The second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango got underway on outskirts of Shanghai, on February 23, 2014.
Lee Sedol now has a 2-0 lead in the best of 10 series, which will increase the pressure on Gu in game 3.
Gu Li starts well
Gu Li, playing black, started the game with nice opening.
Black 27 showed Gu’s delicate sense of play, and he took the lead up to black 45.
A failed attack reverses the game
Black 55 looked questionable, and white lived at the bottom fairly easily up to white 64.
Gu had been aiming at black 65 throughout the fight in the bottom left, but white 74 was a nice move, and black’s strategy proved unsuccessful.
White reversed the game up to 78.
A ko fight backfires on Lee
Black 93 was a nice way to attack white’s center group, after which white started a ko with 102-110.
However, it seems like Lee may not have anticipated black’s ko threat at 121, and the game became even again up to 129.
Gu regains the lead in the early endgame
White 142 was questionable, and black 143 was a big endgame move, after which black regained the lead.
The game was close, but black 169 was another good (sente) endgame move, and black was still leading up to 189.
Gu Li stumbles at the finish line
Black 209, 229, and 245 were mistakes, and black lost about 2-3 points because of them.
As a result, Lee Sedol was able to turn a probable half-point loss into a half-point win.
A painful result for Gu Li
This was a very painful defeat for Gu Li, because he lost a ‘won game’ right at the very end.
Gu will have to overcome this disappointment and regain his focus before the next match.
Fortunately, he has about five weeks to do so. Game 3 will be played in Chengdu on March 30, 2014.
The MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango
Two of the world’s top Go players, Lee Sedol and Gu Li, will play a jubango throughout 2014, to decide which of them is the stronger player.
A jubango is a 10 game match between two players. The term originates from the Japanese language and has been imported into English language Go parlance. The first player to win six games wins the match.