Posts Tagged ‘cristian pop’

International Chunlan Cup – round 1

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
First round of the international Chunlan Cup 2008 was played on March 15th in Hangzhou, China. This is a Chinese sponsored tournament, with a prize fund of 1 milion USD (of which 150000 USD for the first prize). Besides several players from each of China, Korea and Japan, there were also one representative from Europe (Cristian Pop) and one from America (Jimmy Cha 4p, who is Korean-American). The first round wasn’t very good for Japan, which saw almost all her team eliminated: Yoda Norimoto lost to Ding Wei of China, Kono Rin lost to Wang Yao of China, Kobayashi Satoru lost to Chen Yaoye of China and Imamura Toshiya lost to Jimmy Cha of US. Takao Shinji was the only Japanese player to play in round 2 (which will be tomorrow, March 17th) after his win against Zhang Li 4p of China. As for the two representatives from Europe and US: Cristian Pop of Romania lost against Won Sungjin 9p of Korea after a fighting game, but Jimmy Cha 4p of US won against Imamura Toshiya 9p of Japan – he had already proven himself in international tournaments in the past, he even defeated Cho Chikun once! The following photo shows the beginning of the game between Won Jungjin and Cristian Pop.

Won Sungjin vs. Cristian Pop

And the next photo shows Lee Sedol (who is seeded directly into the 2nd round, against Ding Wei) studying the game between Mok Jinseok of Korea and Zhou Junxun of Taiwan (Mok won by 5.5 points). There is also another professional player next to him (can anybody recognize him?) studying tsume-go.

Lee Sedol studying Mok's game

Video interview with Cristian Pop

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
I found a video interview with Cristian Pop (Solaris on KGS). The random Go videos page was recently added, and as I found this interview by chance while browsing through the videos I thought it may be a nice addition to my own interview with Cristian for those of you who want to know him better. By the way, both the “random Go photo” and “random Go video” pages are automatically generated from photos, respectively videos tagged with Go / Baduk / Weiqi related terms; as such, they may or may not be really related to the “Game of Go”; sometimes people tag some trip photo “baduk” just because it was taken during a tournament, for instance, even if there is no trace of Go board in it :-)

Interview with Cristian “Solaris” Pop

Thursday, June 7th, 2007
I just published an interview with Cristian Pop – know as “Solaris” on some Go servers – the 7 dan from Romania who won an excellent 4th place at the recent World Amateur Go Championship. He also has an online Go school – see his website if you are interested to join: