Archive for January, 2010

New Video From Fenghuan City Match

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I wrote about Fenghuan City match from China in an older entry which contains some pictures and videos of the commented game. Just found today a very nice video from the event itself showing tourists, people dressed as Go stones moving/dancing on the board, etc.

Many thanks to kennabee for the video.

Lee Changho Defeated By An Amateur In BC Card Cup

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Amazingly, Lee Changho lost to an amateur player (Han Taehee) in the 2nd BC Card Cup, in less than 100 moves!

Here is the game record.

(; KM[6.5] EV[2nd BC Card Cup 1st round] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Han Taehee] WR[a6] DT[2010-01-16] BR[9d] RE[W+R] PB[Lee Changho] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dp];B[oq];W[qf];B[nc];W[rd];B[qh];W[qc];B[qe] ;W[re];B[pf];W[pg];B[qg];W[rf];B[og];W[gc];B[pj];W[fq];B[cj];W[cl] ;B[cf];W[ch];B[bh];W[bg];B[cg];W[bi];B[bf];W[ci];B[cc];W[cd];B[bd] ;W[dc];B[bc];W[jc];B[jp];W[oo];B[po];W[lo];B[on];W[lq];B[jn];W[no] ;B[op];W[jr];B[el];W[cn];B[cq];W[er];B[iq];W[ir];B[hq];W[fn];B[gl] ;W[nr];B[lm];W[or];B[je];W[nn];B[om];W[nm];B[nl];W[jm];B[km];W[im] ;B[mp];W[lp];B[kn];W[hn];B[mq];W[mr];B[mo];W[jk];B[ej];W[bj];B[dm] ;W[dn];B[kj];W[jj];B[ji];W[ii];B[ih];W[hi];B[eh];W[jh];B[ki];W[ig] ;B[fd];W[ff];B[cm];W[bm];B[en];W[eo];B[ef];W[ee])

BC Card Cup is a mixed tournament as amaterus can also participate. There were five Korean amateurs who each managed to defeat three professional players in a row to make it through the preliminaries, but of the five ones only Han Taehee won in the main tournament.

Yu Bin, a famous Chinese player who used to be in the top a few years ago, also lost to an amateur (Na Hyun).

Here is the game record between Yu Bin 9p and Na Hyun 6 dan amateur: Yu Bin, playing black, lost by half a point.

