Go Commentary: Xie He vs Lee Sedol – 8th Chunlan Cup

This game is the third and deciding match of the 8th Chunlan Cup final between Lee Sedol 9p of Korea and Xie He 7p of China.

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Lee Sedol (9 dan, left) reviews the game with Xie He (7 dan)

Lee Sedol once said “Xie He is the toughest one to play against” in an interview about 5 years ago. Let’s see whether that’s changed or not.

In this game (game three) as well as game two, Lee played a new pattern starting with 18 in the top right.

Through the whole game, you might feel Lee Sedol’s brilliant and passionate moves and Xie He’s dignified and patient moves, and they completed an excellent game together. I hope you enjoy the commentary.

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Xie He vs Lee Sedol – 8th Chunlan Cup Game 3

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About Younggil An

Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He won the 'Prize of Victory of the Year' in 1998 for winning 18 consecutive pro games. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now runs Younggil's Go School in Sydney, Australia and writes at Go Game Guru. You can find Younggil on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Comments

  1. Thank-you for the commentary Mr. An Younggil.

    This seems like a great game for amateurs to review.

  2. scwizard says:

    It seems white was able to get a nice shape after R6. What if black had played S4 instead? Is that sort of move possible?

    As always, thank you for the great commentary.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Good question. I thought about black playing R6 at S4 too, and I think it’s a good move. There are pros and cons though. Black played R6 before connecting to make white’s stones heavier.

      If black just plays S4 immediately, white might play R10 next. After that, if black still tries to play R6, white would answer with R7 – but black shouldn’t do that. So white is lighter, but it’s also less clear how white will make shape.

      I prefer Younggil’s variation (with Q6 at R7) to the result in the game.

  3. I really enjoy these reviews. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great commentary. This game was very complicated, so your comments really help. Thank you very much!

  5. Thank you for explaining the game — especially the upper right hand corner!

  6. Lee Sedol is my hero. That deep invasion on the right side has changed my perspective of the game.

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