Archive for March, 2010

Chunlan Cup After Round Two

Monday, March 29th, 2010

China is dominating the international Chunlan Cup after two rounds. Out of the eight remaining players, five are Chinese: Kong Jie (defeated Choi Cheolhan of Korea), Wang Xi (defeated Yuki Satoshi of Japan), Xie He (defeated Iyama Yuta of Japan), Gu Li (defeated Yamashita Keigo of Japan) and Gu Lingyi (who eliminated Lee Changho of Korea).

Korea will have two representatives in the quarterfinal: Heo Yeongho (who eliminated Chang Hao of China) and Lee Sedol (who eliminated Sun Tengyu of China).

As for Japan, only one of its four representatives who survived round one will play in the next round, and that is no other than the veteran Cho Chikun who defeated Qiu Jun of China.

Here is the record of the game in which Cho Chikun, playing black, defeated Qiu Jun by resignation.

(; KM[7.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] WR[8d] EV[8th Chunlan Cup 2nd round] RE[B+R] PB[Cho Chikun] BR[9d] DT[2010-03-29] PW[Qiu Jun] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[pq];W[dp];B[fq];W[cn];B[ql];W[jp];B[dr];W[gq];B[gr] ;W[fr];B[er];W[fp];B[fs];W[hq];B[cf];W[di];B[cc];W[cd];B[dc];W[ed] ;B[bd];W[be];B[bc];W[ce];B[fc];W[qf];B[qe];W[pf];B[nc];W[qi];B[po] ;W[qc];B[re];W[ob];B[oc];W[pc];B[nb];W[od];B[rf];W[rg];B[pe];W[oe] ;B[of];W[md];B[qg];W[pg];B[qh];W[rh];B[ph];W[og];B[pi];W[nd];B[ri] ;W[mb];B[bf];W[df];B[bh];W[ch];B[bi];W[cg];B[bg];W[cj];B[ae];W[hc] ;B[fd];W[fe];B[ge];W[gd];B[ff];W[ee];B[ec];W[gf];B[he];W[fg];B[hf] ;W[gg];B[ic];W[qj];B[sg];W[qm];B[id];W[pm];B[ro];W[nn];B[np];W[mp] ;B[mq];W[mo];B[lq];W[ih];B[nh];W[mi];B[nl];W[ok];B[ko];W[kp];B[kl] ;W[kn];B[ki];W[jj];B[kj];W[jk];B[kk];W[jl];B[km];W[jm];B[ln];W[jn] ;B[on];W[rj];B[sh];W[rl];B[rn];W[qo];B[qp];W[om];B[lp];W[qk];B[pb] ;W[mc];B[oa];W[qb];B[ma];W[kb];B[la];W[ib];B[hb];W[ng];B[mg];W[nf] ;B[lo];W[qn];B[bj];W[bk];B[bl];W[ak];B[cp];W[do];B[ep];W[eo];B[cq] ;W[gb];B[gc];W[ha];B[cm];W[cl];B[iq];W[ip];B[gp];W[eq];B[hp];W[fr] ;B[pj];W[pk];B[fq];W[hr];B[ir];W[fr];B[eg];W[gs];B[bn];W[dm];B[ef] ;W[bo];B[bp];W[eh];B[de];W[ra];B[rc];W[pa];B[qa];W[rb];B[qd];W[pa] ;B[co];W[bm];B[qa];W[rp];B[rq];W[pa];B[jo];W[io];B[qa];W[an];B[br] ;W[pa];B[hh];W[ob];B[hj];W[gi];B[ii];W[ji];B[jh];W[ig];B[hg];W[hi] ;B[ij];W[jg];B[kh];W[gj];B[pb];W[oo];B[qa];W[sc];B[kc];W[kd];B[jb] ;W[ja];B[jc];W[lb];B[rd];W[pa];B[kg];W[hk];B[qa];W[op];B[pa];W[oq] ;B[jf];W[fb];B[eb];W[le];B[if];W[pr];B[qr];W[pp];B[qq];W[ik];B[kq] ;W[ih];B[mn];W[no];B[dh];W[ei];B[ci];W[nk];B[gh];W[fh];B[nm];W[nq] ;B[hd];W[hb];B[mj];W[mk];B[lk];W[jq];B[jr];W[is];B[kr];W[mr];B[or] ;W[nr];B[ps];W[mh];B[mf];W[oh];B[es];W[fa];B[rm];W[sm];B[sj];W[ea] ;B[da];W[sn];B[sp])

Complete tournament table here.

How Strong Are Professional Players?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Just how strong are top professional go players compared to amateur players?

This question comes up again and again. The replies vary a lot, from saying that current amateurs are so strong that there is little difference between them and top professionals, to saying that there is such a huge gap that amateurs can never get any close to top professionals levels.

It is being said that top Asian amateurs are quite close in strength to mid-level (5 dan) professionals. It is not easy to get a very accurate comparison though due to the fact that there are few chances for amateurs and top professionals to play together. One interesting data point is the series of results of the annual games between the professional Honinbo and amateur Honinbo in Japan. The handicap is adjusted each year according to the previous year’s result, and the handicap seems to vary between 2 and 3 stones.

A very big surprise came recently when Lee Changho was defeated in BC Cup by a Korean ex-insei amateur. A few years ago Fernando Aguilar, a very strong Argentinian amateur, defeated two 9 dan professionals in a row in Toyota and Denso Cup.

These kinds of exceptional results are keeping the amateurs hopes high. But exceptional results are statistical improbable. We have to look at several games to draw a meaningful conclusion.

At the recently finished Shusaku Cup organized in Romania there were two Chinese professional players invited (Luo Xihe 9p and Huang Yizhong 7p), and they played teaching games with several top players. Last year the guests were Mok Jinseok 9p and Kim Seung-Jun 9p of South Korea. The professional guests gave between 2 and 4 stones handicap to several European players rated 5-7 dan and won almost all games both in 2009 and 2010 editions. This shows that professional players are very very strong.

