This year’s Chongqing International Golden Buddha Mountain Tourism and Cultural Festival (in China) has certainly served up a treat for Go fans around the world.
The tournament is unlikely to be repeated, but is sponsored by Bosai Minerals Group and is being called the Bosai Cup.
Three top Go players in top form
Imitating the Meijin
The Bosai Cup is being played in a similar format to the China Japan Korea World Meijin, where the Meijins from the three countries face one another. Lee, Gu and Iyama will play three games to determine a winner.
The draw was decided at a lavish opening reception held in honour of the players. Gu drew a bye in the first round, so Lee and Iyama played today.
Iyama Yuta defeats Lee Sedol in game one!
In the first game, Iyama Yuta (taking black) defeated Lee Sedol by resignation.
As the winner, Iyama will play in the final on May 18 2011. Tomorrow, in a rematch of last month’s 3rd BC Card final, Gu will play Lee for the second spot in the final.
The match will start at 1:00pm on May 17 (China Standard Time – UTC+8).
Perhaps Gu’s recent prowess on the soccer field will give him an edge? Or will Lee have a psychological advantage over Gu, due to his recent win? (Lee Sedol and Gu Li’s game was commented by Younggil here)
Update: Gu Li defeats Lee Sedol in game two of the Bosai Cup – May 17
In an exciting large scale game, Gu (black) won by resignation after hard fighting. Iyama and Gu are both top players, but Lee’s game also feels a little bit strange in both these matches.
I wonder whether his recent injury has anything to do with this, or if he’s just in a post tournament slump after the winning the 3rd BC Card Cup? I’ll let you know if we find out more about this. I hope he gets back into top form soon.
Who do you think will win?
With Iyama’s win, the exhibition match has become very interesting for Go fans. Cast your vote now to pick the winner.
- Iyama Yuta (Japan) (54%, 41 Votes)
- Gu Li (China) (25%, 19 Votes)
- Lee Sedol (Korea) (21%, 17 Votes)