[qn];W[nq];B[pk];W[nc];B[qf] ;W[pb];B[fc];W[df];B[lc];W[qc];B[oc];W[ob];B[nd];W[md];B[mc];W[nb] ;B[jd];W[ne];B[od];W[cm];B[iq];W[oi];B[qi];W[kq];B[mp];W[mq];B[kp] ;W[qo];B[pn];W[rn];B[rm];W[lh];B[cc];W[dc];B[db];W[eb];B[cb];W[ec] ;B[be];W[bf];B[ce];W[cf];B[cd];W[de];B[me];W[mf];B[ld];W[gq];B[jq] ;W[lp];B[lo];W[lq];B[ko];W[go];B[er];W[fn];B[rd];W[qd];B[qe];W[rc] ;B[lj];W[mj];B[mk];W[mi];B[lk];W[jh];B[ij];W[ro];B[hh];W[if];B[ki] ;W[ke];B[dj];W[dk];B[ci];W[ej];B[di];W[ei];B[ck];W[dl];B[eh];W[fh] ;B[eg];W[dh];B[bj];W[bl];B[bh];W[bk];B[fg];W[dg];B[fe];W[fb];B[gc] ;W[gb];B[mg];W[gg];B[hg];W[ff];B[hf];W[le];B[ng];W[md];B[gf];W[me] ;B[of];W[kd];B[ic];W[jc];B[ef];W[dq];B[jb];W[kc];B[hb];W[kb];B[eq] ;W[do];B[dp];W[ch];B[hn];W[ho];B[in];W[rl];B[nj];W[ni];B[sm];W[pl] ;B[qm];W[pj];B[qj];W[ok];B[qk];W[nl];B[om];W[ol];B[ql];W[ae];B[ad] ;W[af];B[ab];W[co];B[bo];W[bn];B[bp];W[fk];B[gl];W[id];B[lg];W[kh] ;B[jf];W[je];B[ig];W[kf];B[ie];W[kg];B[re];W[hd];B[hc];W[mo];B[op] ;W[oq];B[po];W[qq];B[mn];W[np];B[li];W[mh];B[eo];W[en];B[hq];W[fo] )

Complete tournament table is here.