Pal Balogh 6d received 3 stones from Luo Xihe 9p and won by 3.5 points. This is the only instance when the amateur player won in the series of the Shusaku Cup demo/teaching games that I saw.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]HA[3]KM[0.5]TM[1800]OT[10/300 Canadian] GN[Shusaku Cup 9p demo game]PW[Luo Xihe]PB[Pal Balogh]WR[9p]BR[6d]DT[2010-03-27]PC[Tirgu Mures, Romania]AB[pd][dp][pp]RE[B+3.50] ;W[dc] ;B[de] ;W[nq] ;B[lq] ;W[qf] ;B[qh] ;W[pm] ;B[np] ;W[of] ;B[nd] ;W[pi] ;B[oq] ;W[lc] ;B[me] ;W[jd] ;B[rd] ;W[oc] ;B[od] ;W[nc] ;B[pc] ;W[qi] ;B[cc] ;W[cn] ;B[cl] ;W[en] ;B[fp] ;W[dh] ;B[db] ;W[ec] ;B[eb] ;W[cd] ;B[bc] ;W[hq] ;B[go] ;W[fr] ;B[bp] ;W[dr] (;B[ip] ;W[iq] ;B[jp] ;W[dk] ;B[bn] ;W[co] ;B[bo] ;W[cp] ;B[ck] ;W[cq] ;B[fc] ;W[cj] ;B[bj] ;W[bi] ;B[bk] ;W[rp] ;B[qo] ;W[ro] ;B[qn] ;W[qq] ;B[pr] ;W[rn] ;B[qm] ;W[qr] ;B[rf] ;W[rg] ;B[qe] ;W[sf] ;B[pf] ;W[qg] (;B[pg] ;W[ph] ;B[og] ;W[hc] ;B[fe] ;W[kr] ;B[kq] ;W[ql] ;B[rm] ;W[rl] ;B[nm] ;W[nr] ;B[mq] ;W[or] ;B[pq] ;W[ps] ;B[os] ;W[ns] ;B[mr] ;W[cf] ;B[ce] ;W[be] ;B[df] ;W[bg] ;B[dl] ;W[dj] ;B[sn] ;W[rr] ;B[pl] ;W[pk] ;B[ol] ;W[gb] ;B[hl] ;W[bq] ;B[bm] ;W[jl] ;B[re] ;W[ri] ;B[jk] ;W[kk] ;B[ik] ;W[ll] ;B[kj] ;W[lj] ;B[li] ;W[ki] ;B[jj] ;W[mj] ;B[mi] ;W[ok] ;B[km] ;W[lm] ;B[kl] ;W[nl] ;B[om] ;W[kn] ;B[lk] ;W[mk] ;B[jn] ;W[kk] ;B[jm] ;W[bd] ;B[dd] ;W[pb] ;B[qb] ;W[ob] ;B[cg] ;W[bf] ;B[dg] ;W[ch] ;B[kh] ;W[nh] ;B[qs] ;W[rs] ;B[je] ;W[id] ;B[kd] ;W[kc] ;B[ie] ;W[fh] ;B[gh] ;W[gi] ;B[hi] ;W[gg] ;B[hh] ;W[hg] ;B[ig] ;W[qa] ;B[rb] ;W[gn] ;B[fi] ;W[he] ;B[gj] ;W[ac] ;B[ab] ;W[ad] ;B[bb] ;W[fo] ;B[gp] ;W[qs] ;B[jr] ;W[ir] ;B[jq] ;W[eq] ;B[ep] ;W[ng] ;B[nf] (;W[lg] ;B[gd] ;W[hd] ;B[sl] ;W[js] ;B[ms] ;W[os] ;B[sk] ;W[rj] ;B[aq] ;W[ar] ;B[ap] ;W[br] ;B[hn] ;W[so] ;B[sm] ;W[mn] ;B[no] ;W[gm] ;B[hm] ;W[jg] ;B[if] ;W[jh] ;B[ji] ;W[kg] ;B[ih] (;W[ni] ;B[ko] ;W[ln] ;B[ra] ;W[ge] ;B[pa] ;W[mc] ;B[ei] ;W[di] ;B[se] ;W[sg] ;B[ks] ;W[is] ;B[lr] ;W[fb] ;B[rk] ;W[qk] ;B[gl] ;W[qp] ;B[pn] ;W[fk] ;B[em] ;W[fn] ;B[fq] ;W[gq] ;B[dq] ;W[er] ;B[eh] ;W[fg] ;B[eg] ;W[nn] ;B[on] ;W[ff] ;B[hf] ;W[gf] ;B[ef] ;W[gk] ;B[hk] ;W[hp] ;B[ho] ;W[gc] ;B[fd] ;W[fa] ;B[ea] ;W[oh] ;B[oe] ;W[aj] ;B[ak] ;W[ai] ;B[sj] ;W[si] ;B[oa] ;W[na] ;B[qa] ;W[lo] ;B[lp] ;W[mo] ;B[lk] ;W[ml] ;B[mp] ;W[kk] ;B[el] ;W[ek] ;B[lk] ;W[le] ;B[ke] ;W[mf] ;B[mh] ;W[md] ;B[mg] ;W[ne] ;B[sq] ;W[sr] ;B[me] ;W[lf] ;B[ld] ;W[ne] ;B[gr] ;W[gs] ;B[me] ;W[lh] ;B[ki] ;W[ne] ;B[hs] ;W[hr] ;B[me] ;W[cb] ;B[ca] ;W[ne] ;B[rh] ;W[sh] ;B[me] ;W[ed] ;B[ne] ;W[ee] ;B[fj] ;W[kk]C[Game record not complete. Reportedly, black won by 3.5p. The result would have been jigo if white didn't make a mistake in yose, earlier.]) (;W[ko])) (;W[sl] ;B[mg] ;W[lf])) (;B[hc])) (;B[el]))

Ilia Shikshin 7d received 2 stones from Luo Xihe 9p and lost by 0.5 points.

(;FF[4]GM[1]SZ[19]ST[2]CA[UTF-8]AP[SGFC:1.16] GN[Demonstration Shusaku Cup 2010] PB[Ilia Shikshin] BR[7d] HA[2] PW[Luo Xihe] WR[9p] KM[0.5] DT[2010-03-26] PC[Tirgu Mures, Romania] RE[W+0.5] TM[1800] OT[10/300 Canadian] RU[Japanese] AB[pd][dp];W[dc];B[pq];W[qo];B[qk];W[qf];B[qh];W[cn];B[fq];W[nc] ;B[pf];W[ci];B[jc];W[pg];B[of];W[qg];B[qe];W[qc];B[rf];W[pc] ;B[rg];W[hc];B[de];W[cd];B[eh];W[ie];B[lc];W[md];B[ke];W[ei] ;B[fi];W[fh];B[eg];W[di];B[ge];W[gi];B[fj];W[gh];B[gc];W[ff] ;B[hd];W[ed];B[np];W[qq];B[qr];W[rr];B[pr];W[rp];B[rn];W[qn] ;B[rm];W[qm];B[ql];W[om];B[jp];W[mn];B[lo];W[hq];B[hp];W[iq] ;B[ip];W[gq];B[fp];W[lr];B[mr];W[kq];B[jr];W[jq];B[gr];W[mq] ;B[nr];W[ko];B[kp];W[lp];B[mo];W[hr];B[kn];W[gp];B[go];W[fo] ;B[gn];W[fr];B[er];W[gs];B[ml];W[nk];B[pp];W[pl];B[oj];W[mk] ;B[lk];W[lj];B[kk];W[mi];B[cl];W[cp];B[cq];W[do];B[dq];W[el] ;B[bp];W[ji];B[dm];W[em];B[dn];W[fn];B[eo];W[gm];B[in];W[ic] ;B[id];W[gb];B[fc];W[fb];B[jb];W[ec];B[fe];W[ee];B[hb];W[jm] ;B[jn];W[ck];B[bk];W[bl];B[dk];W[cj];B[bm];W[dl];B[cm];W[gf] ;B[rd];W[rc];B[bj];W[bi];B[hm];W[gl];B[mb];W[nb];B[hl];W[en] ;B[co];W[hk];B[ik];W[hj];B[ga];W[eb];B[nh];W[he];B[ib];W[ij] ;B[jk];W[mm];B[nl];W[ok];B[pk];W[ll];B[lm];W[nq];B[oq];W[oo] ;B[op];W[nm];B[kl];W[ng];B[og];W[ni];B[oi];W[mh];B[jf];W[oh] ;B[ph];W[ig];B[qp];W[ro];B[rq];W[sq];B[sc];W[sb];B[sd];W[qb] ;B[rs];W[sn];B[rl];W[ls];B[sr];W[kg];B[jg];W[jh];B[od];W[na] ;B[mp];W[lq];B[je];W[aj];B[al];W[ld];B[kd];W[la];B[lb];W[ma] ;B[lg];W[kh];B[mg];W[nf];B[ne];W[nh];B[me];W[po];B[ms];W[ka] ;B[es];W[fs];B[oc];W[kb];B[kc];W[ob];B[no];W[ai];B[ak];W[nn] ;B[if];W[hf];B[nd];W[mc];B[fa];W[ea];B[ha];W[fd];B[gd];W[ol] ;B[ll];W[sm];B[sl];W[so];B[nj];W[mj];B[lh];W[kj];B[li];W[ja] ;B[gk];W[fk];B[sp])

Ondrej Silt 6d received 3 stones from Luo Xihe 9p and lost by resignation.

