Baduk TV English: Perception of Meijin – Episode 6 – Another Wall: Cho Chikun

Perception of Meijin is a Baduk TV series where Seo Bongsu 9p analyzes the games of past and present masters, offering insights based on his unique perspective of Go.

Episode 6 is titled ‘Another Wall: Cho Chikun’ and looks at game 3 from the 2nd Ing Cup semifinal, played on November 27, 1992. Cho Chikun plays black and Seo Bongsu plays white.

Seo Bongsu isn’t as well known (outside Korea) as some of his contemporaries are, but he’s an honorary Myeongin (Korean Meijin) because of his past dominance of that title and many players are fans of his practical and creative fighting style.

Seo is joined by veteran Go journalist Park Chimoon 7d throughout the series.

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Translated by Oh Chimin 7d

Edited by David Ormerod 5d

Episode 6: Another Wall - Cho Chikun

Every game in this series is reviewed based on the perception of Meijin Seo.

Today we're going to look at the greatest moment of Seo's Go career.

This is the story of Seo's victory at the 2nd Ing Cup (1992-1993).

Hello Master Seo.

Hi.

I imagine you have a lot to say about the Ing Cup?

That victory was the happiest moment in my life.

In the semifinal, you faced an opponent whom you evaluate very highly.

Cho Chikun 9p was one of the strongest players in the Go world at the time.

How did you feel about playing against him?

I thought he was indomitable.

When I was younger, he was regarded as a God of Go.

Before this game, I'd lost to him once or twice.

And I hadn't had a single change to defeat him at the time.

So I wasn't very confident before the game.

Nevertheless, you overcame him with your resilience.

Let's see the pairings and interviews from the 2nd Ing Cup.

This is the tournament bracket from the 2nd Ing Cup.

The prize money for the winner was $400,000 USD.

And this championship is only held every four years.

Luckily for Seo, no Chinese players participated in the tournament this year.

Because of that, it was a bit easier to advance through the draw.

Let's look at the left side of the bracket first. Both Cho Chikun and Seo Bongsu played in that group.

Cho Chikun defeated Yu Changhyeok 9p, and Cho Hunhyun 9p lost to Awaji Shuzo 9p from Japan.

So Cho Hunhyun was unexpectedly eliminated in the round of 16.

After that, Cho Chikun made through to the semifinal, defeating Awaji.

On the other hand, Seo defeated Fujisawa Shuko 9p in the round of 16.

It's well known that Fujisawa was one of Cho Hunhyun's teachers.

In the quarter final, Seo defeated the famous Takemiya Masaki 9p.

Without a doubt, both of his opponents were world class players.

Finally, Seo ran into Cho Chikun in the semifinal.

On the right side, we can see some interesting results.

First of all, Lee Changho 9p lost to Rui Naiwei 9p.

It was an unexpected result.

At that time, Rui was living in Japan.

And her husband, Jiang Zhujiu 9p, was living in the USA.

Just before this tournament, the two players got married.

It was said that the ceremony was very solemn.

That was because they couldn't play in China, so they were wandering around looking for a place to play.

This championship was a very good and rare opportunity for them to play games.

However, Jiang was eliminated by Yang Jaeho 9p in the round of 16.

After defeating Lee Changho, Rui defeated Yang, who'd eliminated her husband in the previous game.

As a result, she progressed to the semifinal.

Even though she lost to Otake Hideo 9p, 1-2 in the semifinal, she set a new record for a woman in an international tournament.

Her record still stands to this day.

Here are Seo's comments on his semifinal match.

"In the endgame of game 2, Cho Chikun looked like he was in pain."

"His sigh was immense, like the groan of a wild animal."

"His spirit was fitting for a top player of that era."

I heard you had bloody stool after the game, is that true?

Yes I did it.

At the bottom is my comment about the match. It's from a book that I [Mr Park] published.

"On the day before game 3 of the semifinal, Seo couldn't bear his sickness."

"Even though Seo was lucky and won the game 2, his anxiety became more intense as the series drew even."

"Deep inside, a desire to be the world's top player, and a fear of Cho Chikun came to Seo at the same time".

