Baduk TV English: Lee Changho vs Lee Sedol – Searching for Exquisite Games: Episode 8

Searching for Exquisite Games is a Baduk TV series that reviews some of the best games of Go from the last few decades. The commentators are Yoon Seonghyun 9p and Shim Wooseop 7d.

Episode 8 looks at game 4 from the 7th LG Cup final, played on March 27, 2003. Lee Changho plays black and Lee Sedol plays white.

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Hello! This is the last episode about 'dramatic reversals'!

There are many types of reversals. For example, the tide can change in an instant.

Or, a game can be reversed gradually, inch by inch.

Let's meet today's guest.

Hello, my name is Jang Sangbin, I'm a third year student at Gwangnam High School.

Q. Which game would you like to introduce to us?

A game from the final of the 7th LG Cup, played between Lee Changho 9p and Lee Sedol 9p.

Q. Could you please summarize the game for us?

Earlier in the game, Lee Changho took the lead by capturing a big group at the bottom.

However, Lee Sedol revived his dead group by making a ko.

Therefore, I think even beginners will be able to follow and enjoy this game.

Q. Why did you choose this game?

I'm a huge fan of Lee Sedol. He'd been #2 to Lee Changho before this game.

Because of Lee Sedol's reversal, I became more interested in this game.

That's how I selected it.

I hope you'll enjoy this game!

Today's guest is very special. He's a high school student!

He said that he's a fan of Lee Sedol, but his facial expression didn't change.

In this way, he's similar to Lee Changho!

By the way, he picked one of the games from the 7th LG Cup.

If he hadn't, I would've recommended this game myself. This game is that famous.

In addition, the quality of the game is also very high.

Let's have a look at the game!

Lee Changho 9p plays black, Lee Sedol 9p plays white.

This was a game that could decide the winner of the LG Cup.

So, of course, this game was crucial.

Before this game, Lee Sedol was ahead 2-1 in the five game match.

He'd become a champion by winning this game.

These two had met in the final of the LG Cup before.

Yes, Lee Changho defeated Lee Sedol at the time.

Therefore, it was a good opportunity for Lee Sedol to take his revenge.

Lee Sedol's goal was to overcome Lee Changho.

This was a good chance to fulfill his wish.

In addition, it was a five game series.

Lee Changho spread out with the Mini Chinese Opening, and Lee Sedol split here.

Lee Changho's answers were very calm.

We've seen this sequence many times.

It was particularly popular at the time when this game was played.

In the game, black approached here. What's the recent trend?

Are there other interesting moves?

Recently black plays one point to the right, instead of playing the original Mini Chinese Opening.

In the top left, black can choose between these two moves, to reinforce.

Since white's already jumped here, this knight's move looks more appropriate.

However, many moves had already been investigated at the time.

This approach was one such move.

When they encountered on another in a previous LG Cup final, in 2001, Lee Sedol performed very well.

However, he lost the last three games to Lee Changho and became frustrated.

Because of that, Lee Sedol was well prepared for this series.

Both players chose a basic joseki.

It looks like there were many big points.

However, Lee Sedol extended here. What was his intention?

Originally, we thought this move was slow.

There's another joseki that looks like this.

The conclusion with that joseki is that white's slightly better.

Since white has one more move here, this move may look loose.

But this move aims at this attachment.

This approach isn't special at all.

If white plays here immediately, black exchanges these forcing moves before defending.

After that, white settles down at the bottom.

But when this move is played, white's aim has to be more severe.

Can white play that violently? What if black shuts white in like this?

Then white bumps here. The placement of the stones is important when playing this move.

White shouldn't crawl along the second line too much.

White can cut here, because the ladder is favorable for him now.

This stone is a ladder breaker.

So black must extend here instead.

After that, white can push in sente.

Without this exchange, black has time to descend here, which is a forcing move.

White's group would suffer greatly in that case.

Thanks to this exchange, this push is sente.

Then he can hane here.

It's very different. White can also move this stone out later.

When the ladder favors white, this extension is meaningful.

Well, this aim is very powerful indeed.

However, you need to check the ladder before attaching here.

To remove that aji, Lee Changho reinforced his position.

After seeing this aji, defending looks essential to me.

Defending here is quite big.

Compared to white's solid extension, it's more profitable in terms of territory.

Since white's position was very solid, this invasion was good now.

If black jumps out, white attaches here.

If a fight starts here, white's thickness will work well.

This was the aim of white's solid extension.

Lee Sedol looked at both moves as miai.