(;FF[4]GM[1]SZ[19]ST[2]CA[UTF-8]AP[SGFC:1.16] GN[Demonstration game Shusaku-cup 2010 board 1] EV[Demonstration game Shusaku-cup 2010 board 1] PB[Ondrej Silt] BR[6d] HA[3] PW[Luo Xihe] WR[9p] KM[0.5] DT[2010-03-25] PC[Tirgu Mures, Romania] RE[W+R] TM[3600] OT[1x10 byo-yomi] RU[Japanese] US[HW9x9] AB[pd][dp][pp];W[dc];B[de];W[nq];B[lq];W[gp];B[ip];W[dn];B[eo] ;W[gn];B[en];W[no];B[pn];W[in];B[ko];W[nm];B[km];W[pl];B[pq] ;W[el];B[em];W[dl];B[fl];W[fm];B[dm];W[cl];B[cm];W[iq];B[jq] ;W[dr];B[dq];W[il];B[fk];W[di];B[hq];W[gq];B[ho];W[go];B[er] ;W[ir];B[hr];W[hp];B[jr];W[io];B[is];W[fd];B[fe];W[ge];B[ff] ;W[fi];B[cc];W[cb];B[cj];W[ci];B[bl];W[dj];B[bk];W[bj];B[ck] ;W[dk];B[ed];W[fc];B[gf];W[he];B[cd];W[nc];B[hf];W[ie];B[if] ;W[je];B[hk];W[hi];B[ik];W[jk];B[hl];W[ij];B[im];W[jl];B[hm] ;W[jm];B[hn];W[jn];B[gm];W[fn];B[gk];W[cf];B[df];W[be];B[kg] ;W[qf];B[oe];W[nf];B[ki];W[jh];B[jf];W[ne];B[ke];W[kd];B[ji] ;W[kh];B[ih];W[lh];B[ii];W[hj];B[gr];W[li];B[hh];W[fj];B[fq] ;W[dg];B[eg];W[qc];B[cg];W[bg];B[ld];W[le];B[lf];W[kf];B[ec] ;W[eb];B[ke];W[jp];B[iq];W[kf];B[lj];W[mj];B[ke];W[gj];B[fp] ;W[kf];B[fb];W[hc];B[ke];W[me];B[jd];W[kf];B[gb];W[hb];B[ke] ;W[kc];B[lk];W[mk];B[ll];W[mm];B[kn];W[qo];B[dh];W[ch];B[qn] ;W[po];B[oo];W[on];B[op];W[ro];B[rn];W[rq];B[rl];W[qr];B[qj] ;W[ri];B[pr];W[so];B[sn];W[qq];B[rj];W[mq];B[om];W[nn];B[qh] ;W[rh];B[qg];W[qi];B[pi];W[rg];B[pf];W[pj];B[rf];W[qe];B[re] ;W[qd];B[oi];W[rd];B[si];W[se];B[pk];W[oj];B[ok];W[nj];B[ol] ;W[jj];B[jc];W[kf];B[bi];W[bh];B[ke];W[gc];B[lc];W[kf];B[db] ;W[da];B[ke];W[kb];B[lb];W[kf];B[ml];W[mg];B[nr];W[mr];B[np] ;W[mp];B[mo];W[lo];B[lp];W[mn];B[ms];W[os];B[or];W[ls];B[ps] ;W[qp];B[lr];W[ns];B[ms];W[ns];B[ks];W[qs];B[ms];W[mo])

Cornel Burzo 6d received 3 stones from Huang Yizhong 7p and lost by time.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]HA[3]KM[0.5]TM[3600]OT[1x30 byo-yomi] GN[Demonstration game Shusaku-Cup 2010 board 2]PW[Huang Yizhong]PB[Cornel Burzo]WR[7p]BR[6d]DT[2010-03-25]EV[Demonstration game Shusaku-Cup 2010 board 2]PC[Tirgu Mures, Romania]AB[pd][dp][pp]RE[W+Time] ;W[dc] ;B[de] ;W[nq] ;B[cc] ;W[qn] ;B[oo] ;W[qq] ;B[dd] ;W[ec] ;B[cb] ;W[ic] ;B[mp] ;W[qp] ;B[mq] ;W[cn] ;B[fq] ;W[nc] (;B[qf] ;W[bp] ;B[cm] ;W[bm] ;B[bn] ;W[cl] ;B[dm] ;W[bo] ;B[dl] ;W[ck] ;B[dn] ;W[an] ;B[pb] ;W[kr] ;B[nr] ;W[hq] ;B[ql] ;W[ne] (;B[ir] ;W[hr] ;B[iq] ;W[ip] ;B[hp] ;W[jq] ;B[io] ;W[jp] ;B[gq] ;W[ho] ;B[gp] ;W[is] ;B[in] ;W[on] ;B[nn] ;W[om] ;B[gr] ;W[jr] (;B[ro] ;W[po] ;B[qo] ;W[pn] ;B[rn] ;W[op] ;B[no] ;W[or] ;B[lr] ;W[kn] ;B[ko] ;W[jo] ;B[jn] ;W[km] ;B[kp] ;W[ks] ;B[nm] ;W[ol] ;B[pq] ;W[pr] ;B[mk] ;W[nk] ;B[nl] ;W[mj] ;B[lk] ;W[qj] ;B[rp] ;W[rq] ;B[rj] ;W[rk] ;B[qk] ;W[rl] ;B[pj] ;W[qi] ;B[ri] ;W[qm] ;B[ok] ;W[rh] ;B[nj] ;W[qg] ;B[pi] ;W[qh] ;B[pf] ;W[ie] ;B[gc] ;W[ej] ;B[kc] ;W[ke] ;B[ch] ;W[dh] ;B[ci] ;W[dk] ;B[id] ;W[jd] ;B[ib] ;W[hb] ;B[hc] ;W[hd] ;B[jc] ;W[id] ;B[jb] ;W[df] ;B[ef] ;W[cf] ;B[eg] ;W[dg] ;B[eh] ;W[di] ;B[gb] ;W[fe] ;B[gg] ;W[jh] ;B[hf] ;W[gd] ;B[jg] ;W[kg] ;B[jf] ;W[kf] ;B[kh] ;W[ee] ;B[gj] ;W[be] ;B[fc]LB[md:A] ;W[ed] ;B[eb] ;W[gi] ;B[hi] ;W[hj] ;B[fi] ;W[gk] ;B[gh] ;W[cd] ;B[md] ;W[lh] ;B[ki] ;W[hn] ;B[im] ;W[hm] ;B[il] ;W[hl]) (;B[po] ;W[qm] ;B[qo] ;W[ro] ;B[rp])) (;B[pr] ;W[on] ;B[nn] ;W[om] ;B[qi])) (;B[co] ;W[qf] ;B[oe] ;W[qc] ;B[dn]))

Lucian Corlan 5d received 4 stones from Huang Yizhong 7p and lost by 2.5 points.

(;FF[4]GM[1]SZ[19]ST[2]CA[UTF-8]AP[SGFC:1.16] GN[Shusaku Cup 2010 7p demo] PB[Lucian Corlan] BR[5d] HA[4] PW[Huang Yizhong] WR[7p] KM[0.5] DT[2010-03-27] PC[Tirgu Mures, Romania] RE[W+2.5] TM[1800] OT[10/300 Canadian] RU[Japanese] AB[dd][pd][dp][pp];W[nq];B[qn];W[fq];B[hq];W[fo];B[cn];W[ip] ;B[eq];W[fr];B[kp];W[iq];B[mp];W[cf];B[fd];W[cl];B[di];W[ef] ;B[en];W[el];B[fn];W[fi];B[go];W[hd];B[ge];W[bd];B[jd];W[he] ;B[hf];W[if];B[gg];W[je];B[dg];W[df];B[fh];W[eh];B[ei];W[eg] ;B[hh];W[fj];B[dk];W[dl];B[ek];W[fk];B[fl];W[ck];B[ci];W[hj] ;B[jh];W[jj];B[ld];W[le];B[md];W[lh];B[ki];W[fm];B[ir];W[hr] ;B[jr];W[gp];B[ho];W[hp];B[hs];W[gq];B[gs];W[io];B[gl];W[gm] ;B[hm];W[hl];B[gn];W[gk];B[jn];W[in];B[im];W[ko];B[lp];W[jm] ;B[hn];W[km];B[ln];W[kn];B[li];W[mh];B[lk];W[qc];B[pc];W[qd] ;B[qf];W[rf];B[pq];W[qg];B[pf];W[rh];B[qk];W[pb];B[ob];W[qb] ;B[er];W[nb];B[nc];W[oa];B[mb];W[oc];B[od];W[jg];B[cc];W[bc] ;B[bb];W[ml];B[jp];W[jo];B[be];W[ce];B[cd];W[bf];B[ac];W[ae] ;B[kg];W[ih];B[re];W[qe];B[ig];W[hg];B[rg];W[sg];B[ig];W[jf] ;B[ii];W[kh];B[ji];W[me];B[ob];W[fs];B[bm];W[bl];B[es];W[db] ;B[cb];W[gc];B[id];W[ie];B[na];W[ec];B[ed];W[jq];B[kq];W[nn] ;B[np];W[rk];B[ql];W[rj];B[rl];W[lo];B[nf];W[ic];B[jc];W[ib] ;B[jb];W[ja];B[ka];W[ia];B[kd];W[fc];B[sk];W[sj];B[sl];W[pm] ;B[pn];W[om];B[on];W[no];B[mo];W[mn];B[oo];W[ok];B[qi];W[ri] ;B[qm];W[dn];B[do];W[dm];B[bo];W[gr];B[ol];W[nl];B[pl];W[nm] ;B[ll];W[lm];B[ke];W[kf];B[ne];W[mg];B[da];W[ea];B[ca];W[is] ;B[ks];W[pa];B[dc];W[eb];B[pg];W[qh];B[al];W[ak];B[am];W[fg] ;B[ff];W[gh];B[eo];W[fp];B[ij];W[jk];B[hi];W[ee];B[fe];W[mf] ;B[gi];W[ab];B[aa];W[qj];B[oj];W[pj];B[nk];W[pk];B[nj];W[oi] ;B[ph];W[pi];B[pe];W[mk];B[mj];W[og];B[of];W[ep];B[js];W[hs] ;B[ab];W[ad];B[ng];W[oh];B[il];W[ik];B[gj];W[hk];B[cm];W[jl] ;B[nh];W[ni];B[lj];W[mi];B[kj];W[kl];B[kk];W[fh];B[gd])