(; RE[W+0.5] WR[a6] KM[6.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PB[Yu Bin] BR[9d] EV[2nd BC Card Cup integration preliminary tournament final] DT[2010-01-13] PW[Na Hyun] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dp];B[fq];W[hq];B[cf];W[fc];B[bd];W[cn];B[oq] ;W[qf];B[qh];W[of];B[nd];W[pi];B[qe];W[qi];B[rf];W[qg];B[rg];W[rh] ;B[og];W[ph];B[nf];W[qn];B[dr];W[cq];B[fo];W[ho];B[fm];W[hm];B[fk] ;W[dk];B[hc];W[cc];B[ci];W[di];B[dh];W[ei];B[cj];W[ek];B[hl];W[en] ;B[fn];W[im];B[eh];W[gj];B[ep];W[bc];B[do];W[co];B[dq];W[cp];B[lq] ;W[lc];B[jc];W[oc];B[pf];W[nc];B[pc];W[md];B[cl];W[em];B[cm];W[gl] ;B[fl];W[gk];B[fj];W[fi];B[el];W[fh];B[br];W[cr];B[cs];W[bq];B[dn] ;W[bs];B[as];W[aq];B[bm];W[ar];B[hi];W[gi];B[le];W[kd];B[fb];W[eb] ;B[ie];W[je];B[jf];W[id];B[jd];W[ke];B[he];W[kf];B[ql];W[rp];B[qq] ;W[pm];B[pl];W[ol];B[ok];W[pk];B[rn];W[ro];B[pj];W[qk];B[rl];W[rk] ;B[om];W[nl];B[pn];W[qo];B[qm];W[po];B[nm];W[np];B[nq];W[mp];B[ml] ;W[nk];B[mn];W[op];B[kr];W[lo];B[mk];W[nj];B[mj];W[km];B[ni];W[oj] ;B[jg];W[lm];B[mm];W[kg];B[ji];W[kp];B[me];W[jb];B[ic];W[gd];B[hd] ;W[kc];B[pb];W[jh];B[ih];W[kh];B[hg];W[ki];B[jj];W[kj];B[jk];W[kk] ;B[mh];W[rr];B[qr];W[jr];B[rq];W[dm];B[dl];W[gf];B[hf];W[eo];B[jl] ;W[kl];B[oi];W[qj];B[gp];W[be];B[ce];W[cd];B[bf];W[ad];B[jo];W[ko] ;B[jq];W[kq];B[ir];W[lr];B[js];W[mq];B[jp];W[nr];B[jm];W[eg];B[ef] ;W[ff];B[ee];W[fd];B[sr];W[oh];B[nh];W[io];B[jn];W[il];B[or];W[iq] ;B[na];W[sg];B[pg];W[sf];B[re];W[se];B[sd];W[sh];B[rd];W[dg];B[ch] ;W[pp];B[pq];W[gb];B[hr];W[af];B[bg];W[ib];B[hb];W[ha];B[qh];W[qg] ;B[mb];W[mc];B[ka];W[lb];B[hk];W[hj];B[in];W[hn];B[ik];W[gm];B[la] ;W[oa];B[ob];W[nb];B[ma];W[od];B[gc];W[fa];B[do];W[dn];B[pa];W[kb] ;B[oe];W[gq];B[gr];W[bn];B[sk];W[sj];B[sl];W[sn];B[rm];W[ja];B[oa] ;W[ck];B[bk];W[ag];B[ah];W[ae];B[lf];W[lg];B[mg];W[mo];B[an];W[ao] ;B[am];W[on];B[pm];W[nn];B[ds];W[bs];B[ij];W[gh];B[hh];W[ne];B[bo] ;W[bp];B[nd];W[os];B[ps];W[ns];B[ls];W[mr];B[ed];W[ec];B[ne];W[go] ;B[bh];W[fg];B[ge];W[fe];B[sq];W[so];B[ks];W[hp];B[fp];W[qh];B[qf] ;W[li];B[mi])

Iyama Yuta of Japan then restored things to “the natural order” and eliminated Na Hyun. Here is the game record: Iyama Yuta, playing white, won by resignation.

(; KM[6.5] EV[2nd BC Card Cup 1st round] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Iyama Yuta] WR[9d] DT[2010-01-16] BR[a6] RE[W+R] PB[Na Hyun] ;B[qd];W[pp];B[dc];W[cp];B[ep];W[od];B[ld];W[qe];B[re];W[pe];B[rf] ;W[qc];B[rc];W[pd];B[rd];W[ph];B[qb];W[gq];B[er];W[dn];B[fo];W[ck] ;B[hp];W[dq];B[eq];W[kp];B[hq];W[de];B[ce];W[cf];B[cd];W[dg];B[fc] ;W[nq];B[ro];W[rp];B[qp];W[qo];B[qq];W[rq];B[po];W[qn];B[pq];W[op] ;B[rn];W[rr];B[qm];W[pn];B[om];W[pm];B[pl];W[on];B[nn];W[oo];B[rl] ;W[mf];B[fh];W[gf];B[dk];W[cj];B[cl];W[dl];B[co];W[do];B[dp];W[cn] ;B[bo];W[bp];B[dm];W[bl];B[el];W[cm];B[mc];W[nc];B[lf];W[lg];B[me] ;W[nf];B[kf];W[kg];B[jf];W[jg];B[ig];W[ed];B[gb];W[if];B[ie];W[ih] ;B[hg];W[hf];B[hh];W[ii];B[hi];W[id];B[he];W[ge];B[hd];W[ij];B[ol] ;W[qk];B[ql];W[hj];B[fj];W[dj];B[fg];W[ef];B[gl];W[oj];B[kr];W[cr] ;B[dr];W[cq];B[ll];W[nk];B[mm];W[lk];B[lq];W[lp];B[nr];W[mq];B[mr] ;W[or];B[jl];W[mo];B[jq];W[gd];B[hc];W[bf];B[kk];W[kj];B[mk];W[lj] ;B[mj];W[mi];B[be];W[ec];B[eb];W[ae];B[ad];W[af];B[os];W[ns];B[ms] ;W[pr];B[dd];W[nl];B[ml];W[nm];B[qj];W[pj];B[qi];W[hl];B[gm];W[in] ;B[hm];W[km];B[jm];W[kl];B[kn];W[jk];B[jn];W[ln];B[pi];W[oi];B[oh] ;W[og];B[qh];W[nh];B[pg];W[pf];B[oh];W[db];B[fd];W[ee];B[cb];W[ph] ;B[cs];W[qg];B[br];W[rj];B[rk];W[rh])