He accumulated power for the upcoming battle.

This move wasn't typical of Lee Sedol's earlier style, since he usually preferred direct attacks.

However, through many big matches, he'd been improving very fast.

Lee Changho didn't like the fighting variation.

So he chose to trade with this 3-3 invasion, which hasn't been seen much recently.

Well, it was an unusual move.

In general, black chooses either the jump or this attachment.

After this attachment, black counter-hanes.

Consequently, black can capture this white stone and take the corner.

We see many examples of this variation in pro games.

After this, white will invade black's moyo of course.

White has to make constant use of his thickness and keep the pressure up.

Let's compare this variation to the progression from the actual game.

In the game, Lee Changho invaded at 3-3 immediately.

Up to here, he settled in the corner.

It doesn't look that different to the previous variation.

White could still invade here anyway.

But, unlike in the previous position, black can aim at this cutting point now.

This was Lee Changho's aim.

In terms of points, the attachment and counter-hane is better.

However, it was quite predictable that white would tenuki in that case.

So Lee Changho left this cutting point for later.

However, he thought very deeply about both these variations.

Surprisingly, Lee Sedol defended again, storing even more power.

However, the observers criticized this idea.

Basically, this move protected the cutting point indirectly.

However, many people said that this move wasn't in keeping with Lee Sedol's style,

Because white can withstand the cut anyway.

He can fight like this, without any problems.

If black extends, white has time to defend here.

Since this area is strong, white has no reason to avoid a fight.

It's curious that a player like Lee Sedol avoided this variation.

Moreover, black needs to answer in the top right, because that area is urgent now.

It's quite understandable when you think about how Lee Sedol would have approached this game.

If he lost this game, he wouldn't be guaranteed to win the next one either.

Anyway, his choice didn't receive positive feedback from the observers' room.

After that, Lee Changho completed this area.

Then Lee Sedol expanded his moyo.

Since this move is sente, black can't reduce white's moyo like this.

Nevertheless, black needed to erase white's moyo somehow.

This move looks very deep.

The observers didn't agree with this move either.

Lee Changho made a deep reduction after seeing Lee Sedol's passive moves.

This shallow reduction would be more typical of Lee Changho.

If white answers here, black can jump.

Since white had invested many moves on the left, black could allow such a territory.

This moyo isn't that big.

On the other hand, black got the all corners.

I guess Lee Changho was too conscious of who his opponent was.

Considering his style, this choice was unusual.

Of course, Lee Sedol didn't fall back.

He'd been accumulating power, playing some slow-looking moves, so this reduction seemed to be too much.

This capping move was an obvious attack.

In response, Lee Changho jumped out.

If white attaches here, to separate black, black can sidestep and get out of danger.

So Lee Sedol aimed at the whole group.

If black survives on the inside, it'll be fine.

But white's wall was very solid, so this group had to suffer to some extent.

Cutting here isn't powerful now, because white already removed his weak point.

After this knight's move, Lee Changho attached here.

In response, this hane was very powerful.

In the actual game, Lee Changho cut here, to manage his group.

How about blocking like this?

Then white would push here.

When white connects here, black's eye shape is gone.

This hane isn't much good, because this cutting point isn't a big deal now.

What about this cut?

Well, this move looks more plausible.

But white can sacrifice his stones now.

These two stones aren't very big.

Even though black captures two white stones, he still can't manage the center group.

This isn't good.

So Lee Changho resisted, and a complicated variation was created.

After Lee Sedol's hane, Lee Changho spent about 35 minutes on his the next move.

It hints at how difficult this move was.

After reading for a long time, Lee Changho chose to cut here.

However, he didn't seem to think deeply enough about white's atari.

It seems like white's in trouble after this atari.

But, instead of saving this stone, white will connect here.

If black captures this stone, white will push.

Can black's group survive on the inside?

Well, white can't cut immediately, because black has a strong counter.

In order to stop black from escaping, white has to hane here. If black cuts, white will extend.

Black's in trouble.

However, black will atari here instead.

After these exchanges, black connects.

Then this extension is sente.

It creates the miai for black.

Without the exchanges, black couldn't escape.

Well, the exchanges make a big difference.

So, instead of cutting there, white has to defend here.

Now black can make an eye at the top.

So he just needs to find something else here. But white's too solid.

If white attacks like this, I'm not sure if this group will survive.

If it dies, the game will be over here.

Obviously, this group is in danger now.

So Lee Changho cut here instead.

White had to rescue all of his stones at this stage.

Black was in trouble, because his groups were divided into two.