Artam Kachanovsky 6d received 3 stones from Huang Yizhong 7p and lost by resignation.

(;FF[4]GM[1]SZ[19]ST[2]CA[UTF-8]AP[SGFC:1.16] EV[SHUSAKU CUP 3] PB[Artam Kachanovsky] BR[6d] PW[Huang Yizhong] WR[7p] KM[0.5] DT[2010-03-26] PC[The KGS Go Server at http://www.gokgs.com/] RE[W+R] TM[3600] OT[15/300 Canadian] RU[Japanese] ;AB[dd][pd][dp];W[qp];B[op];W[cf];B[fc];W[lp];B[pm];W[oo];B[no] ;W[on];B[pp];W[qn];B[qq];W[qo];B[pr];W[om];B[nn];W[qi];B[ip] ;W[cn];B[fp];W[dj];B[ko];W[nc];B[lc];W[pf];B[oc];W[nd];B[oe] ;W[ob];B[pb];W[od];B[pe];W[pc];B[qc];W[qf];B[of];W[ld];B[kc] ;W[mf];B[oh];W[pj];B[oj];W[ok];B[qh];W[rh];B[ph];W[rg];B[mj] ;W[nk];B[mh];W[gq];B[iq];W[gp];B[fo];W[ho];B[io];W[hn];B[fm] ;W[hl];B[fk];W[el];B[gm];W[hm];B[dm];W[cm];B[dl];W[bk];B[ll] ;W[mm];B[lm];W[hj];B[fi];W[hh];B[jg];W[je];B[jd];W[ie];B[hg] ;W[gh];B[di];W[ci];B[ej];W[dh];B[eh];W[dg];B[eg];W[id];B[gg] ;W[er];B[fq];W[fr];B[hr];W[gr];B[cq];W[ei];B[go];W[hp];B[di] ;W[dq];B[ic];W[hc];B[hb];W[ib];B[jc];W[gb];B[hd];W[gc];B[gd] ;W[fb];B[ke];W[fd];B[ge];W[ec];B[dr];W[eq];B[br];W[cp];B[bp] ;W[co];B[dk];W[ei];B[cs];W[jh];B[kg];W[fh];B[di];W[cj];B[ei] ;W[fg];B[ff];W[ef];B[ee];W[df];B[gk];W[fe];B[gf];W[kn];B[jm] ;W[jl];B[gj];W[ih];B[ig];W[km];B[jn];W[kl];B[ln];W[lo];B[kp] ;W[lq];B[il];W[ik];B[im];W[jo];B[jp];W[in];B[jo];W[jr];B[hk] ;W[jk];B[ir];W[kq])

Lucian Corlan 5d received 3 stones from Mok Jinseok 9p and lost by resignation.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[0.5]TM[1800]OT[3x30 byo-yomi] GN[SHUSAKU CUP 2009, Tirgu Mures, ROMANIA]PW[MOK JINSEOK]PB[LUCIAN CORLAN]WR[9p]BR[5d]DT[2009-03-29]RO[Handicap game]RE[W+R]PC[The KGS Go Server at http://www.gokgs.com/] ;B[pd] ;W[] ;B[dd] ;W[] ;B[dp] ;W[pq] ;B[dj] ;W[fq] ;B[hq] ;W[fc] ;B[hc] ;W[ch] ;B[fd] ;W[cd] ;B[ce] ;W[cc] ;B[de] ;W[eb] ;B[gc] ;W[eh] ;B[fj] ;W[gh] ;B[hj] ;W[ih]LB[gd:A] ;B[if] ;W[ge] ;B[gd] ;W[cn] ;B[fp] ;W[gp] ;B[gq] ;W[cp] ;B[cq] ;W[ep] ;B[fo] ;W[dq] ;B[do] ;W[eo] ;B[en] ;W[eq] ;B[dn] ;W[fn] ;B[go] ;W[co] ;B[dl] ;W[cr] ;B[bq] ;W[br] ;B[fr] ;W[er] ;B[es] ;W[dr] ;B[cm] ;W[bm] ;B[bl] ;W[an] ;B[hp] ;W[ck] ;B[cl] ;W[nc] ;B[ld] ;W[ne] ;B[qf] ;W[pb] ;B[mc] ;W[md] ;B[lc] ;W[qc] ;B[nb] ;W[oc] ;B[qd] ;W[ob] ;B[qi] ;W[qo] ;B[nq] ;W[mp] ;B[pp] ;W[qp] ;B[pr] ;W[qq] ;B[np] ;W[mq] ;B[mr] ;W[lr] ;B[or] ;W[ms] ;B[nr] ;W[mo] ;B[on] ;W[qm] ;B[nm] ;W[lm] ;B[kh] ;W[fm] ;B[el] ;W[hn] ;B[jj] ;W[ik] ;B[ij] ;W[bk] ;B[kq] ;W[kp] ;B[jp] ;W[jo] ;B[ko] ;W[kn] ;B[lp] ;W[lo] ;B[lq] ;W[kp] ;B[jq] ;W[lk] (;B[di] ;W[dh] ;B[bj] ;W[bi] ;B[dc] ;W[db] ;B[bb] ;W[cb] ;B[be] ;W[ki] ;B[ji] ;W[jh] ;B[kj] ;W[ba] ;B[cj] ;W[jf] ;B[fg] ;W[ei] ;B[fh] ;W[ej] ;B[fk] ;W[aj] ;B[dk] ;W[al] ;B[kg] ;W[ie] ;B[ke] ;W[fi] ;B[gi] ;W[hi] ;B[gj] ;W[ef] ;B[gg] ;W[gf] ;B[eg] ;W[df] ;B[dg] ;W[cf] ;B[cg] ;W[bg] (;B[bf] ;W[hg] ;B[hh] ;W[kf] ;B[lf] ;W[gh] (;B[bp] ;W[ff] ;B[bo] ;W[gr] ;B[gs] ;W[fs] (;B[ac] ;W[ir] ;B[bc] ;W[ec] ;B[ed] ;W[gb] ;B[fa] ;W[hb] ;B[ib] ;W[bd] ;B[ad] ;W[ic] ;B[jb] ;W[jc] ;B[kc] ;W[hd] ;B[ca] ;W[fb] ;B[aa] ;W[ia] ;B[kb] ;W[ae] ;B[af] ;W[da] (;B[ba] ;W[ag]C[Black resigned.]) (;B[ga] ;W[ba] ;B[ja] ;W[ab] ;B[ae] ;W[ag] ;B[ha])) (;B[kl])) (;B[kl] ;W[ff] (;B[ll]) (;B[jm]))) (;B[ff] ;W[fe] ;B[hh] ;W[ee] ;B[bf])) (;B[dc]C[Black should first play here.] ;W[db] ;B[bb] ;W[cb] ;B[be] ;W[ba] ;B[di] ;W[dh] ;B[bi] ;W[ci] ;B[bh] ;W[cj] ;B[al]))

