Chinese and Korean professional Go players have started the new year on a lighter note. From January 5 to 7, 2012, a group of Korean professionals took on Chinese professionals in nine rounds of friendly matches.
A chance to relax
The aim of the three days was for players to exchange ideas and play each other without the added pressure of competition.
Chinese pros like Gu Li 9p, Piao Wenyao 9p and Kong Jie 9p welcomed Park Junghwan 9p, Cho Hanseung 9p, Na Hyun 1p and 26 other Korean pros. Some matches were played as lightning Go and others matches allowed players to have 45 minutes main time.
After the first round, spectators were surprised to see losers pull out 100 RMB (approx $16 USD) notes to offer to winners. It turns out that in Korea, when playing friendly teaching games, it is common for the loser to offer money to the winner.
While the stakes are not always this high, it seems that the pros were more than happy to lose some money for the rare opportunity to relax and not take the games too seriously.
It’s hard to get game records from this informal event, but there are some photos and two games below for you to enjoy.