Shusaku Cup

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

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

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

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.

Cho U Captures Kisei Title!

February 25th, 2010

Game five of the 34th Kisei title resulted in Cho U’s win, which ensured his capturing of the title from Yamashita Keigo by a 4-1 score. Yamashita captured the Kisei title in 2006 from Hane Naoki, then defended it for 3 consecutive years.

It looks like Cho U’s bad form from 2009 has not followed him in 2010.

Here is the game record from the last game: Cho U played white and won by 1.5 points.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[34th Kisei Title, game 5]EV[34th Kisei Title] DT[2010-02-26]PB[Yamashita Keigo]BR[9p]BT[Japan]PW[Cho U]WR[9p]WT[Japan]KM[6.5] HA[0]RE[W+1.5]MULTIGOGM[1] ;B[qd];W[pp];B[dd];W[dp];B[pj];W[nd];B[oc];W[jd];B[od];W[fc];B[cf];W[qm];B[hc];W[hd] ;B[id];W[ie];B[ic];W[gd];B[jc];W[kd];B[lb];W[jf];B[cn];W[fp];B[dk];W[dg];B[fg];W[df] ;B[cg];W[de];B[ce];W[ed];B[dh];W[dc];B[cd];W[jq];B[ee];W[fe];B[ef];W[qe];B[pe];W[qf] ;B[ph];W[rd];B[qc];W[rc];B[rg];W[qg];B[qh];W[rf];B[pq];W[qq];B[oq];W[qr];B[no];W[dn] ;B[cq];W[co];B[fr];W[dr];B[bo];W[dq];B[cm];W[jo];B[lq];W[on];B[jr];W[ir];B[kr];W[hq] ;B[pg];W[op];B[np];W[pr];B[or];W[nn];B[mn];W[lo];B[mo];W[pf];B[of];W[rh];B[ri];W[sg] ;B[rl];W[rm];B[ip];W[jp];B[is];W[hs];B[hm];W[js];B[jm];W[km];B[nm];W[om];B[kn];W[jn] ;B[jl];W[ln];B[mm];W[kl];B[kk];W[lk];B[lj];W[mk];B[kj];W[nf];B[ng];W[mg];B[ne];W[mf] ;B[me];W[nh];B[og];W[le];B[ll];W[lm];B[ml];W[md];B[oe];W[lc];B[mb];W[nk];B[lp];W[ko] ;B[ol];W[mi];B[lh];W[li];B[ki];W[kh];B[jh];W[kg];B[cr];W[el];B[dl];W[gl];B[hl];W[gk] ;B[hi];W[mr];B[mq];W[os];B[ns];W[nr];B[nq];W[ps];B[nl];W[ql];B[ok];W[cc];B[eb];W[ec] ;B[em];W[fn];B[ek];W[gm];B[ho];W[hn];B[in];W[gn];B[io];W[iq];B[ds];W[hk];B[ik];W[im] ;B[il];W[kb];B[kc];W[hb];B[gb];W[ib];B[jb];W[gc];B[ka];W[fb];B[er];W[ij];B[hj];W[bd] ;B[be];W[qj];B[qi];W[bc];B[rb];W[sb];B[go];W[fo];B[gj];W[cp];B[bp];W[gg];B[gh];W[ff] ;B[eg];W[hg];B[qk];W[rk];B[rj];W[sl];B[ii];W[qb];B[pb];W[ra];B[en];W[gp];B[eo];W[fq] ;B[jj];W[gr];B[jg];W[ig];B[lg];W[kf];B[nj];W[mj];B[ni];W[mh];B[oh];W[lf];B[pm];W[pn] ;B[pl];W[fk];B[fj];W[do];B[si];W[sk];B[sh];W[rg];B[oo];W[po];B[ia];W[ga];B[pa];W[fl] ;B[dm];W[nc];B[nb];W[ae];B[af];W[ad];B[qa];W[rb];B[ih])

More photos here. You can also see a couple of videos from the previous game here.

Kong Jie Wins LG Cup

February 24th, 2010

Kong Jie of China has all the reasons to be happy: he has defeated Lee Changho of S. Korea in the final of the international LG Cup.