Ali Jabarin 5d received 4 stones from Mok Jinseok 9p and lost by resignation.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[0.5]TM[3600]OT[3x30 byo-yomi] GN[demonstration]PW[MOK JINSEOK]PB[ALI JABARIN]WR[9p]BR[5d]DT[2009-03-27]EV[SHUSAKU CUP 2009]PC[The KGS Go Server at http://www.gokgs.com/]RE[W+Resign] ;B[pd] ;W[] ;B[dd] ;W[] ;B[pp] ;W[] ;B[dp] ;W[nq] ;B[qn] ;W[iq] ;B[gq] ;W[cn] ;B[cp] ;W[ck] ;B[go] ;W[cf] ;B[fc] ;W[qf] ;B[nd] ;W[pj] ;B[pr] ;W[lp] ;B[ci] ;W[bd] ;B[cc] ;W[de] ;B[cd] ;W[bc] ;B[bb] ;W[ed] ;B[db] ;W[ec] ;B[eb] ;W[fd] ;B[gc] ;W[ei] ;B[dj] ;W[el] ;B[dl] ;W[dk] ;B[ej] ;W[fi] ;B[ek] ;W[dm] ;B[fl] ;W[em] ;B[gk] ;W[lc] ;B[gd] ;W[ff] ;B[jc] ;W[oc] ;B[pc] ;W[nc] ;B[od] ;W[md] ;B[mb] ;W[mc] ;B[nf] ;W[rd] ;B[rc] ;W[qd] ;B[qc] ;W[jb] ;B[ib] ;W[pg] ;B[lb] ;W[kc] ;B[kb] ;W[jd] ;B[ic] ;W[kg] ;B[nh] ;W[mg] ;B[ng] ;W[gn] ;B[ho] ;W[hn] ;B[hf] ;W[ik] ;B[hj] ;W[hg] ;B[ij] ;W[ig] ;B[jk] ;W[io] ;B[rj] ;W[kj] ;B[kk] ;W[mj] ;B[lj] ;W[li] ;B[lk] ;W[qm] ;B[qk] ;W[pn] ;B[qo] ;W[pm] ;B[pk] ;W[oj] ;B[qi] ;W[pi] ;B[ph] ;W[qh] ;B[oh] ;W[rh] ;B[ok] ;W[nk] ;B[nl] ;W[mk] ;B[ml] ;W[mi] ;B[om] ;W[pe] ;B[ob] ;W[nb] ;B[pb] ;W[ll] ;B[im] ;W[lm] ;B[in] ;W[oo] ;B[mo] ;W[mm] ;B[on] ;W[po] ;B[lo] ;W[nn] ;B[no] ;W[ol] ;B[pl] ;W[rl] ;B[rk] ;W[op] ;B[kn] ;W[qq] (;B[rq] ;W[ri] ;B[mn] ;W[nm] ;B[ol] ;W[sj] ;B[km] ;W[sk] ;B[ln] ;W[qr] ;B[pq] ;W[rp] ;B[qp] ;W[rr] ;B[mq] ;W[mr] ;B[nr] ;W[lr] ;B[oq] ;W[np] ;B[mp] ;W[rn] ;B[ro] ;W[sp] ;B[sn] ;W[rm] ;B[jr] ;W[jq] ;B[kr] ;W[lq] ;B[kq] ;W[kp] ;B[ir] ;W[jp] (;B[be] ;W[gp] ;B[fo] ;W[hr] ;B[bo] ;W[bn] ;B[gr] ;W[hq] ;B[hs] ;W[fp] ;B[hp] ;W[eq]C[Black resigned]) (;B[hq] ;W[os] ;B[bo])) (;B[qr] ;W[rr] ;B[pq]))

Lucian Deaconu 5d received 3 stones from Kim Seung-Jun 9p and lost by 0.5 points.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[0.5]TM[1800]OT[3x30 byo-yomi] GN[SHUSAKU CUP 2009, ROMANIA]PW[KIM SEUNG-JUN]PB[LUCIAN DEACONU]WR[9p]BR[5d]DT[2009-03-28]RE[W+0.50] ;B[pd] ;W[] ;B[dd] ;W[] ;B[dp] ;W[pp] ;B[qn] ;W[np] ;B[pj] ;W[fq] ;B[cn] ;W[ip] ;B[jd] ;W[cf] ;B[ch] ;W[ef] ;B[fd] ;W[di] ;B[ce] ;W[bf] ;B[dh] ;W[eh] ;B[ei] ;W[ej] (;B[eg] ;W[fi] ;B[df] ;W[fg] ;B[dg] ;W[qf] ;B[qe] ;W[pf] ;B[nd] ;W[ql] ;B[ph] ;W[ol] ;B[ng] ;W[nj] ;B[kq] ;W[jq] ;B[jo] ;W[jp] ;B[qp] ;W[qq] ;B[po] ;W[rp] ;B[ro] ;W[qo] ;B[kp] ;W[ko] ;B[qp] ;W[oo] ;B[rq] ;W[qo] ;B[kn] ;W[lo] ;B[qp] ;W[ee] ;B[qo] ;W[de] ;B[cd] ;W[ci] ;B[bh] ;W[bi] ;B[ff] ;W[fe] ;B[ge] ;W[gf] ;B[ed] ;W[ff] ;B[pq] ;W[oq] ;B[op] ;W[he] ;B[or] ;W[pp] ;B[qr] ;W[cq] ;B[dq] ;W[cp] ;B[co] ;W[dr] ;B[er] ;W[cr] ;B[eq] ;W[fr] ;B[eo] ;W[fp] ;B[gn] ;W[fo] ;B[fn] ;W[dm] ;B[cm] ;W[dl] ;B[en] ;W[es] ;B[bk] ;W[bo] ;B[bn] ;W[bp] ;B[fl] ;W[gd] ;B[ln] ;W[mo] ;B[jn] ;W[nr] ;B[pm] ;W[qi] ;B[pi] ;W[qh] ;B[qj] ;W[rj] ;B[rk] ;W[si] ;B[rf] ;W[rg] ;B[re] ;W[qk] ;B[rl] ;W[rm] ;B[pl] ;W[sk] ;B[pk] ;W[qm] ;B[be] ;W[ai] ;B[gb] ;W[lc] ;B[nc] ;W[gc] ;B[fb] ;W[ic] ;B[jc] ;W[hb] ;B[jb] ;W[jf] ;B[ld] ;W[fc] ;B[ec] ;W[jk] ;B[hk] ;W[ho] ;B[jl] ;W[kl] ;B[il] ;W[os] ;B[op] ;W[pr] ;B[on] ;W[ji] ;B[hi] ;W[ih] ;B[af] ;W[ag] ;B[ae] ;W[ah] ;B[no] ;W[mp] ;B[dk] ;W[ek] ;B[cl] ;W[ke] ;B[kd] ;W[el] ;B[hh] ;W[hg] ;B[lk] ;W[lj] ;B[kk] ;W[kj] ;B[ll] ;W[oe] ;B[pg] ;W[qg] ;B[mj] ;W[mi] ;B[mk] ;W[od] ;B[oc] ;W[pe] ;B[qd] ;W[mg] ;B[mf] ;W[lg] ;B[ni] ;W[nh] ;B[oi] ;W[mn] ;B[mm] ;W[nn] ;B[nm] ;W[nf] ;B[ne] ;W[og] ;B[lf] ;W[kf] ;B[id] ;W[eb] ;B[db] ;W[hn] ;B[hm] ;W[oo] ;B[go] ;W[gp] ;B[no] ;W[gh] ;B[ie] ;W[if] ;B[fk] ;W[gj] ;B[hj] ;W[an] ;B[am] ;W[ao] ;B[ak] ;W[le] ;B[me] ;W[dj] ;B[ck] ;W[gk] ;B[gl] ;W[ga] ;B[ea] ;W[sf] ;B[se] ;W[sg] ;B[fj] ;W[gi] ;B[ii] ;W[jh] ;B[oo] ;W[qs] ;B[rs] ;W[ps] ;B[ib] ;W[hc] ;B[ia] ;W[ha] ;B[hd] ;W[em] ;B[in] ;W[fm] ;B[io] ;W[hp] ;B[gm] ;W[sn] ;B[so] ;W[ge] ;B[fa] ;W[sl] ;B[rn] ;W[dn] ;B[do] ;W[jj] ;B[ik] ;W[sm] ;B[je] ;W[oh] ;B[cj] ;W[bj] ;B[aj] ;W[ep]) (;B[fi] ;W[fh] ;B[dj] ;W[ci] ;B[cj] ;W[bi] ;B[ek] ;W[bj] ;B[fj]))

Shusaku Cup

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The third edition of the Romanian Shusaku Cup has ended. In-Seong Hwang 7d of Korea won all six rounds. Catalin Taranu 5p or Romania came second as he lost just one game, against In-Seong Hwang, by half a point. Ilja Shikshin 7d of Russia was third, leading the block of players who had two losses (the others were Cristian Pop 7d of Romania, Artem Kachanovskyj 6d of Ukraine, and Ondrej Silt 6d of Czechia.

