An Younggil’s Pro Go Videos: Liu Xing vs Lee Donghoon – 2nd MLily Cup

Younggil: Today I’m going to show you a game played between Liu Xing 7p and Lee Donghoon 5p in the final round of the 2nd MLily Cup preliminaries.

Liu Xing is well known for his unique and creative style of play. He’s won the Ahan Tongshan Cup a couple of times and he was ranked #3 in China in 2009.

Lee Donghoon is a rising star in Korea, and he recently won the KBS Cup to achieve his first career title, defeating Park Junghwan 9p.

You’ll see the fighting spirits of both players, and you’ll learn how to handle close combat in the center. You’ll also learn how to manage ko fights.

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Liu Xing vs Lee Donghoon


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  1. black’s fighting strength is amazing. I don’t care that he lost, he’s an absolute wizard.

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, right. Liu Xing is well known for his unique style of play with his creative approach in the fighting situation. I like his games very much. 🙂

  2. A very early fuseki query: c16 for move 6 is a move that I have read is supposed to be a bit slack. But I have never really understood that (though I can see the merits of F16), and I am not sure if it is one of those perpetuated myths or not (like the small knight move from hoshi after a kakari was supposed to be bad for decades and decades and now is standard).

    I could say on a tewari basis that the ‘small shimari’ created by d17 and c16 was supposed to be about 1/2 point worse than the standard shimari according to a top Japanese pro of the 20th century – but then after that the approach at d14 is then nothing to write home about… which would lead to the local shape with move 6 at c16. That would support my position… maybe… OK black can hit the shoulder later at E16, but white has a territorial head start.

    What do you think? Is move 6 at c16 wrong or is it just not played because it is a bit unexciting?

    Sorry if the question seems a bit abstruse… 🙂

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for your question.

      Responding at C16 is alright. I found nothing wrong with that.

      The diagonal move at C 16 isn’t popular, because that’s a bit slower compared to F16 or C15.

      That’s interesting to hear that move is half a point worse than the standard knight’s move, but isn’t that without Black’s approach?

      Anyway, all those moves you mentioned are playable in that opening I think.

  3. Rollingstones says:

    I’ve no intelligent insight to offer (6-7kyu), but wanted to express my thanks for the excellent game reviews. I very much enjoy these videos and learn a little something with each one. A great resource.

    Thank you!

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for your kind comment.

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the videos, and hopefully you can learn something new from them. 🙂