Kong Jie won the best-of-three final with two straight wins. Since he has already won Samsung Cup and Asian TV Cup, this win puts Kong Jie in the number one position in the world judging by the number of international competitions won in the last year.

Here is the record of the first game. Kong Jie, playing white, won by 2.5 points.

(; RE[W+2.5] BR[9d] EV[14th LG Cup final round 1] WR[9d] PB[Lee Changho] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] KM[6.5] DT[2010-02-22] PW[Kong Jie] ;B[qd];W[pp];B[dc];W[cp];B[ep];W[ce];B[di];W[od];B[ld];W[fd];B[de] ;W[df];B[ee];W[cd];B[ec];W[cc];B[ef];W[dg];B[eg];W[nc];B[lb];W[pf] ;B[rf];W[qc];B[rc];W[rb];B[pc];W[qb];B[pd];W[rd];B[re];W[sc];B[oe] ;W[pe];B[qe];W[fp];B[eo];W[ne];B[of];W[eq];B[fo];W[dq];B[og];W[gp] ;B[qn];W[np];B[on];W[kf];B[je];W[jf];B[if];W[ig];B[ie];W[qo];B[rn] ;W[pi];B[pk];W[ni];B[mf];W[mh];B[pg];W[nk];B[lq];W[jq];B[lg];W[mn] ;B[ki];W[qk];B[qj];W[pj];B[rk];W[ql];B[rl];W[qi];B[rj];W[pl];B[ol] ;W[ok];B[ij];W[hn];B[jr];W[iq];B[oq];W[pq];B[pr];W[qr];B[nr];W[op] ;B[ir];W[hr];B[kr];W[dk];B[bg];W[bf];B[ck];W[dl];B[cl];W[cm];B[dj] ;W[bk];B[bm];W[bl];B[cj];W[cn];B[fk];W[ob];B[pb];W[pa];B[pm];W[mb] ;B[mc];W[gk];B[gj];W[hk];B[hj];W[fl];B[ek];W[el];B[cb];W[bb];B[db] ;W[nf];B[me];W[la];B[ka];W[ma];B[kc];W[ng];B[rh];W[is];B[hq];W[hp] ;B[mq];W[ps];B[or];W[bh];B[ch];W[cg];B[bn];W[bo];B[bj];W[an];B[dh] ;W[ag];B[jl];W[ro];B[os];W[qs];B[js];W[hs];B[oh];W[lh];B[kh];W[nd] ;B[rq];W[qq];B[so];W[sp];B[sn];W[rp];B[qm];W[md];B[lc];W[kg];B[le] ;W[mg];B[lf];W[pk];B[ba];W[ab];B[gq];W[gr];B[bc];W[bd];B[ik];W[im] ;B[jm];W[ri];B[si];W[hl];B[jo];W[lj];B[kj];W[lk];B[ip];W[kk];B[in] ;W[fq];B[hm];W[gm];B[il];W[hm];B[lm];W[dd];B[ed];W[nl];B[ak];W[am] ;B[mm];W[ko];B[kp];W[kn];B[jn];W[mo];B[bi];W[nm];B[km];W[om];B[se] ;W[sd];B[ml];W[mk];B[li];W[mi];B[oi];W[jk];B[jj];W[oj];B[aj];W[al] ;B[ah];W[ai];B[ln];W[lo];B[ah];W[bg];B[ho];W[go];B[nn];W[po];B[pn] ;W[io];B[jp];W[qh];B[qg];W[hq];B[kq];W[nq];B[mr];W[no];B[ai];W[ho] )

Here is the record of the second (and last) game. Kong Jie, playing black, won by 1.5 points.