EuroGoTV did an awesome job broadcasting the videos of the top two tables live as video as well as on KGS (archives here and here).

Here is the game that In-Seong Hwang, playing black, won by half point against Catalin Taranu.

(;FF[4]GM[1]SZ[19]ST[2]CA[UTF-8]AP[SGFC:1.16] GN[Shusaku Cup 2010 board 1 round 4] RO[4] PB[In-Seong Hwang] BR[8d] PW[Catalin Taranu] WR[7d] KM[6.5] DT[2010-03-27] PC[Tirgu Mures, Romania] RE[B+0.5] TM[3600] OT[10/300 Canadian] RU[Japanese] ;B[pd];W[dc];B[pq];W[co];B[ep];W[eo];B[fo];W[en];B[cq];W[fp] ;B[eq];W[fq];B[go];W[hq];B[fr];W[hp];B[gm];W[gr];B[er];W[lq] ;B[el];W[cl];B[dj];W[bp];B[bq];W[fm];B[fl];W[gl];B[hm];W[gk] ;B[dm];W[cn];B[gp];W[gq];B[ho];W[bk];B[bj];W[aq];B[ar];W[ap] ;B[jp];W[jq];B[cr];W[ek];B[fk];W[fj];B[ej];W[dk];B[gj];W[fi] ;B[hk];W[dh];B[ip];W[iq];B[kp];W[mr];B[cg];W[ci];B[cj];W[bi] ;B[ai];W[bh];B[bg];W[ah];B[cm];W[dl];B[hl];W[bm];B[cd];W[cc] ;B[dd];W[ed];B[ee];W[fd];B[fe];W[gd];B[fg];W[gi];B[hi];W[hh] ;B[gh];W[ei];B[hg];W[ih];B[ig];W[ii];B[hj];W[jg];B[jf];W[kg] ;B[ki];W[if];B[hf];W[ie];B[he];W[hd];B[kf];W[lf];B[id];W[je] ;B[ke];W[jd];B[kd];W[jc];B[kc];W[jb];B[jh];W[lh];B[md];W[li] ;B[ji];W[lk];B[pj];W[pg];B[ng];W[nh];B[mg];W[oh];B[nj];W[ni] ;B[qe];W[lg];B[ne];W[jk];B[jj];W[ml];B[mj];W[lj];B[ol];W[lo] ;B[po];W[rg];B[ri];W[jn];B[kn];W[ko];B[jo];W[ln];B[nn];W[oj] ;B[pi];W[ok];B[pk];W[nl];B[rf];W[om];B[pl];W[on];B[oo];W[nm] ;B[pn];W[ma];B[lb];W[la];B[ka];W[kb];B[mb];W[na];B[ob];W[qf] ;B[pf];W[qg];B[og];W[ph];B[or];W[oa];B[pa];W[ja];B[nb];W[ka] ;B[qb];W[bd];B[be];W[bc];B[dg];W[qi];B[qj];W[rh];B[rj];W[re] ;B[rd];W[sf];B[jl];W[kl];B[jm];W[km];B[em];W[sd];B[rc];W[nq] ;B[cp];W[bo];B[kq];W[kr];B[gs];W[hs];B[fs];W[oq];B[pr];W[pm] ;B[qm];W[ql];B[rl];W[qn];B[rm];W[op];B[pp];W[no];B[is];W[jr] ;B[hr];W[ae];B[bf];W[ik];B[ij];W[lp];B[io];W[fn];B[eh];W[di] ;B[sc];W[se];B[js];W[ks];B[ns];W[ms];B[oi];W[nk];B[sh];W[fh] ;B[eg];W[ge];B[gf];W[le];B[ld];W[mh];B[me];W[mf];B[nf];W[nr] ;B[os];W[in];B[il];W[kk];B[dp];W[sg];B[si];W[qh];B[do];W[dn] ;B[ad];W[ac];B[af];W[ad];B[ag];W[aj];B[ch];W[ck];B[hn];W[kn] ;B[im];W[gn];B[kj];W[kh];B[hs];W[ir])

You can find the final results here.

Chunlan Cup: Japan is Very Happy After Round One

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

First round of the 8th international Chunlan Cup took place in China. The only non-Asian areas represented are Europe (Mero Csaba, 6 dan amateur, ex-insei) and North America (Jiang Mingjiu, 7 dan pro).

Japan had a very good result in this first round: 4 of the 8 games played were won by Japanese players: Yuki Satoshi 9p defeated Lin Zhihan 7p of Taiwan, Iyama Yuta 9p defeated Mero Csaba 6d, Yamashita Keigo 9p defeated Chen Yaoye 9p of China, and Cho Chikun 9p defeated Kang Dongyun 9p of Korea.

I was very happy and surprised to see the veteran Cho Chikun winning – I haven’t heard much about him these past few years.

The other winners in this round were Heo Yeongho 7p of Korea (defeated Yoda Norimoto 9p of Japan), Gu Lingyi 5p of China defeated Jiang Mingjiu 7p of USA, Choi Cheolhan 9p of Korea defeated Hu Yaoyu 8p of China and Lee Sedol 9p of Korea defeated Zhou Junxun 9p of Taiwan.

Second round will be played on March 29th, and we will see again 8 games – that is because there are 8 seeded players (seven Chinese players and Lee Changho of Korea)

Here is the game in which Yamashita Keigo of Japan, playing white, defeated Chen Yaoye of China by 4.5p.

(; EV[8th Chunlan Cup 1st round] PW[Yamashita Keigo] KM[7.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] WR[9d] PB[Chen Yaoye] DT[2010-03-27] RE[W+4.5] BR[9d] ;B[pd];W[dp];B[qp];W[dd];B[fq];W[dn];B[jp];W[oq];B[mq];W[qf];B[qi] ;W[nd];B[pf];W[qc];B[pc];W[pg];B[qe];W[of];B[pe];W[rg];B[og];W[ph] ;B[rf];W[nf];B[qg];W[qh];B[rh];W[pi];B[sg];W[qj];B[ri];W[oj];B[pk] ;W[pj];B[cf];W[fd];B[bd];W[ch];B[cc];W[df];B[eb];W[fb];B[ec];W[fc] ;B[ce];W[fg];B[me];W[od];B[lg];W[ob];B[pb];W[kd];B[md];W[ng];B[kf] ;W[id];B[li];W[oo];B[qn];W[pn];B[qm];W[qq];B[rq];W[pp];B[qo];W[mf] ;B[lk];W[ho];B[hq];W[lo];B[kp];W[jk];B[ji];W[lm];B[hi];W[hk];B[fi] ;W[dj];B[ke];W[mb];B[kn];W[km];B[jm];W[jl];B[im];W[ih];B[ii];W[kj] ;B[lj];W[hm];B[hg];W[er];B[fk];W[ip];B[iq];W[jo];B[dm];W[cn];B[dk] ;W[ck];B[ej];W[gh];B[hh];W[dl];B[el];W[ek];B[il];W[ik];B[dk];W[cl] ;B[ko];W[jn];B[di];W[cj];B[hn];W[io];B[ep];W[eo];B[dq];W[eq];B[fp] ;W[cq];B[fr];W[dr];B[gn];W[in];B[nn];W[go];B[fo];W[fn];B[gm];W[gl] ;B[fm];W[en];B[ln];W[mm];B[mn];W[gi];B[gj];W[hj];B[eg];W[ff];B[fh] ;W[gg];B[ef];W[fe];B[dh];W[nl];B[ie];W[jd];B[hf];W[rr];B[qr];W[pr] ;B[pq];W[mh];B[lh];W[qq];B[hd];W[hc];B[pq];W[ci];B[ed];W[qq];B[lb] ;W[mc];B[pq];W[ki];B[nm];W[mk];B[kh];W[qq];B[ll];W[ml];B[pq];W[jg] ;B[ig];W[qq];B[gp];W[hl];B[pq];W[cg];B[ee];W[qq];B[qs];W[mr];B[lr] ;W[lq];B[lp];W[ps];B[pq];W[ls];B[qq];W[kr];B[kq];W[nq];B[lr];W[or] ;B[ns];W[lq];B[mp];W[jr];B[lr];W[om];B[lq];W[on];B[ms];W[pa];B[qa] ;W[oa];B[fa];W[qb];B[ha];W[ib];B[ia];W[rd];B[jb];W[lc];B[em];W[rj] ;B[dg];W[re];B[si];W[ek];B[fl];W[fs];B[gs];W[es];B[gr];W[nr];B[ks] ;W[pl];B[oc];W[nc];B[gb];W[gc];B[jc];W[ic];B[kc];W[le];B[ka];W[rl] ;B[ql];W[qk];B[bg];W[bh];B[bf];W[ka];B[ja];W[se];B[sf];W[sn];B[so] ;W[sm];B[rn];W[rm];B[mj];W[ni];B[sj];W[sk];B[cm];W[bm];B[ah];W[ai] ;B[ag];W[hb];B[ga];W[ra];B[kb];W[na];B[la];W[no];B[mo];W[je];B[jf] ;W[nj];B[qd];W[oe];B[qf];W[rc];B[dk];W[gk];B[fj];W[ek];B[bn];W[al] ;B[dk])