This attachment was a tesuji though.

And this counter-hane was Lee Changho's aim.

After that, this counter-atari was a nice combination.

White couldn't avoid a ko.

If white connects here, black can cut.

This is a double atari, so it's a ko.

Lee Sedol captured this stone first, and Lee Changho double ataried.

So we thought the Lee Changho had found something here.

However, Lee Sedol proved that he's superb at reading.

It was time to count the number of ko threats. Black had several at the top.

After starting the ko, this ko threat works.

Is it ok for white? He'd only be able to capture a part of the group.

In addition, if black connects here, these white stones will die.

It's enough for black.

So we thought that white was in trouble.

But, at this point, this push was a great move!

I don't think black can capture this stone, because white can squeeze and capture.

Well, black had to capture anyway.

In doing so, they reached a compromise.

What if black perseveres, like this?

Then the ko would begin eventually.

White needs to capture this stone.

Then black has to use this ko threat.

But, instead of capturing these two stones, white will atari here.

Is white aiming at this black group?

Black won't answer most ko threats.

If white connects here, black has no choice but to continue the ko.

This atari is the next threat.

After that, black will recapture the ko.

Then white cuts here.

Black's run out of ko threats.

So capturing this stone is inevitable.

Then descending here is a good move.

It's hard to find a way to escape into the center.

So black has to play here to live.

Well, this group can survive.

However, white will capture these black stones.

Black gave up too many stones here.

And white can still take more profit by playing here.

This corner is insecure.

After the push, this placement hits the vital point.

This throw-in is a tesuji, so it's a ko.

While black was trying to live, he put many of his groups in danger.

It'd be hard for black to choose this variation.

Even though it's complicated, the outcome is worse than the actual game.

That's why Lee Changho couldn't resist like this.

Even though they faced a complicated situation, both players read accurately.

Lee Changho's attempts to make a ko were very good.

However, Lee Sedol's move here was brilliant.

It was such a well timed move.

Lee Changho would've thought about this move.

However, in addition to the previous points, the shape doesn't look very nice.

Capturing this stone was a good choice.

So a trade took place on the left side.

After giving up his two stones, Lee Sedol attached here.

This group was already safe, so Lee Changho defended his moyo.

These moves were sente.

Even though black settled down on the left side, he had to abandon his group at the top.

How would you assess the outcome?

Well, black successfully managed his group on the left.

However, white captured this group and gained a solid position.

Some observers even said the result was disastrous for black.

But the damage wasn't quite that serious.

In terms of territory, black was ok because he'd captured these two white stones.

Overall, white was slightly better, because he got a solid position in the center.

Lee Sedol capped here, to expand the center further.

He needed to maximize his thickness.

I thought white would continue to invest in the center, but he invaded here now.

Lee Sedol was confident about his thickness.

In contrast, it was hard for black to attack this stone properly.

Lee Changho tried to reduce white's moyo slowly, like this.

This move left some aji for later.

Then Lee Sedol leaned against the corner, inducing a ko.

This was a good strategy, since white's position was very solid.

Lee Sedol must've been confident about this ko.

He made a good use of his thickness.

There were several absolute ko threats here.

Black couldn't connect like this.

This atari is both painful and forceful.

It can't get any worse for black.

Not only did white destroy the bottom side, he also fortified his moyo.

So Lee Changho played a severe move.

If white cuts here, there will be a huge ko fight.

Black didn't have good ko threats though.

On the other hand, white had some on the left side.

Was he thinking of a trade then?

Yes, I suppose he was.

I think Lee Changho was pessimistic about the position.

It was both a do or die move and an asking move.

After this move, Lee Sedol had to decide whether to start the ko or not.

However, he couldn't do so yet.

If black makes two ponnukis, the bottom side will become much larger.

Leaving that area, Lee Sedol attached here!

It was such a difficult move to conceive of.

It was kind of an asking move too.

If black hanes, white will crosscut.

Are these moves intended to create ko threats?

Possibly, if black ataris here, white can begin the ko.

Or, white can also break though the bottom side like this.

Once white connects here, the burden of the ko will be reduced.

It's a lot better than the previous variation we showed.

Lee Sedol read the situation broadly here.

The main purpose of this move was to see how black would respond.

Black couldn't let white connect.

Lee Changho had no choice but to atari here.

In response, Lee Sedol played a series of powerful moves.

How about just connecting instead? Isn't it good enough?

If white plays there, black will capture this stone to prevent the ko.

If black counter-ataris, another ko will begin.