(; KM[6.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] BR[9d] RE[B+1.5] WR[9d] EV[14th LG Cup final round 2] DT[2010-02-24] PW[Lee Changho] PB[Kong Jie] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dq];B[co];W[cj];B[nq];W[cp];B[do];W[fq];B[cl] ;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[nf];W[re];B[rd];W[pi];B[oe];W[qk];B[jc];W[ke];B[fc] ;W[df];B[qm];W[ld];B[se];W[ec];B[fd];W[ie];B[hd];W[kb];B[jf];W[je] ;B[gf];W[hg];B[gg];W[hh];B[gh];W[hi];B[gi];W[gj];B[fj];W[fk];B[ej] ;W[dk];B[ek];W[dl];B[gk];W[hj];B[fl];W[cm];B[cg];W[be];B[hq];W[em] ;B[fo];W[dg];B[ho];W[gp];B[hp];W[gr];B[hr];W[nn];B[jg];W[kh];B[lf] ;W[kf];B[di];W[ci];B[kg];W[lg];B[lh];W[mg];B[jh];W[ki];B[ji];W[jj] ;B[mh];W[mf];B[me];W[le];B[ng];W[lf];B[kj];W[li];B[ij];W[jk];B[ik] ;W[kk];B[ni];W[nh];B[oh];W[mi];B[nh];W[mk];B[hk];W[ne];B[nj];W[nl] ;B[mc];W[nb];B[nc];W[mb];B[qj];W[pj];B[rk];W[rl];B[ql];W[pk];B[rj] ;W[pl];B[lc];W[kc];B[lb];W[oc];B[ob];W[la];B[od];W[md];B[oc];W[ic] ;B[hf];W[qo];B[rm];W[qq];B[pp];W[rp];B[pq];W[qr];B[ro];W[rn];B[qn] ;W[so];B[po];W[ro];B[sq];W[sr];B[on];W[om];B[lo];W[lm];B[ib];W[hc] ;B[eb];W[db];B[da];W[ca];B[fa];W[ea];B[dh];W[ch];B[da];W[hb];B[gq] ;W[fr];B[ha];W[ea];B[bo];W[bq];B[da];W[jb];B[cb];W[ea];B[rr];W[rq] ;B[da];W[sm];B[sl];W[ea];B[id];W[jd];B[da];W[if];B[ig];W[ea];B[ss] ;W[pr];B[or];W[rs];B[da];W[oo];B[pn];W[ea];B[km];W[kn];B[da];W[ii] ;B[ih];W[ea];B[kl];W[jm];B[jl];W[lk];B[il];W[ln];B[mo];W[mn];B[da] ;W[sf];B[dc];W[sd];B[rc];W[ko];B[kq];W[bc];B[al];W[bl];B[am];W[bk] ;B[sc];W[ma];B[cd];W[cc];B[ed];W[de];B[bb];W[bd];B[no];W[kp];B[ps] ;W[sr];B[lq];W[lp];B[mp];W[qb];B[rb];W[fp];B[fn];W[ep];B[dn];W[in] ;B[se];W[rf];B[bm];W[dm];B[bp];W[aq];B[dp];W[cq];B[ia];W[gb];B[ga] ;W[he];B[gd];W[ak];B[cn];W[rh];B[qh];W[qg];B[gs];W[fs];B[hs];W[jq] ;B[jr];W[iq];B[io];W[jp];B[hn];W[ir];B[is];W[ab];B[eg];W[ef];B[fg] ;W[sj];B[ri];W[si];B[im];W[jn];B[ll];W[ml];B[mj];W[lj];B[fb];W[fm] ;B[gm];W[go];B[gn];W[ap];B[ao];W[nk];B[oj];W[ok];B[qd];W[dj];B[ba] ;W[sn];B[sd];W[ka];B[oa];W[na];B[qa];W[sh];B[os];W[jc];B[rl];W[ac] ;B[of])

You can find the complete tournament table here.

Yamashita’s First Win in Kisei Title Defense

February 19th, 2010

Yamashita Keigo won for the first time in this year’s Kisei title match, trying to defend the title against Cho U. The score is now 3-1 for Cho U, who has 3 more chances to capture the title from Yamashita.