You can find the tournament table at this link; make sure to look at both top-most (main tournament) and second from the top (preliminary) tables.

Kisei Title Started: Cho U Won Game One

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Cho U, challenger in this year’s Kisei title match, won game one against title holder Yamashita Keigo.

In their most recent encounter, Yamashita captured the Tengen title from Cho U last month.

The record of game one is here. Cho U, playing white, won by resignation.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50] GN[34th Kisei Title Match, game 1]PW[Cho U]PB[Yamashita Keigo]WR[9p]BR[9p]DT[2010-01-14,15]EV[34th Kisei Title Match]RE[W+Resign]MULTIGOGM[1] ;B[qd] ;W[pp] ;B[dd] (;W[dp] (;B[qn] (;W[pk] (;B[np] ;W[pn] (;B[qq] (;W[qo] ;B[pq] (;W[lq] (;B[nr] (;W[qm] (;B[fq] (;W[cn] (;B[dr] (;W[gq] (;B[gp] ;W[hq] (;B[hp] (;W[fr] (;B[eq] (;W[ip] (;B[fo] (;W[ck] (;B[oc] (;W[mq] (;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[jp] ;B[nq] ;W[jr] ;B[cq] ;W[rp] ;B[rq] ;W[cp] ;B[er] ;W[fc] ;B[hc] ;W[df] ;B[ec] ;W[fd] ;B[ee] ;W[eb] ;B[db] ;W[ed] ;B[de] ;W[dc] ;B[cc] ;W[ge] ;B[jd] ;W[qf] ;B[oe] ;W[cf] ;B[ef] ;W[dh] ;B[eh] ;W[di] ;B[ec] ;W[gg] ;B[pg] ;W[rd] ;B[rc] ;W[dc] ;B[ei] ;W[gi] ;B[ej] ;W[pd] ;B[qc] ;W[qh] ;B[dk] ;W[cl] ;B[ig] ;W[hg] ;B[eg] ;W[if] ;B[jf] ;W[jg] ;B[ih] ;W[je] ;B[ie] ;W[kf] ;B[hf] ;W[jf] ;B[he] ;W[kd] ;B[gf] ;W[jc] ;B[id] ;W[hb] ;B[ic] ;W[ib] ;B[kc] ;W[jb] ;B[ld] ;W[ke] ;B[lc] ;W[gc] ;B[fg] ;W[jh] ;B[ii] ;W[ji] ;B[jj] ;W[kj] ;B[ij] ;W[kk] ;B[li] ;W[ki] ;B[qg] ;W[rg] ;B[rh] ;W[rf] ;B[ec] ;W[ga] ;B[ri] ;W[pf] ;B[pi] ;W[qj] ;B[qi] ;W[og] ;B[ph] ;W[of] ;B[ni] ;W[od] ;B[nd] ;W[ne] ;B[pc] ;W[oh] ;B[ok] ;W[oi] ;B[pj] ;W[oj] (;B[qk] ;W[pl] ;B[rl] ;W[md] ;B[nc] ;W[il] ;B[me] ;W[nf] ;B[nn] ;W[nm] ;B[jm] ;W[hk] ;B[cj] ;W[bi] ;B[jl] ;W[jk] ;B[ik] ;W[im] ;B[in] ;W[jn] ;B[kn] ;W[jo] ;B[mm] ;W[nl] ;B[ll] ;W[hh] ;B[fk] ;W[gl] ;B[bj] ;W[dj] ;B[ci] ;W[ch] ;B[bh] ;W[dl] ;B[ek] ;W[bk] ;B[ai] ;W[mo] ;B[no] ;W[mn] ;B[mp] ;W[lo] ;B[bq] ;W[bp] ;B[ap] ;W[ao] ;B[aq] ;W[bg] ;B[dg] ;W[cg] ;B[ce] ;W[af] ;B[ah] ;W[al] ;B[bo] ;W[aj] ;B[ak] ;W[sq] ;B[sr] ;W[aj] ;B[om] ;W[ol] ;B[ak] ;W[rk] ;B[rj] ;W[aj] ;B[ea] ;W[fb] ;B[ak] ;W[sp] ;B[lp] ;W[ko] ;B[rr] ;W[aj] ;B[hm] ;W[hl] ;B[ak] ;W[an] ;B[bn] ;W[aj] ;B[kq] ;W[kp] ;B[ak] ;W[am] ;B[bm] ;W[aj] ;B[kr] ;W[lr] ;B[ak] ;W[bl] ;B[em] ;W[aj] ;B[ks] ;W[ls] ;B[ak] ;W[dn] ;B[eo] ;W[aj] ;B[da] ;W[bi]C[Black