"He was in pain for the whole night, and arrived at venue for the game with great anxiety."

"And, on that day, Seo created a masterpiece which he will never forget for as long as he lives."

"He failed several times, but struggled and finally climbed the wall in front of him."

"His unique tenacity is one of his most attractive traits."

Do you think my description was exaggerated?

Anyway, the tournament was held in Taiwan.

Don't you remember?

No, it was a long time ago.

Was it in Taiwan?

Yes, it was.

I suppose you must have dedicated all your concentration to the games.

I heard many times that you had a terrible stomach ache at the time.

In fact, when I was young, I often suffered from stomach aches.

I also had a back ache.

It seems that your health wasn't good at the time.

However, your pain at the time was more about your desire and fear for that match.

Yes, I was stressed out, so I couldn't eat very well.

Let's have a look at the final game from the semifinal.

Cho Chikun played black, Seo Bongsu played white.

Black played at the 3-4 point.

In the 90s, the Mini Chinese Opening was already popular.

After Lee Changho's emergence, this knight's move became very popular too.

But in this game, the one space jump was played.

Many players prefer the knight's move these days.

Black spread out with a double wing formation, which is reminiscent of cosmic style.

Cho split at the bottom.

Up to here, the progression was very peaceful.

Do you think this was a good move?

Yes, it was.

Black could also enclose the corner like this.

But, Cho wanted to develop his moyo on a larger scale.

However, white could easily reduce the moyo with this move.

I think modern players would choose this enclosure.

What if black pincers like this?

Then white can attach here or here.

In response to the hane, this crosscut is a tesuji.

Black has to atari now.

Black ataris again, then connects.

However, white can easily settle down in the corner.

This stone looks a bit awkward now.

I'm not sure if it's placed at the right point.

This invasion is a useful technique to remember.

Inevitably, black defended here.

White slid on the second line, which is normal in this sort of situation.

Black attached here.

But first, he exchanged these moves.

This exchange looks unprofitable, but Cho was aiming at white's top left group.

In terms of territory, that exchange wasn't good.

But Cho was determined to attack this group.

How about this combination? Wasn't it what we call a 'beginner's attachment'?

What do you think?

Well, normally this move isn't played.

But I think it was a practical move in this case.

We often see such moves in Cho's games.

He doesn't care much about shape.

Many players would worry about letting white atari here.

Because of that, this attachment isn't normally played.

However, this move drew both players into a complicated battle.

Couldn't black shut white in by jumping here?

Yes, that's true.

Then why didn't Cho play like this?

White would play here.

After that, this counter-atari is a good move.

If he wants to capture white, black needs to kosumi here.

But this push is sente, so black has to defend here.

Since this atari is sente, black can't block like this.

If white cuts here, black's in big trouble.

Or, white can even play to live on the inside, by attaching here.

Pushing here is also possible.

Because of that, Cho chose to capture this stone first.

But black's shape doesn't look very nice.

It was the right time to peep here now. Otherwise, black will peep here first.

Later on, this peep won't work. Because black will block at 3-3.

Missing the right time to play a move often results in a big loss.

After that exchange, white pushed here, and black chased white's group.

The tide of the game depended on how well white would managed his group.

In fact, living with two eyes was no big deal.

However, it wouldn't be enough. White had to get out into the center instead.

Around here, I felt your moves were practical on the one hand, and unrefined on the other.

White's moves here were interesting.

This counter-atari isn't good, is it?

No, black will lose too many points on the left.

After white captures, black has no proper response.

It is indeed hard to answer now.

After this atari, white can connect here.

Or he can even start a ko.

If white comes out, black's in trouble.

If black blocks, white will cut and then play at 3-3.

Then black's group dies.

It's a one way street.

At this point, Cho didn't block here, but fell back instead.

How about this move?

If white pushes here, black will end up with many weaknesses.

Perhaps that move, or this kosumi, would be more powerful.

Black had two other options.

However, white will atari first, then hane. The aji is quite bad for black here.

It doesn't look nice for black.

There are too many cutting points.

Black's shape looks vulnerable.

To prevent white from coming out here, black has to hane.

In response to white's hane, black has to extend.

Then this atari is very painful for black.