Here is the record of the forth game. Yamashita Keigo, playing white, won by 7.5 points.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50] GN[Kisei Title 2010, game 4]PW[Yamashita Keigo]PB[Cho U]WR[9p]BR[9p]DT[2010-02-19]EV[Kisei Title 2010]RE[W+7.50]MULTIGOGM[1] ;B[pd] ;W[dp] ;B[qp] ;W[dd] ;B[fq] ;W[cn] ;B[lq] (;W[pm] ;B[pk] ;W[op] (;B[qn] ;W[mp]LB[qm:A][pn:B]C[Since A and B are miai for black, white decided to change the course and possibly decide between A and B later, depending on black's response on the lower side.] ;B[lp] ;W[lo] ;B[mq] (;W[qq] (;B[rq] ;W[ko] (;B[iq] (;W[pq] ;B[pn] ;W[rr] ;B[om] ;W[nc] ;B[np] ;W[no] ;B[mo] ;W[mn] ;B[oo] ;W[mp] ;B[nq] ;W[rp] ;B[ro] ;W[sq] ;B[lc] ;W[ld] ;B[kd] ;W[md] ;B[jc] ;W[pf] ;B[of] ;W[qc] ;B[qd] ;W[pc] ;B[od] ;W[oc] ;B[pg] ;W[gc] ;B[kf] ;W[ce] ;B[mf] ;W[lk] ;B[dm] ;W[cm] ;B[dk] ;W[gp] ;B[dq] ;W[cq] ;B[cp] ;W[do] ;B[cr] ;W[bq] ;B[er] ;W[br] ;B[dh] ;W[lg] ;B[lf] ;W[je] ;B[he] ;W[hd] ;B[ge] ;W[ke] ;B[ie] ;W[id] ;B[jd] ;W[jf] ;B[fc] ;W[gd] ;B[fd] ;W[fb] ;B[jg] ;W[ig] ;B[fg] ;W[ih] ;B[ec] ;W[hb] ;B[dc] ;W[cc] ;B[cb] ;W[ff] ;B[gf] ;W[jb] ;B[bc] ;W[bd] ;B[cd] ;W[hq] ;B[ip] ;W[ir] ;B[jr] ;W[gr] ;B[is] ;W[hr] ;B[eo] ;W[go] ;B[fo] ;W[hn] ;B[in] ;W[im] ;B[jn] ;W[jm] ;B[kn] ;W[km] ;B[jp] ;W[fm] ;B[fn] ;W[gm] ;B[dn] ;W[co] ;B[cl] ;W[cc] ;B[bm] ;W[df] ;B[fe] ;W[ep] ;B[fp] ;W[eq] ;B[if] ;W[le] ;B[kg] ;W[ch] ;B[ci] ;W[bi] ;B[di] ;W[bg] ;B[bj] ;W[dg] ;B[ai] ;W[cd] ;B[lm] ;W[gh] ;B[fh] ;W[el] ;B[dl] ;W[nj] ;B[nl] ;W[ll] ;B[ji] ;W[ki] ;B[kj] ;W[lj] ;B[li] ;W[mi] ;B[kh] ;W[ij] ;B[oi] ;W[fi] ;B[fj] ;W[mm] ;B[ln] ;W[ml] ;B[hl] ;W[hk] ;B[il] ;W[jl] ;B[kk] ;W[kl] ;B[gk] ;W[gl] ;B[ik] ;W[jk] ;B[hj] ;W[hm] ;B[hk] ;W[fr] ;B[bo] ;W[bp] ;B[bn] ;W[dr] ;B[rc] ;W[rb] ;B[rd] ;W[ii] ;B[gi] ;W[hi] ;B[ei] ;W[fk] ;B[gj] ;W[jj] ;B[mh] ;W[or] ;B[mo] ;W[ej] ;B[fi] ;W[mp] ;B[nr] ;W[ni] ;B[nh] ;W[kp] ;B[kq] ;W[pp] ;B[mo] ;W[oj] ;B[pj] ;W[mp] ;B[ic] ;W[ib] ;B[mo] ;W[pi] ;B[oh] ;W[mp] ;B[oq] ;W[so] ;B[sn] ;W[pr] ;B[mo] ;W[qo] ;B[rn] ;W[mp] ;B[nd] ;W[mc] ;B[mo] ;W[ef] ;B[ab] ;W[ba] ;B[gg] ;W[mp] ;B[bb] ;W[mo] ;B[lr] ;W[eb] ;B[db] ;W[bh] ;B[sb] ;W[ra] ;B[ek] ;W[ah] ;B[aj] ;W[nk] ;B[bf] ;W[ad] ;B[af] ;W[ee] ;B[cf] ;W[cg] ;B[ed] ;W[ol] ;B[pl] ;W[nm] ;B[on] ;W[be] ;B[ns] ;W[ki] ;B[kj] ;W[ao] ;B[eg] ;W[ae] ;B[os] ;W[hs] ;B[js] ;W[me] ;B[ne] ;W[an] ;B[bl] ;W[da] ;B[ca] ;W[ea] ;B[ps] ;W[qs] ;B[am] ;W[ap] ;B[hg] ;W[hh] ;B[ok] ;W[po] ;B[fl] ;W[em] ;B[en] ;W[nl] ;B[fk] ;W[sp]) (;W[qm] ;B[pn] (;W[om] ;B[on] ;W[nm] ;B[nn] ;W[mn] ;B[no]) (;W[on] ;B[om] ;W[ol] ;B[nm] ;W[pl] ;B[nn])) (;W[nc] ;B[pf] ;W[jd] ;B[on] ;W[mo] ;B[om])) (;B[pn] ;W[on] (;B[np] ;W[no] ;B[mo] ;W[mn] ;B[oq] ;W[mp] ;B[nq] ;W[qm]) (;B[om] ;W[jq] ;B[np] ;W[mo] ;B[oq] ;W[no] ;B[nq] ;W[ol] ;B[nm] ;W[pl])) (;B[on] ;W[pn] ;B[po] ;W[oo] ;B[om] ;W[jq] ;B[pq] ;W[oq] ;B[qr] ;W[or] ;B[jr] ;W[ir] ;B[iq] ;W[ip] ;B[hq] ;W[kr] ;B[jp] ;W[kq] ;B[hr] ;W[kp] ;B[dr])) (;B[ko] (;W[pp] ;B[ro] ;W[pn] ;B[ql] ;W[kn] ;B[jo] ;W[jn] ;B[io] ;W[mo]) (;W[qm]))) (;W[mo]) (;W[ko] (;B[np] ;W[no] ;B[mo] ;W[mn] (;B[oq] ;W[mp] ;B[nq] ;W[qm]) (;B[pn] (;W[on] ;B[oq] ;W[mp] ;B[nq]) (;W[nq] ;B[mp] ;W[on]))) (;B[pn] ;W[on] ;B[np] ;W[oq]))) (;B[oo] ;W[no] ;B[po] ;W[nn] ;B[np] ;W[mp] ;B[nq] ;W[mq]LB[lq:A]C[Black's stone A would be hurt badly this way.])) (;W[ip]C[Also possible.]))