resigned.]) (;B[pl] ;W[qk] ;B[ql] ;W[ol] ;B[rk] ;W[nk] ;B[rj])) (;B[nq] ;W[cq]) (;B[cq])) (;W[cq] ;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[jr] ;B[jp] ;W[io] ;B[jo] ;W[in] ;B[jn] ;W[im] ;B[kr])) (;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[jr] ;B[jp] ;W[mq] (;B[io] ;W[nq] ;B[oq] ;W[oc]) (;B[nq] ;W[io] ;B[jo] ;W[in] ;B[lo] ;W[ls])) (;B[jp] (;W[io] ;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[jr] ;B[jo] ;W[in] ;B[jn] ;W[im] ;B[kr]) (;W[iq] ;B[io] ;W[jo] ;B[kp] ;W[kr] ;B[jn] ;W[ko] ;B[lp]))) (;W[io] ;B[cq] ;W[ck]) (;W[mq] ;B[nq] ;W[cq] ;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[jr] ;B[kq] ;W[kr] ;B[io] (;W[jp] ;B[kp] ;W[jo] ;B[lp] ;W[in] ;B[mp] ;W[ho] ;B[fm] ;W[dk] ;B[lr] ;W[er] ;B[dq] ;W[gs] ;B[hm] ;W[jl]) (;W[ck]))) (;B[cl] ;W[dl] ;B[dk] ;W[dm] (;B[fo] ;W[ck] ;B[cj] ;W[bk] ;B[dj] ;W[bl] ;B[kc]) (;B[cq] ;W[fp] ;B[ek] ;W[er] ;B[dq] ;W[fo])) (;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[jr] ;B[kq] (;W[kr] ;B[io] ;W[jp] ;B[kp] ;W[jo] ;B[lp] ;W[fp]) (;W[io] ;B[kr] ;W[fp] ;B[hn] ;W[ep])) (;B[io] ;W[jp] ;B[fo] ;W[ck])) (;W[iq] ;B[cq] ;W[ck])) (;B[iq] ;W[ir] ;B[jr] ;W[ip] ;B[jq] ;W[eq] ;B[fp] ;W[er])) (;W[iq])) (;B[fp] ;W[cq]) (;B[cq] ;W[fr] ;B[eq] ;W[hp] ;B[fo] ;W[ck]) (;B[fr] ;W[cq] ;B[hp] ;W[iq] ;B[ep] (;W[jo]) (;W[oc] ;B[jo])) (;B[ep] ;W[dq] ;B[cr] (;W[bq] ;B[eq] ;W[hp] ;B[gn] ;W[ck]) (;W[eo] ;B[eq] ;W[fo] ;B[cp] ;W[do] ;B[bo]))) (;B[gr] ;W[fr] (;B[gp] ;W[hq] ;B[hr] ;W[eq] ;B[fp] ;W[er] ;B[iq]) (;B[er] ;W[fp] ;B[fs] ;W[hq]))) (;W[cq] ;B[iq]) (;W[hq] ;B[cq] ;W[eq] ;B[er] ;W[fp] ;B[gp] ;W[gq] ;B[fr] ;W[go] ;B[ci])) (;B[iq]LB[dr:A])) (;W[hp]) (;W[eq] ;B[fp] ;W[dn] ;B[ip] ;W[ko])) (;B[oc] (;W[fq] ;B[cf]) (;W[cf] ;B[fc] ;W[bd])) (;B[lc])) (;W[rp]) (;W[od] (;B[oc] ;W[pd] ;B[pc] ;W[qe] ;B[nc] ;W[rd] ;B[qc] ;W[pf] ;B[qm] ;W[pm] ;B[ro] ;W[ql] ;B[qp]) (;B[pf] ;W[qc] ;B[rc] ;W[pc] ;B[re] ;W[lc] ;B[qm] ;W[pm] ;B[ql]))) (;B[mq] ;W[lp] ;B[oc] ;W[no]) (;B[qm] (;W[pm] ;B[ro] ;W[ql] ;B[qp]C[Too