A ko was favorable for white, because he had many big threats.

There was no reason for white to avoid kos.

Since this ko fight was more favorable for black, Lee Changho played here.

After white connected, black counter-ataried.

Let me explain why black captured white's stone first.

If black plays here first, without that exchange, white will cut and start a ko.

Black has to capture this stone, then white begins another ko.

It's a double ko. Black can't win both kos.

Even if black wins this ko, it won't affect this group at all.

And if white wins the ko here, he'll gain many points at the bottom.

So black had to avoid this variation.

Therefore, Lee Changho had to capture this white stone first.

After that exchange, he ataried.

This battle was so complicated.

After white captured black's stone, Lee Changho connected.

This fight was quite complex.

White could've started the ko and used this threat.

Or, capturing this stone was another option, aiming at the double ko.

To prevent it, black needs to defend somehow.

Since white was thicker, Lee Sedol had many choices.

The ko was the focus of the game. Let's continue after the break.

The game was becoming more interesting!

However, the situation was very complicated. Can you summarize it?

In the opening, Lee Changho's reduction was too deep.

Lee Sedol's attack was so severe, inflicting a heavy blow on black.

In addition, his ko strategy was excellent.

He was trying to start any ko.

For Lee Changho, the ko would be burdensome, obviously.

Because of that, he captured white's stone to prevent a ko here.

After that, he connected here.

At this point, white had two options.

He could either start the ko, or capture this stone to probe for black's answer.

Lee Sedol started the ko instantly.

However, it was problematic.

It was a miscalculation. However, we thought at the time that this move would be the finishing blow.

When white made his threat here, Lee Changho finished the ko immediately.

Black couldn't afford to play here, since he had no ko threats.

This might be a threat, but white wouldn't respond.

If black connects, white will play some forcing moves before sacrificing.

After this atari, black still has to answer.

To prevent more forcing moves, black should to atari.

Now white's group can survive, even if black cuts.

So white can destroy the corner, by separating black.

If black plays here, white will exchange this move in sente.

He can easily live on the inside with this tiger's mouth.

It creates the two points in miai.

The damage in the bottom left is so massive.

At least one of black's groups will die.

So black couldn't lose the ko.

That's why Lee Changho couldn't answer.

However, a problem occurred soon afterwards.

Lee Sedol misread something at the bottom.

He thought black had to connect here, to remove aji.

Then, if white plays here, he can rescue his group.

It looks ideal for white, since he's captured black's group and saved his bottom group.

Yes, and the game would be over.

Lee Sedol confessed that he missed this move.

If white captures this stone, black can simply connect here.

If black pushes here instead, white can escape after exchanging this move.

However, this connection resolved everything.

After white captured this stone, black simply yielded.

This attachment was a tesuji, so this group was dead.

If white kosumis, black can attach and shut white in.

In response to this connection, black extends.

This exchange doesn't help much.

White doesn't have enough eye space to survive.

This group dies.

If this happens, isn't this white group much bigger than black's group on the left?

Besides the prisoners, so much dame (neutral points) becomes territory for black.

As a result, Lee Sedol faced a crisis.

His reading in the first battle was so accurate, despite complicated variations.

Nevertheless, he overlooked this simple move.

Instead of starting the ko, there was a good alternative.

White should've captured this stone first.

Probing for black's answer would have been better.

If black prevents this ko, white can cut here, rather than sticking to the other ko.

Thanks to his success in the first battle, white was clearly leading.

He was preparing for the 'coup de grace', but he slipped up because of a misread.

This variation was simple and safe.

Lee Sedol's plan was to rescue his group.

But he couldn't, and it was a huge problem.

We assessed the outcome of the trade. We realized that white had lost more than ten points here.

This move looks amazing.

If black cuts here, white can survive, because this move is sente.

White can live on the inside, or escape.

This move was an excellent tesuji.

I guess it would have shocked Lee Sedol.

Before that, he'd have been surprised by this move.

He'd have realized black could play the attachment tesuji at that point.

This white group died without leaving significant aji behind.

In terms of territory, black was leading by about 15 points on the board now.

White faced an emergency.

Lee Sedol attached here. At first glance, it seemed like an overplay.

Can white cut here immediately?

However, this move suggests how desperate white's situation was.

Since black can connect here later, it was clearly a bad exchange.

Yes, this group can be revived now.

After that exchange, Lee Sedol attached again.

It shows that he was shaky after his misread.

I don't see a clear intention behind this attachment.

It seems like the psychological damage that Lee Sedol suffered was huge.