Next game will be played on February 25th and 26th. You can find the complete tournament table here.

Rui Naiwei Defends Women Myeongin Title

February 8th, 2010

The strongest female professional player in the world, Rui Naiwei 9 dan, has defended Women Myeongin (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin) title by defeating Cho Hyeyeon 2:1.

Interestingly, this is the third year in a row when Cho Hyeyeon became challenger against Rui Naiwei.

Cho Hyeyeon started this title match well, winning by resignation in the first game, but Rui Naiwei won the following two games. Here is the record of the third game. Rui Naiwei, playing black, won by resignation.

(; EV[11th Female Myeongin title match 3] KM[6.5] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Cho Hyeyeon] WR[8d] DT[2010-02-08] BR[Female Myeongin] RE[B+R] PB[Rui Naiwei] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dq];B[oq];W[qf];B[nc];W[rp];B[qo];W[rd];B[do] ;W[co];B[cn];W[cp];B[fc];W[cf];B[qh];W[qc];B[pf];W[qe];B[pg];W[hc] ;B[db];W[fd];B[ec];W[gd];B[cc];W[dn];B[cm];W[ne];B[mf];W[en];B[cj] ;W[pe];B[me];W[jp];B[ed];W[ee];B[fe];W[ef];B[ff];W[hf];B[gg];W[di] ;B[dj];W[ei];B[fk];W[gi];B[hg];W[jf];B[id];W[ge];B[ig];W[jd];B[ic] ;W[jg];B[hi];W[gj];B[jh];W[kh];B[ji];W[lg];B[jk];W[ci];B[li];W[jc] ;B[jb];W[lc];B[ie];W[je];B[kb];W[if];B[hb];W[nd];B[bi];W[bh];B[bj] ;W[mq];B[ho];W[hq];B[bg];W[ah];B[bf];W[cg];B[be];W[hk];B[fn];W[fo] ;B[gn];W[eo];B[jo];W[jl];B[kl];W[ik];B[jj];W[jm];B[kp];W[km];B[ip] ;W[ll];B[mk];W[lk];B[lj];W[nl];B[ln];W[ml];B[mg];W[pk];B[ld];W[kc] ;B[mc];W[md];B[lb];W[le];B[iq];W[pi];B[ni];W[mh];B[nh];W[lh];B[oj] ;W[pj];B[of];W[nf];B[ng];W[oe];B[ph];W[mo];B[mn];W[nn];B[no];W[pq] ;B[qq];W[op];B[oo];W[or];B[pr];W[nq];B[qr];W[kr];B[jr];W[on];B[po] ;W[lo];B[kn];W[lp];B[kq];W[lq];B[jn];W[ks];B[il];W[fl];B[el];W[em] ;B[gl];W[fm];B[im];W[gk];B[ek];W[lm];B[pm];W[oi];B[nj];W[qm];B[pl] ;W[ql];B[qn];W[ok];B[rj];W[rk];B[qj];W[qk];B[lf];W[kd];B[eg];W[oh] ;B[og];W[gm];B[rm])

You can find the complete tournament table at this link.

Cho U Leads 3-0 in Kisei Title

February 5th, 2010

Cho U seems to be back in good shape after a bad year: he is just one win away from capturing the Kisei title from Yamashita Keigo.

