The second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango took place in Pinghu (on outskirts of Shanghai), on February 23, 2014.
Lee won the first game, so it became more important for Gu to even the series by winning this game.
No home turf advantage?
Many people expected that Gu Li would have something of an advantage in this match, because most of the games will be played in China. However, it doesn’t seem like Lee Sedol is affected by that so far, since the different food and environment don’t seem to bother him.
Gu Li under pressure
Actually, it looks like Gu Li is under quite a bit of pressure from his fans and the Chinese media. They’re very enthusiastic about this match, and I suspect that this could be creating more psychological pressure and may be distracting Gu.
We’re writing a book about this match
This commentary, and others, will form the basis for our Go book about Lee Sedol and Gu Li’s jubango.
The actual book will contain a more extensive commentary of this game, but you can regard what you see below as a draft (learn more).
Please help us to make our first Go book as good as possible. There are several ways you can help us to improve the commentary below:
- Ask questions about the game – if anything is unclear, please let us know so we can explain it better!
- Point out any mistakes, even minor typos – our first draft is below, because this is going to be a book, even small mistakes need to be fixed.
- Tell your friends and ask them to help too.
The rules of the game
The time limit for these games is 3 hours and 55 minutes, with 1 minute x 5 times byo-yomi. It’s traditional to subtract 5 minutes from the 4 hour total, because of the 5 x 1 minute periods.
There’s no lunch break scheduled for these games, but food is provided and the players are free to get up and eat whenever they want, throughout the game.
Anyway, let’s have a look at the second game of the jubango.