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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.

Fujitsu Cup: All Korean Final

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

The international Fujitsu Cup semifinals took place in Tokyo, Japan, with three players from South Korea and one from China.

The last Japanese players were eliminated in the quarter-finals, when Kono Rin had lost to Park Yeonghun and Yamashita Keigo had lost to Lee Changho.

The last year winner, Gu Li of China, and the player with the best international results during the past year, was eliminated earlier by Kono Rin.

In one semifinal Lee Changho took revenge from Chang Hao, to whom he lost Chunlan Cup final by two straight losses, and won by 4.5 points.

Lee Changho defeated Chang Hao in Fujitsu 2009 semifinal

Game record is here. Lee Changho made use of some very interesting ladder-break – see move 20. It looks like modern Go is more and more open, and there are less and less “sacred cows” as far as good-bad shapes go, or as far as “not supposed to play this way” situations go.


In the other semifinal, Kang Dongyun defeated Park Yeonghun by resignation.

Kang Dongyun defeated Park Yeonghun in Fujitsu 2009 semifinal
Here is the game record.

The one-game final between the two South Korea finalists, Lee Changho and Kang Dongyun, will be played on July 6th in Tokyo, Japan since Fujistsu, the sponsor of this tournament, is a Japanese company.

Complete tournament table here.

Chang Hao Wins Chunlan Cup

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Chang Hao of China defeated Lee Changho of South Korea 2:0 in the final of the international Chunlan Cup. This must have been particularly pleasing for the sponsor, since Chunlan is a Chinese company.

Chang Hao, Chunlan Cup 2009 winner

Here is the game 1 record. Chang Hao, playing black, won by resignation in 241 moves.


Here is a photo from the beginning of game 1: Chang Hao is on the left hand side. Chen Zude, one of the veteran Chinese professional players, is watching the game from the referee table.

Chang Hao, Chunlan Cup 2009 winner

And here is the game 2 record. Chang Hao, playing white, won by resignation in 176 moves.


In the playoff for the 3rd place, Kong Jie of China defeated his countryman Zhou Heyang.

Complete tournament table here, and more photos from this final here, here, here and here.

Fujitsu Cup Finalists Decided: Lee Changho and Gu Li

Saturday, July 5th, 2008
The Fujitsu Cup semifinals took place yesterday. One game matched Lee Changho of Korea against Liu Xing of China. Lee (on the left side in the photo) won by resignation.

Fujitsu Cup 2008 - Semifinals

The second game matched the two top Chinese players: Gu Li and Chang Hao. Gu (on the left side in the photo) won by resignation.

Fujitsu Cup 2008 - Semifinals

I love the look on the face of Cho Hunhyun (standing, right) as he watches his ex-student, Lee Changho, after Lee’s win.

Fujitsu Cup 2008 - Semifinals

Cho Hunhyun chatting with Otake Hideo of Japan, presumably about the two undergoing semifinals (games are being replayed on the two boards in front of them). (Cho Hunhyun was insei and became professional in Japan before coming back to Korea).

Fujitsu Cup 2008 - Semifinals

The final between Lee Changho and Gu Li will be played tomorrow in Tokyo, Japan.

Cho Chikun defeats Chang Hao in Ing Cup

Friday, May 2nd, 2008
Cho Chikun eliminated Chang Hao of China (previous Ing Cup winner) in round 2.

Cho Chikun vs. Chang Hao, Ing Cup 2008

Looks like Cho Sensei is back in shape after his loses in Kisei and Judan earlier this year. He will play against Lee Changho in round 3. The only other Japanese player, O Meien, was eliminated by Liu Xing of China.

Next round will be played in 2 days. There are 4 players from Korea, 3 from China, and 1 from Japan.

China wins Nongshim Cup 2008

Friday, February 22nd, 2008
I already wrote about Chang Hao’s (China) wins against Takao Shinji (Japan) and Lee Changho (Korea). That resulted in Japan being eliminated from Nongshim (Takao was the last member of Japan’s team), and Korea being down to their last member, Park Yeonghun.

Nongshim 2008 final game

Chang Hao was unstoppable and he defeated Park Yeonghun too (game record here). Some interesting action happened in the upper right quarter of the board: first Black built a huge moyo there…

… then White managed to reduce it in a spectacular fashion, but Black kept enough of it to have a good lead.

Chang Hao proved again that he is a great champion – I became his fan when he came to the WAGC in 1990 as the Chinese representative (he was 14) and he won with a perfect 8-0 score (that was my first WAGC as the Romanian representative).

The final Chinese team member, Gu Li, didn’t have to play a single game during this Nongshim Cup.

Nongshim Cup 2008

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Nongshim Cup is a team tournament between China, Korea and Japan: each team member keeps playing until they lose once, at which point they get replaced by the next team member. In the past few days, Chang Hao of China eliminated Takao Shinji of Japan and Lee Changho of Korea, and he’s playing with Park Yeonghun of Korea as I am writing this (I am following the game live on Cyberoro). Photo of the end of the game between Chang Hao and Takao Shinji: Chang Hao won by 2.5 points.

Nongshim Cup 2008

Yet another photo from the same moment, different angle: Takao smiles even in defeat. I like the little kid in the background: maybe a future Go champion?

Nongshim Cup 2008

Chang Hao defeated Lee Changho next, by 0.5 points.

Nongshim Cup 2008

I also liked the following photo. Since Nongshim, the sponsor of this international tournament, is an instant noodles producer, is this one of the prizes? :-)

Nongshim noodles