In contrast, Lee Changho's responses look so calm.

He wedged here, but playing here was another option.

After this exchange, black could attempt to capture white's group.

Because the circumstances are special, white can double hane and make a ko.

Is it a ko if black cuts here?

It's a perfect situation. White has a number of threats at the bottom.

That's because he let his group die earlier.

Since black can't withstand the ko, he has to atari instead.

But white can still make a ko like this.

In normal situations, these kinds of moves are nonsense.

But it's plausible in this case.

If black falls back like this, white can even continue the ko by jumping, like this!

It'd be the only way in which Lee Sedol could reverse the game.

However, Lee Changho had succeeded enormously at the bottom, so he wouldn't take a risk like that.

There are so many ways to create something in the corner.

The double hane looks interesting.

That's why Lee Changho wanted to manage the corner simply.

Living like this would be meaningless.

Lee Sedol resisted by cutting here.

A player who's behind seeks to complicate, while the other player tries to simplify things.

It's fascinating to watch this sort of struggle.

Black had no weak groups on the board.

This area was Lee Sedol's last resort.

Anyway, he successfully separated black here.

It was profitable for white to break through here.

However, both of these black moves were sente.

And then Lee Changho rescued his group.

This exchange enabled black to connect like this.

Because of that exchange, black had to answer differently in the corner.

Thanks to this aji, Lee Changho's answers in the corner were simple.

However, black bumped and saved his group now.

Even though white erased black's moyo, it wasn't profitable because he also released black's group.

The territorial gap was widening, although Lee Sedol's position was still more solid.

White was struggling very hard.

Lee Sedol ataried here.

He was aiming at the entire group.

After black haned, Lee struck at a vital point.

Lee Changho played very safely, so that his group became alive.

It seemed like the game was being settled.

White could only exchange this move.

After that, it's very hard to complete the center, since this area is wide open.

In addition, black's position was very thick.

The situation was becoming hopeless for Lee Sedol.

However, there's a reason why this game was chosen for this theme.

If the game had finished like this, it wouldn't be today's featured game.

I'm wondering what could lead to a reversal.

Lee Sedol attached here, as if here were making a normal endgame play.

I thought he was going to start a ko like this.

But he haned here.

Couldn't black cut, like this?

There's some nasty aji here.

White would exchange these moves in sente.

After that, this move is quite tricky.

Black can atari here.

However, white will squeeze like this.

If black ataris, white will make a ko. Then white will take profit with this hane.

Instead of this, Lee Changho chose to fall back, which was a wise decision.

After this, he played here, to gain one more point.

This move is safer.

It would have been good enough because black was leading by more than ten points.

This move was fine.

After that, white cut here, and black connected.

However, Lee Sedol had a very severe aim in this cut.

Considering just the corner, this cut was a bad exchange.

White could've haned here and got some points.

This exchange, in itself, is unprofitable.

So clearly Lee Sedol was aiming at something.

However, Lee Changho didn't anticipate Lee Sedol's scheme at all.

It doesn't look like there's any aji on the inside. White has so many weak points.

To state the conclusion first, black should've descended here.

This move wouldn't be too hard for the players to find.

At this point, Lee Sedol had a great opportunity to reverse the game.

Let's have a look at the game and compare the difference.

This move was Lee Changho's choice.

Many moves here were sente.

White exchanged this kosumi too.

As we saw earlier, white can't escape.

White would lose points for each move here, unless he could create something on the inside.

But Lee Sedol had a plan.

This move is nearly sente, so white connected here.

Black couldn't cut white like this.

After that, black has to capture white with this atari.

In order to rescue his three stones, that move is inevitable.

But this atari is sente now!

So black doesn't have time to cut here.

Then how should black answer?

To prevent white's escape, black has to play here.

Then white can make a ko with this hane.

Let's look at the difference between these two moves.

Suppose the progression is the same as in the game.

If white connects here now, black can cut.

Compare the difference between the two moves.

In this case, it's no use playing here.

Black can throw in. It's a one move difference.

In the actual game, black needed two moves to capture white's two stones.

If Lee Changho had descended, the game would have been practically over.

Since he connected here instead, an accident happened.

Lee Sedol connected on the first line.

Black couldn't cut there, so he wedged to connect.

However, it became a ko after white haned.

So couldn't black capture white's group unconditionally?

No, it was a ko, which was a big disaster for black.

This move is also conceivable.

It's quite complicated.

White wedges, then black has to cut.

White can't survive on the inside, but look at black's group here.

It isn't alive either.

