Posts Tagged ‘cho hyeyeon’

Rui Naiwei Defends Women Myeongin Title

Monday, 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.

Hye Yeon’s Story About Her Baduk Pro Career

Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Hye Yeon Cho, 8 dan professional in South Korea, the top pro to keep an English blog, has recently started a series of articles about how she learned Go and then how she became a professional player, then about her many title games with Rui Naiwei 9p. The series seems to be inspired by her recent challenge for Women Myeongin title against Rui Naiwei 9p. Hye Yeon won the first game, but then lost the following two.     Rui Naiwei vs. Cho Hye Yeon   Here are the links to the articles so far:

Hye Yeon Says Good-Bye

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

In what seems to be her last blog entry in English for now, Hye Yeon Cho, 8 dan professional from S. Korea, wrote that she’s going to stop her English blog in order to be able to focus on growing her professional career:

I wanted to share Baduk with friends in the foreign countries. But now I realize that it is no longer possible for me. To be a better player, I decide not to come here anymore. If I were a strong player, I could be a teacher or a good friend of yours. I absolutely do not deserve your attention, so I will leave my precious friends and sit down before the Baduk board.

I wrote about Hye Yeon’s blog several times. Too bad we lose this unique Go resource for the English Go community – I personally know of no other such strong professional player who keeps an English blog.

Thank you, good-bye, and good luck, Hye Yeon!

“Badung? What the hell is that?”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
The title is a quote from Hye Yeon’s blog describing her interaction with the US Customs officers on her entry in the US for the Go Congress this year. She was asked what’s her job, and when she told the officer about “Baduk”, that was the officer’s first reaction. Even if one cannot blame the US officer – the name people learn for this game in the US and Europe (if any) is “the game of Go” because it was Japan who first spread the game internationally – I still find this very hilarious as I try to imagine the scene. Speaking of custom officers, I remember an interaction with a Romanian one back in the early 90’s: a group of us was going by train to a Go competition abroad, and as we crossed the border we wanted to explain what it is we’re playing before being asked, and the officer even felt a bit offended: “Common, we also know a thing or two, of course we heard of Go!”. That was a pleasant surprise! Back to Hye Yeon’s blog: I love the candid way she describes her first US Congress experience. The first entry about the congress is here, then you can follow the next entries in the calendar on the left hand side in the blog.

Cho Hye Yeon in Korean Newspaper

Thursday, June 12th, 2008
Just found an article about Cho Hye Yeon’s blog in the English section of the Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo: “Student’s Blog Takes Baduk to a Global Audience”. According to wikipedia, Chosun Ilbo is one of the major newspapers in South Korea. I wrote about Hye Yeon and her wonderful blog in the past as well. Very recently (yesterday, actually), she defended the honor of the female team in the GG Auction Cup, stopping Kim Jongsoo. (This is a Korean tournament between female players and senior male players. The first in the senior team was the famous Jimmy Cha (Cha Minsoo is his Korean name) who eliminated 5 female players before being finally defeated by Lee Minjin. She defeated 4 more seniors before losing to Kim Jongsoo). Here’s Hye Yeon playing agains Kim Jongsoo:

Photo after the game:

The lids of stone bowls signed by the two players. Guess which one is signed by Hye Yeon:

Very luckily for the American Go players, Hye Yeon will visit the US Go Congress this year!

Kisei game 4 started today

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Kisei game 4 started today, it will conclude tomorrow. This is an important game: at 2-1 for Yamashita, one more win will bring him just one step away from defending his title against Cho. Here is the situation so far (click on the board image to download the game record). It is amazing how quickly the position turned into a non-standard variation in the lower-left corner.

Kisei 2008, game 4

On a related note, Cho Hye Yeon 7p of Korea was wondering what did Cho Chikun think about during day one of game 3 (when only 25 moves were played). Read her wonderful “Only a matter of TIME” article – it is very interesting and informative with respect to (decreasing) time limits in professional tournaments.

Female Myeongin Prizegiving Ceremony

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Rui Naiwei and Cho Hye Yeon at the Female Myeongin prizegiving ceremony:

Rui Naiwei and Cho Hye Yeon

I already wrote an entry about the final. Also, a reminder that Cho Hye Yeon has a very nice English blog. She is actually the only professional player who keeps an updated blog in English – thank you for that, Hye Yeon! To point to just a few of her recent entries: there is an entry about the mirror-Go strategy, one about what is to be insei in Korea, and one about a decline in Go / Baduk popularity in Korea.

Rui Naiwei won Female Myeongin against Cho Hyeyeon

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
Jujo is watching the game analysis of the second and final game in Female Myeongin: his wife, Rui Naiwei, won by 0.5 points against the challenger Cho Hyeyeon and kept her title.

Game record here.

First Go News of 2008

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
In the first Go News of 2008, Rui Naiwei defeated Cho Hyeyeon in the first game of the 9th Female Myeongin (Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin). The link to the game record is here.

Rui Naiwei is already famous worldwide that she doesn’t need any more introduction. About Cho Hyeyeon (with the alternative spelling: “Hye Yeon”, as she writes on her own English blog) I wrote briefly in another blog entry. You can find more games of both players at by looking them up in the players page (partial names work too).

Decline in Go/Baduk Interest in Korea

Monday, December 31st, 2007
I was very surprised and sad to read today’s blog entry about a decline in Go/Baduk interest in Korea. In case you don’t know about this blog already: it is an amazing view inside the life of a 7 dan professional player in Korea, Cho Hye Yeon.

It is interesting also to read this so soon after my Go/Baduk Affected By “Internet Entertainment”? very recent blog entry, where I was commenting on some 2007 statistics which showed a decline in the revenue of Baduk clubs in Korea. My conclusion there was that players moved out of traditional clubs and play online more. After reading Hye Yeon’s blog, though, I understand that there is a real decline in Baduk in Korea: many Baduk schools are closing, less books being published, less children dream of becoming pro players… Sounds very much like the situation in Japan that started in early nineties (maybe earlier?). The reasons for this situation seems to be related to both extra sources of entertainment (when it comes to explain the decline in amateur players) and to the fact that attending top universities in Korea became more difficult, so parents are less inclined to gamble their kids future while letting them study Baduk (when it comes to explain the decline in the number of inseis). Here’s also a quote from a 2 years old blog entry of Mr. Ooijer’s:
So why do all these kids want to be a professional? It is hardly rational. They gamble with their career. Some western Baduk players do not see this hard life and have a much too romantic view about the life of a Baduk professional.
Let’s hope that in the new year 2008 Go/Baduk/Weiqi will grow again.

Happy New Year everybody!