much to expect for black.]) (;W[rp] ;B[pm] ;W[on] ;B[om] ;W[nn] ;B[nm] ;W[mn] ;B[mq] ;W[lp] ;B[rq] ;W[nk]))) (;W[od] ;B[oc] ;W[pd] ;B[pc] ;W[qe] ;B[nc] (;W[rd] ;B[qc] ;W[pf]) (;W[nd] ;B[md] ;W[qc] ;B[rd] ;W[qb] ;B[rc])) (;W[qm] ;B[oc] (;W[nq] ;B[oq] ;W[mq] ;B[op] ;W[mp]) (;W[oq] ;B[nq]) (;W[lq] ;B[mq] ;W[lp]))) (;W[pq] ;B[pm] ;W[po] ;B[pl] (;W[ok] ;B[nm] ;W[rp]) (;W[qk] (;B[ro] ;W[rq] ;B[nm] ;W[qg]) (;B[ph])))) (;B[pm] ;W[on] ;B[qo] ;W[op] ;B[rq] ;W[om])) (;B[on] ;W[np] ;B[pi]) (;B[qq] ;W[qp] ;B[pq] ;W[op] ;B[rp] ;W[ro] ;B[rq] ;W[qo] ;B[nq]) (;B[pi] ;W[np] ;B[kd]) (;B[fq] ;W[cn] ;B[np] ;W[pn] ;B[pm] ;W[on] ;B[qp] ;W[qo] ;B[ro] ;W[po] ;B[rm] ;W[qq] ;B[rp] ;W[om] ;B[jq])) (;W[nq] (;B[pj]) (;B[kd] (;W[qo] ;B[pn] ;W[pj] ;B[ph] ;W[nj] ;B[mn]) (;W[pf] (;B[od] ;W[qe] ;B[rd] ;W[qj]) (;B[ph] ;W[pd] ;B[pe] ;W[oe] ;B[qe] ;W[qc] ;B[of] ;W[pc] ;B[qf] ;W[nf] ;B[pg] ;W[nd]))) (;B[od])) (;W[np])) (;B[kc])) (;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]))

The tournament table is here. Game two will be played on January 27 and 28.

All Videos Available For Fenghuang City Match

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Thanks to BadukChannelAmerica, all videos of the Fenghuang City huge board demo match between Lee Sedol and Gu Li are now available.

See the updated blog post.

Weiqi: A symbol of the Chinese experience

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I just found this nice article about the game of Go and the Chinese culture: Weiqi: A symbol of the Chinese experience

A quote from the article:

By considering the board game weiqi (known as go in Japanese and familiar in the West under that name), one of the most significant symbols in the Chinese mental geography, one can develop a better understanding of Chinese dynamics in politics, in business, and even in more trivial social interactions. The Tao of weiqi envelops an esthetic and an intellectual experience that take us closer to Chinese psychology and give us insights on Chinese strategic thinking, but are also, to a certain extent, a way to approach the fundamental patterns of China’s collective success.

Full article here.