Is it a capturing race then?

Since white's captured these three stones, he's got lots of liberties.

Black can't capture this white stone.

So he needs to play here, to increase his liberties somehow.

In response to black's hane, white can push here, since the ladder is favorable.

This stone is a ladder breaker.

Inevitably, black has to atari, to get out.

After that, defending here is necessary.

However, white can choke black's group of liberties quite severely, by cutting here.

This throw-in makes a good combination.

Subsequently, white ataris.

Even though the sequence is long, it's quite straightforward.

This extension is sente, so black doesn't have enough space to escape.

Even if black jumps, white will extend and aim at both points in miai.

Furthermore, black has very few liberties.

White has an eye, while black doesn't. So black can't win this battle.

That's why Lee Changho couldn't attack white like this.

Black couldn't manage his center group.

As a result, he had to play here to start the ko.

Even though black sought to avoid it, it was unavoidable.

Even though white had made some bad exchanges, this was a hanami ko for him.

If white captures this black group, the loss at the bottom won't matter at all.

Black had no choice but to answer the threat.

This was a local threat.

This was both an endgame play and a ko threat. It'd be very unpleasant for black.

This move was a threat too. White had to respond.

After that, white used another ko threat here.

Black ran out of ko threats at this point.

This isn't a threat, because white can atari here.

Well, it's easy to make a mistake there.

Lee Changho had to use his threat here.

It would have felt quite painful to play here.

Lee Sedol finished the ko fight, of course.

His group lived with many points.

After this move, white connected.

Lee Changho's previous attack was severe, so he'd captured white's group.

But one mistake created a huge difference.

I don't think there's any need to talk about who was successful here.

White obviously turned the tables on black at this point.

It seems like Lee Changho became haunted around the time of this move.

He could've recognized that something was up when Lee Sedol cut here.

But, unfortunately, Lee Changho couldn't see Lee Sedol's aim at all.

As a result, the flow of the game changed in an instant.

It's unbelievable that a player like Lee Changho can make such a mistake.

Let's see the rest of the moves.

Could you please assess the position for us?

First of all, black lost so many points in the previous battle.

Although Lee Sedol was ahead, he played a very severe move here.

However, it was fair enough.

There were several ko threats at the top.

White could even exploit his dead stones!

In addition, white's position had been solid throughout the game.

In the middle game, Lee Sedol became overconfident in the ko, so he failed.

It was almost irrecoverable, but he overcame and harassed Lee Changho with another ko.

In general, Lee Changho doesn't allow his opponents to reverse a game.

So seeing this scene unfold was shocking for us.

Because he made the same kind of mistake that other pros sometimes did.

He'd have felt disheartened after that.

Even if Lee Sedol lost this game, he'd still have one more chance in the final.

However, even if Lee Changho won this game, the final would still be unpredictable.

Previously, he won three games in a row, after losing the first two games against Lee Sedol.

Anyway, this game was crucial for Lee Changho.

But he made a big mistake in the middle game.

White's ko threats were running out.

However, if white won the ko, black's group would be in grave danger.

Did black a have good ko threat now?

I suppose Lee Sedol would have counted the ko threats before starting the ko.

Yes, he'd have thought about that.

If he wasn't confident about the ko fight, he wouldn't start it.

That push was another threat.

If white connects, black will be separated into two groups.

This ko threat looks a bit ambiguous.

Lee Sedol captured the corner immediately.

Black gained about 20 points on the right side.

However, white captured black's group, removing several points.

I think the trade was profitable for white.

294 Moves, white (Lee Sedol 3p - at the time) wins by 7.5 points.

Q. How would you define an exquisite game?

I think it should be accessible to players of all levels, including beginners.

If everyone can enjoy and become interested in a game, then it's exquisite.

I'm glad to introduce this exquisite game to all of you.

I hope you'll share this game with your friends!

This game would be appealing to this youngster.

It was very complicated, but fascinating.

And he's a fan of Lee Sedol.

The dramatic reversal would have made it more memorable for our guest.

It's easy to think that Lee Changho's attempt to make a ko on the left was excellent.

It was indeed, but Lee Sedol dealt with it well.

By the way, this game was very meaningful to the Korean Baduk community.

Through this game, the Korean Baduk community created a new hero, Lee Sedol.

It makes this game even more special.

This brings us to the end of our series about 'dramatic reversals'!

Next time, we'll be back with a new theme 'miraculous tesuji'!

Tesuji are fascinating. I hope that you'll enjoy our next series!

Thank you!

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