This dumpling shape looks too bad.

After that, white can escape.

This variation isn't good enough for black.

Anyway, Cho didn't block like that.

Instead, black connected and white broke through here.

Therefore, black's attack here was a failure.

In this situation, this atari is very pleasant for white.

And there was still some aji in the corner.

In the game, I cut here immediately.

What was your intention? What did you expect to gain from the cut?

Black hopes white will atari here.

In that case, white can rescue his three stones in sente.

Black can't push, because he's short of liberties. So he needs to capture this white stone instead.

Then this atari is sente, so white can live easily.

There's still aji in the corner, and white's successfully erased black's moyo.

And if white moves these stones out, black's center group will be in trouble.

It isn't good for black. So that's why you cut there.

However, that was only what you wished for.

Yes, I should've blocked here instead.

If black descends here, white can block again.

If black tries to connect, cutting here is sente.

After black connects here, this atari is a nice move.

If white cuts here, black's in trouble.

It's a disaster for black.

Of course, Cho wouldn't answer like that.

So it was important to ask black how he'd respond in the corner first.

In the game, white cut here instead.

Cho played here. I didn't expect it, and this move was very powerful.

You played at 3-3. In response, black extended here.

After black connected, there was no cutting point here anymore.

So the previous exchange was terrible.

If not for that exchange, I could've played here in sente.

Yes, because of his weakness, black would have had to defend.

After that, white can easily manage the center group.

So cutting here was a badly timed move.

White's stones at the top weren't as important as the other two groups.

White couldn't leave the corner, since he'd already invested several moves there.

Was that group completely alive?

No, if black attaches here, it's a ko.

This group couldn't live unconditionally.

In addition, the center group became very weak. So it was a failure for white.

Locally speaking, this move was a bad exchange.

If black doesn't intend to try to capture the white group, he should just play here.

But Cho peeped here. Maybe he expected white to jump out like this.

After that, black can push and cut.

However, white peeped, and then answered here.

Because of the bad exchange, black now had to gain more from the attack.

Black chased white in style.

It seems like black couldn't capture this group.

So he fell back with this atari.

In terms of fighting spirit, black should've extended here.

I think he was a bit afraid of this move.

If black jumps here, this wedge is a tesuji.

After black extends, white will push either way.

But I think this variation is better for black.

Black has some forcing moves here.

It looks like white's been chased into a bad shape.

"A rich man should not pick quarrels." This proverb applies to black in this situation.

Cho's style of play is extremely intense, but he couldn't extend here.

I think players are often affected by psychology in important games.

In a normal game, Cho would play there confidently.

This game was a lot more important than others.

I think white was relieved when he could play this hane.

It seems Cho had prepared a move here.

That's why he patiently fell back.

This counter-hane was a strong move.

I couldn't play passively here.

White couldn't cut here. If black plays here, there's no proper answer.

White has to come back here, and it doesn't seem very nice.

So you ataried here.

How about connecting like this?

Then white connects here. Black's left side will become vulnerable.

In addition, the bottom is very thin.

If black kosumis, this knight's move hits the vital point.

Black has to respond, but white will counter-attack like this.

Moreover, white can get out into the center easily.

There are too many weaknesses for black. It's no good.

Nevertheless, there was another reason why Cho played there.

He aimed to cut with this move.

When I was watching the game, I thought you had a move which could rescue this dragon.

But in the actual game, this group died, didn't it?

Yes, I couldn't save this group.

I was very surprised. Was the ponnuki that big?

Making a ponnuki is always pleasurable. I enjoyed that moment.

But how many points is the dragon worth?

Approximately 40 points.

How could you possibly give up such a large group?

I could give up 50 points for the ponnuki!

According to a Go proverb, a ponnuki is worth 30 points.

But there were black stones at the bottom. Was the ponnuki still big?

Yes, after the ponnuki, white could attack that black group.

And that means white had more potential on the right side.

Despite losing that group, I felt happy.

This was the first highlight of the game.

It was a very tough decision to abandon that group.

In exchange, all you gained was this ponnuki.

The group you gave up wasn't even small. It was worth about 40 points!