Here is the record of the third game. Cho U, white, won by 8.5 points after a very confusing multi-step ko fight involving a large black group.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50] PW[Cho U]PB[Yamashita Keigo]WR[9p]BR[9p]DT[2010-02-03,04]EV[34th Kisei title match 3]RE[W+8.50] ;B[pd] ;W[dp] (;B[qp] (;W[ed] (;B[op] ;W[cd] (;B[pj] (;W[nc] ;B[pf] (;W[kd] ;B[dj] (;W[cl] (;B[jp] (;W[ek] (;B[fi] (;W[hj] ;B[df] ;W[ej] ;B[ei] ;W[di] ;B[dh] ;W[ci] ;B[fe] ;W[fd] ;B[ge] ;W[gd] ;B[he] ;W[hd] ;B[gk] ;W[hk] ;B[gl] ;W[hl] ;B[el] ;W[dk] ;B[gj] ;W[hn] ;B[ch] ;W[bi] ;B[je] ;W[jd] ;B[fp] ;W[hp] ;B[en] ;W[lp] ;B[ko] ;W[np] ;B[nq] ;W[oo] ;B[pp] ;W[mq] ;B[no] ;W[mo] ;B[mp] ;W[gm] ;B[fm] ;W[np] ;B[nn] ;W[nr] ;B[mp] ;W[gi] ;B[np] ;W[fj] ;B[gh] ;W[hi] ;B[cn] ;W[bp] ;B[dq] ;W[cq] ;B[eq] ;W[kq] ;B[co] ;W[cp] ;B[gn] ;W[hm] ;B[dr] ;W[cr] ;B[go] ;W[ho] ;B[bo] ;W[gp] ;B[gq] ;W[fr] ;B[fq] ;W[hq] ;B[gr] ;W[fo] ;B[eo] ;W[fn] ;B[ep] ;W[bm] ;B[ao] ;W[lo] ;B[mr] ;W[lr] ;B[lq] ;W[br] ;B[aq] ;W[mq] ;B[ce] ;W[bd] ;B[lq] ;W[hg] ;B[gg] ;W[hh] ;B[ke] ;W[le] ;B[lf] ;W[mf] ;B[lg] ;W[mg] ;B[ie] ;W[lh] ;B[kh] ;W[me] ;B[oc] ;W[nb] ;B[mq] ;W[qh] ;B[qj] ;W[pg] ;B[nd] ;W[qf] ;B[qe] ;W[rf] ;B[lc] ;W[lb] ;B[md] ;W[kc] ;B[of] ;W[ld] ;B[re] ;W[pb] ;B[qc] ;W[ne] ;B[kp] ;W[qb] ;B[rb] ;W[ra] ;B[oe] ;W[rc] ;B[rd] ;W[sb] ;B[pc] ;W[hr] ;B[jr] ;W[ap] ;B[cs] ;W[bs] ;B[ar] ;W[ds] ;B[gs] ;W[jq] ;B[kr] ;W[hs] ;B[es] ;W[dm] ;B[em] ;W[fl] ;B[jg] ;W[nh] ;B[mk] ;W[cm] ;B[cs] ;W[gf] ;B[eh] ;W[ds] ;B[do] ;W[bn] ;B[cs] ;W[nj] ;B[nk] ;W[ds] ;B[bq] ;W[an] ;B[cs] ;W[oj] ;B[ok] ;W[ds] ;B[fk] ;W[fl] ;B[cs] ;W[fg] ;B[fh] ;W[ds] ;B[fk] ;W[gk] ;B[cs] ;W[rj] ;B[rk] ;W[ds] ;B[dd] ;W[dl] ;B[cs] ;W[ee] ;B[ef] ;W[ds] ;B[go] ;W[gn] ;B[cs] ;W[hf] ;B[ff] ;W[ds] ;B[dc] ;W[dn] ;B[cs] ;W[as] ;B[aq] ;W[er] ;B[bq] ;W[ds] ;B[fs] ;W[er] ;B[cs] ;W[ar] ;B[id] ;W[ic] ;B[hc] ;W[hb] ;B[gc] ;W[fc] ;B[bq] ;W[ds] ;B[gb] ;W[fr] ;B[fb] ;W[be] ;B[bf] ;W[ae] ;B[cc] ;W[bc] ;B[bb] ;W[af] ;B[bg] ;W[ag] ;B[ah] ;W[bh] ;B[ac] ;W[ai] ;B[pi] ;W[ri] ;B[og] ;W[ph] ;B[jl] ;W[sk] ;B[rl] ;W[ib] ;B[iq] ;W[jn] ;B[kn] ;W[jm] ;B[kl] ;W[eb] ;B[ec] ;W[ga] ;B[de] ;W[fa] ;B[db] ;W[ea] ;B[sl] ;W[oh] ;B[li] ;W[km] ;B[lm] ;W[mc] ;B[mh] ;W[sf] ;B[ij] ;W[ji] ;B[jj] ;W[ii] ;B[ob] ;W[oa] ;B[ki] ;W[il] ;B[sj] ;W[od] ;B[nd] ;W[mj] ;B[lj] ;W[jk] ;B[kk] ;W[ik] ;B[si] ;W[sh] ;B[sk] ;W[ng] ;B[da] ;W[ha] ;B[qi] ;W[rh] ;B[kj] ;W[if] ;B[jf] ;W[js] ;B[ks] ;W[ip] ;B[ir] ;W[jo] ;B[oi] ;W[ni] ;B[is] ;W[mi] ;B[lh]) (;W[dh] (;B[di] ;W[eh] (;B[fk] ;W[fl] ;B[gk] ;W[gl] ;B[hk] ;W[hl] ;B[ik] ;W[jm]) (;B[fj] ;W[gl]) (;B[dk] ;W[dl] ;B[el] ;W[fk] ;B[fj] ;W[em] ;B[fl] ;W[gk])) (;B[ej] ;W[fk])) (;W[gk] ;B[hi] ;W[dh] ;B[ej]) (;W[gj] ;B[gi] ;W[hj] ;B[hi] ;W[ij] ;B[jh] ;W[kj] ;B[id])) (;B[dg] ;W[ef] ;B[fi]) (;B[ej] ;W[fk] ;B[fj] ;W[gk])) (;W[fq]) (;W[dh] ;B[ek] ;W[dn])) (;B[dg] ;W[jp]) (;B[ek] ;W[jq])) (;W[jq] ;B[cn] ;W[fp])) (;W[pb]) (;W[jp]) (;W[jc])) (;W[dj]) (;W[cj])) (;B[cn] ;W[ck])) (;B[cd] (;W[cc]) (;W[df])) (;B[cc])) (;W[dc] ;B[fq] ;W[cn] ;B[lq] ;W[de] ;B[pj] ;W[nd] ;B[lc] ;W[me] ;B[qf]) (;W[dd] ;B[op]) (;W[op])) (;B[pq] ;W[dd] ;B[fq] ;W[ip] ;B[dn] ;W[fp] ;B[cq] ;W[eq] ;B[cp] ;W[cl] ;B[bn] ;W[gq]))