This is the game between Iyama Yuta of Japan and Mero Csaba of Hungary. Iyama Yuta played black and won by resignation.

(; EV[8th Chunlan Cup 1st round] KM[7.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Csaba Mero] WR[a6] DT[2010-03-27] BR[9d] RE[B+R] PB[Iyama Yuta] ;B[pd];W[dc];B[dq];W[qp];B[ce];W[ed];B[oq];W[do];B[cm];W[cq];B[cr] ;W[cp];B[gq];W[en];B[di];W[br];B[dr];W[cg];B[ee];W[fe];B[ef];W[cd] ;B[be];W[gd];B[eh];W[dm];B[cl];W[cn];B[jq];W[cj];B[dl];W[el];B[dj] ;W[bm];B[bl];W[po];B[ek];W[fg];B[de];W[nc];B[qf];W[pb];B[qc];W[kd] ;B[qk];W[qh];B[nd];W[md];B[me];W[ne];B[od];W[mc];B[nf];W[le];B[mf] ;W[rf];B[re];W[pf];B[qg];W[rg];B[pg];W[qj];B[rj];W[ri];B[pj];W[qe] ;B[pe];W[og];B[of];W[ph];B[qd];W[qi];B[rl];W[pk];B[pl];W[ok];B[on] ;W[qm];B[qn];W[pn];B[pm];W[np];B[oj];W[nk];B[nj];W[mk];B[mj];W[rn] ;B[nm];W[rm];B[ql];W[lk];B[lm];W[jk];B[jm];W[oo];B[mn];W[li];B[nh] ;W[mh];B[mg];W[kq];B[kr];W[lr];B[lq];W[kp];B[mr];W[jr];B[ls];W[iq] ;B[lp];W[jp];B[bs];W[nq];B[nr];W[pr];B[bq];W[bp];B[ar];W[lo];B[mo] ;W[kn];B[mp];W[km];B[fl];W[em];B[gn];W[go];B[fo];W[eo];B[ho];W[gp] ;B[hp];W[fp];B[ep];W[fq];B[fr];W[fn];B[eq];W[fo];B[hq];W[bn];B[lj] ;W[kk];B[or];W[bd];B[ad];W[ac];B[ae];W[bc];B[qr];W[rr];B[im];W[jl] ;B[ji];W[hl];B[kf];W[gm];B[je];W[jd];B[hn];W[eg];B[dg];W[fh];B[gi] ;W[fi];B[gj];W[fj];B[hk];W[fk];B[il];W[gk];B[ik];W[ch];B[dh];W[bk] ;B[al];W[bg];B[bj])

And here is the game that the veteran Japanese-Korean Cho Chikun won against the young Korean star Kang Dongyun (Cho played white and won by resignation).

(; EV[8th Chunlan Cup 1st round] KM[7.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Cho Chikun] WR[9d] DT[2010-03-27] BR[9d] RE[W+R] PB[Kang Dongyun] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dp];B[fq];W[op];B[cn];W[dn];B[dm];W[en];B[cp] ;W[co];B[bo];W[do];B[bm];W[cq];B[bp];W[em];B[dl];W[iq];B[fk];W[io] ;B[cf];W[fc];B[gm];W[gn];B[qn];W[qq];B[rq];W[pq];B[rr];W[on];B[jq] ;W[jp];B[kq];W[ir];B[kp];W[ko];B[lo];W[kn];B[mq];W[ln];B[or];W[mo] ;B[pr];W[bq];B[dq];W[eq];B[ef];W[bd];B[nc];W[fi];B[di];W[rd];B[hc] ;W[qc];B[he];W[ob];B[ii];W[oc];B[ne];W[fe];B[ff];W[od];B[hn];W[gl] ;B[fl];W[fm];B[hm];W[ho];B[il];W[nd];B[le];W[me];B[ce];W[cd];B[mf] ;W[md];B[kd];W[ki];B[pi];W[lf];B[pl];W[kf];B[qg];W[kc];B[jc];W[jd] ;B[kb];W[lc];B[je];W[id];B[ic];W[ke];B[ig];W[ag];B[bg];W[af];B[ah] ;W[be];B[bf];W[ae];B[bh];W[rg];B[rh];W[rf];B[ph];W[oj];B[pk];W[pf] ;B[gb];W[fb];B[aq];W[dr];B[jr];W[nq];B[nr];W[mp];B[lq];W[js];B[ks] ;W[is];B[br];W[nh];B[og];W[ng];B[of];W[qf];B[oh];W[ij];B[hj];W[jj] ;B[hk];W[ge];B[gd];W[fd];B[gf];W[nf];B[oe];W[pe];B[ni];W[mi];B[mj] ;W[nj];B[oi];W[li];B[mk];W[sh];B[si];W[pm];B[qm];W[el];B[ek];W[pj] ;B[qj];W[ri];B[sg];W[sj];B[qi];W[sh];B[go];W[fn];B[si];W[cm];B[cl] ;W[sh];B[fr];W[cr];B[si];W[ls];B[sh];W[kr];B[oq];W[np];B[ms];W[pp] ;B[po];W[nl];B[nk];W[lp];B[mr];W[sf];B[qh];W[lb];B[fp];W[ar];B[as] ;W[cs];B[ap];W[fo];B[ie];W[ld];B[fa];W[ea];B[ha];W[ga];B[gp];W[ep] ;B[fa];W[db];B[jh];W[qr];B[qs];W[jb];B[ml];W[ol];B[pn];W[mm];B[oo] ;W[nn];B[er];W[gr])

Complete tournament table here.

Lee Changho Wins Nongshim Cup for South Korea

Friday, March 12th, 2010

China was way ahead in this year’s Nongshim Cup with three players left even after Japan was eliminated and Korea had only one player left.

Turned out that strength is not always in the numbers: the last man standing from the South Korean team, Lee Changho, single-handedly won the cup for his country after defeating all remaining Chinese players: Liu Xing, Gu Li and Chang Hao.

Lee Changho defeated Chang Hao by resignation.


