Posts Tagged ‘korea’

Fujitsu Cup: all Korean final

Saturday, July 7th, 2007
They said that July 7th 2007 (07-07-07) is a very lucky day (since number 7 is considered lucky). It was indeed a lucky day for the Korean Go, but not so for the Japanese Go: the semifinals of Fujitsu saw the 2 Korean players winning against the 2 Japanese players, so the final will be all Korean. Park Yeonghun defeated Yoda Norimoto by half a point, while Lee Changho defeated Cho U by resignation. Go the the tournament page for the Lee Changho – Cho U game, with Cyberoro variations. The final will be played on July 9th, in Japan.

Lee Changho lost the Guksu title

Sunday, March 18th, 2007
Lee Changho lost the Korean Guksu title to challenger and newcomer Yun Junsang (19 years old, 4 dan). Lenius corrected me: Yun Junsang is not a newcomer to the top professional Go: in 2002 when he was only 1p (and 14-15 years old!) he only lost 2-1 to Cho Hunhyun in a playoff to decide the challenger to Kiseong title (equivalent to the Japanese Kisei). I wrote my thoughts on the 4th and last game. It was interesting how kosumi-tsuke appeared in the opening, how White sacrificed a group, and how Black played 3 moves in a row on the second line, in the middle game.

Playing Baduk in a Park in Korea

Monday, March 5th, 2007
I found today a blog entry of someone from Busan, South Korea, about people playing Baduk (the Korean for “Go”) in a park. See one of the pictures below; click on it and you’ll see more, on

It reminds me of parks in Bucharest, Romania where I grew up, except that people there play chess and backgammon, not Go :-) Now that I think of it, I don’t remember ever seeing people playing Go in parks in Japan…

Becoming a Professional Player in Korea

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I just found this nice article: Becoming a Professional Player in Korea

The title is self-explanatory. I was impressed with the number of Korean insei at any given time: 168! That is more than 3 times the number of insei in Japan, at least at the time when I was insei.

By the way, the article is part of a nice series of Korean lessons.

In the “Proverbs Part (2)” one, I found a quite funny comment in the “If You Have Lost All Four Corners, Resign” section:

“However, after many brilliant professionals in Korea discovered the value of the sides and the center, the modern version of this proverb goes like this: “If you have secured the four corners, resign.”

The funny thing is that I have known the updated proverb from Japanese sources for a very long time now, so the brilliant professionals in Japan must have discovered that before the brilliant professionals in Korea :-)