Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Lee Changho – 6th Price Information Cup

“Although I won the tournament, there’re some parts I don’t like in the games. Thanks a lot to my fans and wife. I think I won today because my wife has come with me,” Lee Sedol said at the interview after the second game on the final of the Price Information Cup.

A much anticipated game

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Sedol wins the ‘War of Double Lee’.

Go lovers always look forward to watching the game between ‘Living Legend’ Lee Changho and ‘mythical’ Sedol, and there was a poll about this final on the one of Go websites in Korea. 49% of people anticipated Changho to win the final by 2:1, and 23% of people expected Sedol to win by 2:1. However, in the result, Sedol won by 2:0. Only 15% of people anticipated the result correctly.

It was because of Changho’s name value, but lots of Korean pros expected Sedol’s winning because Changho is in bad condition lately.

White falls behind after losing the ko fight

In the game, W was slightly ahead from the opening to middle game, but W made a mistake at the ko fight on the upper left corner. W gave up the ko too easily, and after B eliminates the ko, the game has slightly reversed. When W resigned the game, it was still close, but Changho seemed to be too exhausted with spending all his energy to reverse the game again.

Photos from the match

Sedol said that ‘I always admire Changho’s style of playing, and my all time goal is to become stronger than him. Even now, I think his strength is higher than mine though I beat him this time. It wasn’t that a proper game as it was lightning.’

In six years of the Price Information Cup, Sedol has won three times in 2006, 2007 and this year. Meanwhile Changho has only been on the second place three times in 2005, 2009 and this year.

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Lee Sedol vs Lee Changho – 6th Price Information Cup

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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.

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