(; RE[B+R] BR[9d] EV[11th Nongshim Cup 14th round] WR[9d] PB[Lee Changho] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] KM[6.5] DT[2010-03-12] PW[Chang Hao] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[pq];W[dp];B[qk];W[gq];B[cf];W[di];B[fd];W[df];B[cc] ;W[ce];B[dc];W[nc];B[pf];W[hc];B[fb];W[kc];B[cg];W[be];B[dg];W[ef] ;B[eh];W[gc];B[fc];W[gf];B[ei];W[dk];B[ej];W[dj];B[ek];W[dl];B[hh] ;W[ig];B[ih];W[jg];B[jh];W[kg];B[kh];W[lh];B[lg];W[ae];B[bd];W[mg] ;B[cq];W[cp];B[dq];W[bq];B[fq];W[fp];B[ep];W[eo];B[eq];W[gp];B[br] ;W[bp];B[gr];W[hr];B[fs];W[li];B[jk];W[qh];B[oc];W[nd];B[re];W[ar] ;B[bs];W[im];B[hl];W[hm];B[gl];W[po];B[nb];W[qq];B[qr];W[qp];B[or] ;W[mb];B[qm];W[nq];B[op];W[on];B[mp];W[pl];B[pk];W[ql];B[rl];W[pm] ;B[qn];W[rm];B[rn];W[rk];B[sm];W[rj];B[ok];W[oo];B[np];W[rp];B[qi] ;W[ri];B[ph];W[qg];B[pg];W[sk];B[rg];W[rh];B[qf];W[sg];B[rf];W[so] ;B[ir];W[hq];B[hs];W[iq];B[jq];W[jr];B[is];W[kq];B[jp];W[kp];B[kr] ;W[jo];B[ip];W[io];B[js];W[ob];B[pb];W[na];B[fo];W[hp];B[en];W[cn] ;B[jr];W[gn];B[do];W[ln];B[bi];W[bh];B[ch];W[ci];B[bg];W[bj];B[si] ;W[sn];B[sh];W[sj];B[sh];W[pn];B[qj];W[ro];B[mn];W[lo];B[go];W[ho] ;B[nn];W[rr];B[ll];W[lm];B[lf];W[mf];B[le];W[me];B[hg];W[ke];B[hf] ;W[ge];B[rs];W[sr];B[sf];W[qo];B[sg];W[rm];B[lp];W[kl];B[kk];W[jl] ;B[co];W[bo];B[gm];W[fn];B[eo];W[fm];B[cm];W[fl];B[el];W[ik];B[bn] ;W[bm];B[dn];W[an];B[em];W[cn];B[hn];W[lk];B[bn];W[lq];B[mq];W[cn] ;B[lj];W[ml];B[mj];W[nm];B[bn];W[lr];B[mr];W[cn];B[mk];W[ai];B[fk] ;W[ll];B[bn];W[ld];B[bl];W[cn];B[cl];W[dm];B[bn];W[ms];B[am];W[nr] ;B[ag];W[he];B[oq];W[ns];B[ls];W[ks];B[os];W[gs];B[ls];W[fr];B[gb] )

In the game with Gu Li, Lee Changho also won by resignation.


(; RE[B+R] BR[9d] EV[11th Nongshim Cup 13th round] WR[9d] PB[Lee Changho] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] KM[6.5] DT[2010-03-11] PW[Gu Li] ;B[qd];W[dd];B[pq];W[dp];B[fc];W[cf];B[lc];W[qn];B[qp];W[pj];B[qh] ;W[on];B[pm];W[pn];B[mq];W[qf];B[qk];W[op];B[oq];W[qj];B[pk];W[ok] ;B[rk];W[nl];B[rj];W[oh];B[od];W[pg];B[rm];W[rn];B[qm];W[hc];B[ge] ;W[pc];B[pd];W[ec];B[gc];W[hd];B[he];W[jd];B[ie];W[je];B[jf];W[ld] ;B[mc];W[kf];B[kg];W[lf];B[ig];W[kc];B[lg];W[jh];B[jg];W[mf];B[md] ;W[ef];B[ee];W[de];B[cn];W[ck];B[om];W[nm];B[dk];W[dj];B[ej];W[dl] ;B[ek];W[cl];B[nn];W[mp];B[mn];W[pp];B[nq];W[mo];B[kn];W[lq];B[ng] ;W[mg];B[nh];W[mh];B[ni];W[nf];B[oj];W[og];B[nk];W[kp];B[cq];W[cp] ;B[dq];W[ep];B[bp];W[bo];B[bq];W[co];B[fq];W[ff];B[gd];W[gi];B[di] ;W[cj];B[hk];W[hh];B[eb];W[db];B[ih];W[gk];B[gl];W[fl];B[gj];W[fk] ;B[kb];W[mi];B[hj];W[fj];B[mk];W[lk];B[ll];W[lj];B[le];W[ke];B[kd] ;W[jc];B[fm];W[hl];B[fi];W[el];B[gh];W[ei];B[hi];W[gm];B[eh];W[mr] ;B[ml];W[re];B[rd];W[jb];B[lb];W[rg];B[rh];W[hb];B[nr];W[qq];B[qr] ;W[rq];B[fb];W[jj];B[jl];W[sf];B[qg];W[qe];B[sd];W[se];B[rr];W[rp] ;B[ch];W[lr];B[sr];W[hq];B[gr];W[bg];B[pi];W[il];B[fp];W[fo];B[hr] ;W[bh];B[go];W[gn];B[da];W[cb];B[ci];W[bi];B[ao];W[an];B[ap];W[bn] ;B[ed];W[gf];B[hf];W[ir];B[iq];W[ip];B[jq];W[jr];B[hp];W[ho];B[gq] ;W[gp];B[is];W[kr];B[go];W[ps];B[os];W[gp];B[dc];W[cc];B[go];W[gg] ;B[hg];W[gp];B[dg];W[df];B[go];W[eq];B[er];W[gp];B[lo];W[lp];B[go] ;W[oc];B[nb];W[gp];B[id];W[nd];B[ne];W[oe];B[nc];W[pe];B[go];W[oi] ;B[nj];W[gp];B[ca];W[ba];B[go];W[dr];B[fs];W[ea];B[io];W[gp];B[jp] ;W[ko];B[ln];W[me];B[nd];W[ld];B[sq])

You can find the complete tournament table at Mr. Kin’s website.

Cho U – Yamashita Keigo 1-0 in Judan Title Match

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Just a few days after Cho U captured number one Japanese title, Kisei, from Yamashita Keigo the same two met again in the first game of the Judan title. This time Cho U is the title holder and Yamashita Keigo is the challenger.

Cho U captured Judan from Takao Shinji last year. Takao then put up a good fight in the qualification tournament to become challenger, but was defeated by Yamashita in the final of the knock-out tournament that decided the challenger.

Cho U started his defense of the Judan title well and won the first game. The next game will be played on March 25th.

Here is the game record: Cho U played black and won by resignation.

(; KM[6.5] EV[48th Judan title match 1] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Yamashita Keigo] WR[Tengen] DT[2010-03-04] BR[Judan] RE[B+R] PB[Cho U] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dq];B[co];W[op];B[oq];W[nq];B[pq];W[dl];B[np] ;W[mq];B[no];W[kp];B[iq];W[fp];B[cq];W[dp];B[io];W[cp];B[lo];W[ip] ;B[jp];W[ko];B[hp];W[km];B[kq];W[lp];B[pj];W[nn];B[mo];W[ll];B[on] ;W[nc];B[lj];W[om];B[nl];W[mk];B[nm];W[mj];B[pf];W[mh];B[jd];W[hd] ;B[me];W[ce];B[jf];W[hf];B[cc];W[dc];B[hc];W[gc];B[ic];W[pb];B[qc] ;W[lc];B[gb];W[fc];B[nd];W[le];B[ld];W[kd];B[md];W[kc];B[ke];W[mc] ;B[lf];W[dj];B[cm];W[cl];B[il];W[jj];B[bp];W[bq];B[bl];W[bk];B[bn] ;W[kn];B[qb];W[ie];B[je];W[oc];B[dm];W[em];B[en];W[fm];B[fn];W[gm] ;B[br];W[cr];B[aq];W[go];B[ck];W[al];B[bm];W[dk];B[cj];W[bj];B[ci] ;W[bi];B[gn];W[hn];B[ho];W[hm];B[eo];W[gr];B[ep];W[hr];B[fq];W[fr] ;B[eq];W[er];B[ok];W[cq];B[ig];W[hh];B[ji];W[ii];B[hg];W[gg];B[ki] ;W[ih];B[jh];W[kk];B[cb];W[oi];B[pi];W[db];B[bd];W[ph];B[qh];W[be] ;B[ca];W[od];B[jb];W[kb];B[gf];W[gh];B[pc];W[fb];B[if])

You can see also the complete tournament table here.