Next game will be played on February 18th and 19th.

The complete tournament table is here.

South Korea Wins the 8th Jeongganjang Cup

February 5th, 2010

Park Jieun 9 dan won the 8th Jeongganjang Cup for South Korea. Since all other Korean team members have been eliminated in the first 2 stages of this competition, Park Jieun had to defeat the last member of the Japanese team (Suzuki Ayumi) as well as the three remaining members of the Chinese team (Song Ronghui, Ye Gui and Li He, who won this competition last year for China).

China had a very strong start this year, just like last year, after Wang Chenxing won three games in a row, and it looked for a while as if it will have an easy win.

You can see below a photo and the record of the decisive game between Park Jieun and Li He.

Park Jieun played white and won by resignation..

(; RE[W+R] BR[2d] EV[8th Jeongganjang Cup 14th round] WR[9d] PB[Li He] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] KM[6.5] DT[2010-02-04] PW[Park Jieun] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dp];B[fq];W[cn];B[lq];W[qj];B[qg];W[qm];B[pn] ;W[qq];B[pq];W[pm];B[fc];W[cf];B[db];W[nc];B[pc];W[gc];B[gd];W[hc] ;B[hd];W[fb];B[ic];W[ib];B[jb];W[id];B[jc];W[ec];B[fd];W[eb];B[jf] ;W[ie];B[if];W[he];B[hb];W[gb];B[gf];W[ge];B[fe];W[hf];B[hg];W[ff] ;B[je];W[gg];B[jd];W[gf];B[hh];W[gh];B[hi];W[ph];B[pg];W[nh];B[fo] ;W[og];B[qh];W[pi];B[ne];W[oe];B[od];W[eq];B[fr];W[em];B[ek];W[gm] ;B[cg];W[dg];B[ch];W[bf];B[cl];W[cj];B[dj];W[ci];B[ck];W[di];B[ei] ;W[fj];B[ej];W[dh];B[gi];W[er];B[om];W[kp];B[kq];W[ip];B[en];W[dn] ;B[hn];W[fn];B[go];W[jn];B[lp];W[pp];B[op];W[jl];B[jo];W[pr];B[po] ;W[oq];B[nq];W[pp];B[fh];W[fg];B[pq];W[pf];B[qf];W[pp];B[eg];W[ef] ;B[pq];W[fi];B[fk];W[pp];B[bn];W[bo];B[pq];W[eo];B[hm];W[ol];B[nl] ;W[nm];B[on];W[ok];B[ml];W[lk];B[rq];W[pp];B[qr];W[hl];B[io];W[fp] ;B[gp];W[gq];B[gl];W[gr];B[mj];W[mk];B[nk];W[nj];B[ll];W[lj];B[mi] ;W[kl];B[mn];W[hk];B[gj];W[ln];B[mm];W[lh];B[ni];W[oj];B[li];W[ki] ;B[kj];W[kk];B[kh];W[jj];B[ji];W[mh];B[kj];W[fl];B[ki];W[gk];B[hq] ;W[fs];B[ri];W[me];B[nf];W[mf];B[nd];W[rj];B[rn];W[rm];B[ir];W[md] ;B[mc];W[lc];B[mb];W[lb];B[nb];W[lf];B[bm];W[ao];B[of];W[ob];B[oc] ;W[la];B[ma];W[is];B[jr];W[ko];B[jp];W[lo];B[mo];W[ha];B[sm];W[sl] ;B[sn];W[qn];B[ro];W[qi])

You can find the complete tournament table here.