He was the first player to qualify as a professional under a new points system in Korea for amateur players.
His results so far against pros are outstanding. I’m writing this on September 28, 2011.
How Cho qualified under the new system
He has won 11 games out of 14 against pros, and earned 110 points under the new system. 30 points were from 16th LG Cup and 80 points were from the 39th Myeongin. 100 points are required to qualify as a pro, so Cho Insun achieved this goal.
The “special case for amateur players in the open tournaments” was enacted from July 2009 by the Hankuk Kiwon (Korean Baduk Association).
It is intended to give more motivation to amateur players, and Cho’s the first player to take advantage of these rules.
Cho’s next game in the 39th Myeongin
In the 39th Myeongin, Cho will next play against Lee Changho 9p in the quarter final. It will be certainly be very exciting for Go fans everywhere!
Professional players aren’t really concerned about or interested in this new points system, but amateur players must be very excited. However, it’s still really hard to get 100 points against pros and only the strongest players will be able to do it.
But Cho did do it, and it should be very good news for amateur players who want to become pros!
What I think about the new system
In my opinion, this new system can give motivation to top amateur players, so I support this system. There are so many young talented players in Korea and elsewhere, but because of the high level of competition, some of them couldn’t get a chance to become a pro.
However, under this sort of system, anyone can challenge and grasp the opportunity. Even players who, like Cho, have become too old to qualify through the yeongusaeng (Korean insei) system.
I played several unofficial games with Cho Insun, before I came to Australia, and now he becomes a pro. I’m really glad to hear this news and I hope more top amateur players beat pros and get a second chance to make their dreams come true.
What do you think?
I’d like to hear what amateur players around the world think about these changes. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.