Chunlan Cup: Japan is Very Happy After Round One

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.

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