This was China’s second victory in this biennial exhibition match. The first was when Luo Xihe 9p defeated Lee Sedol 9p in 2007.
Chen Yaoye in excellent form
Chen Yaoye is currently #1 in China and has been in excellent form this year.
Kong Jie, in particular, may have had an influence on Chen’s play, since they’re team mates in the Chinese A League.
White takes an early lead
The opening was better for white (Chen), and there were two big ko fights, on the left side and in the top right corner.
Black made a mistake on the right side, after the second ko, and white took the lead.
Park tried hard to catch up, but Chen’s counters were perfect and the game became even worse for black as a result.
Chen was winning by a big margin when the game ended, after 298 moves, but Park didn’t resign because it was a special exhibition match.
The pressure of sudden death
The time limit for this game was 50 minutes sudden death.
That means that if a player uses more than 50 minutes, they immediately lose the game.
It seems like Park was nervous about running out of time, and he didn’t use his time properly.
Sometimes he played too quickly, in places where he should have spent more time. And he played too passively at times, when he should have fought back.
The Ancient City of the Phoenix Cup
The ‘Ancient City of the Phoenix Cup‘ started in 2003. It’s an exhibition match that takes place every two years in Fenghuang City, China – between a top player from China and Korea.
Fenghuang (凤凰) is the Chinese word for ‘phoenix’.
The winner’s prize is 400,000 RMB (about $65,000 USD at the time of writing). The runner up takes home 280,000 RMB.
During the game, 361 people (dressed in black and white outfits) demonstrate traditional martial arts, before taking a seat as a stone on a giant Go board.
The huge Go board is 31.7 m long, with an area 1005 square meters.
Many people come to watch these spectacular matches.
The board is situated in the world heritage listed area of China’s Southern Great Wall (different to the Great Wall of China), where one of the most beautiful castles in the world is.
The official name of the match translates literally to something like ‘Phoenix Ancient City World Go Champion of Champions’, so it’s not easy to translate it elegantly into English.
Because of this, Go Game Guru has decided to translate the name of this competition as ‘Ancient City of the Phoenix Cup’, which flows more naturally in English.
- 2003: Cho Hunhyun 9p (white) defeated Chang Hao 9p by 10.5 points
- 2005: Lee Changho 9p and Chang Hao 9p drew, after a quadruple ko
- 2007: Luo Xihe 9p (white) defeated Lee Sedol 9p by resignation
- 2009: Lee Sedol 9p (black) defeated Gu Li 9p by 5.5 points
- 2011: Choi Cheolhan 9p (black) defeated Kong Jie 9p by 2.5 points
- 2013: Chen Yaoye 9p (white) defeated Park Junghwan 9p by 14.5 points.
Park Junghwan vs Chen Yaoye
Is this the world’s biggest Go board?
Even though we have the dimensions of this huge Go board, we’re not sure if it’s bigger than the one at Lanke Mountain (because we don’t have the dimensions for that one at the moment).