How would Cho have felt about the result? Do you think he was satisfied?

Well, I can't read his mind.

I've spoken with with Cho many times in the past.

Here's one thing people are curious about.

After his success in Japan, Cho visited Korea in 1980.

He became the Japanese Meijin, and was awarded a medal by the Korean government.

At that time, Cho stayed in the Lotte Hotel in Seoul.

I heard you visited Cho. Is that true?

No, I didn't.

From what I heard, you came to him with several questions you'd hand drawn on a kifu.

I don't remember that.

True or not, I was impressed by your attitude.

As an older professional player, you visited him to resolve your questions.

You even created a kifu to do so. Did that mean you regarded Cho as the stronger player?

Yes.

When I heard about your modest behavior,

It seemed to indicate there was a difference in strength between you.

What do you think?

To be honest, I like asking people questions.

I'm generally a curious person, I think.

Considering this, visiting Cho with questions wasn't strange.

Well, maybe I visited Cho at that time. It's quite possible.

I can't remember clearly though.

I clearly remember that I asked him something in Japan.

What was that?

I asked him about a joseki, because I was unfamiliar with it.

After that, Cho sent me a Japanese joseki dictionary as a gift!

You two became very close. I heard you guys drank together a number of times.

Cho doesn't have many friends, but he became good friends with you.

It's surprising that Cho drinks a lot.

I saw you two drinking and thought, "those two weirdos have a lot in common!"

What do you think? Am I right?

Hahaha. Maybe so.

Anyway, it was a tough decision to give up the dragon in such a crucial game.

I was very impressed by your choice. Let's see continue.

Since you traded your group for a ponnuki, you needed to seek compensation elsewhere.

This was the moment to take profit.

In the game, I haned here, but this could've become the losing move.

I should've extended.

Then black has to push here.

After that, this kosumi is a good followup.

Despite a little aji in the corner, white's moyo looks quite big.

If white plays here, black will have to spend some moves inside his territory (capturing stones), later.

If white can complete this area, the game will be better for white.

So the ponnuki would've been a successful choice.

But this hane ruined everything.

White couldn't manage this area as in the previous variation.

So white jumped here, threatening the lower right black group.

Cho ataried and captured a white stone.

Unlike the previous variation, white couldn't cut black.

In addition, black got more points on the left.

After black descended here, this group became safe.

Was this group alive now?

Yes, it was.

Even if it wasn't literally alive, it was alive in any practical sense.

If white plays a stone around here, then black might need to defend.

But it was impossible for white to attack the group immediately.

Instead, white enlarged his moyo on the right side.

What if white completes this whole area?

Then it's even.

How many points would white get? 50 points?

At maximum, white can make just over 60 points.

Cho captured this white stone.

If white connects there, it could become complicated, so Cho nipped it in the bud.

After that, you slid here.

So, if white develops this area effectively, he can make more than 50 points, right?

Yes, he can.

How do you assess white's territory here?

If black invades at 3-3, I think it'll be less than 20 points.

Then how many points did black have at this point?

Including the prisoners, black had more than 55 points.

In addition, he had 15 points in this area.

This territory is as big as the komi.

In addition, black can make a ko in the top left corner.

The game was reaching a crucial stage.

I guess black was slightly ahead. Is that right?

You made a mistake on the left side.

Yes, and the right side wasn't clearly my territory.

If white completes that area without any problems, then it's even.

However, that wasn't going to be easy.

Let's continue after the break.

Looking back, Cho Chikun was the first Korean player to achieve international fame.

Later on, Cho Hunhyun 9p, you, and Lee Changho 9p followed him.

As time passed, talented players like Fujisawa Shuko 9p emerged and vanished.

Cho Chikun was the strongest player in Japan.

However, people say he isn't the most talented player. Do you agree?

Is that question hard to answer?

I felt something when I played games with Cho.

I realized that his strength was developed through great effort.

And I think that kind of endeavor can't be underestimated.

There are two types of geniuses. One is created through hard work, and the other by talent.

And you think Cho ranks among the former group.

Cho's strong points are his boldness and his sense of play.

His moves are based on his instinct.

His nickname is the 'Explosives Artist'. It sounds horrific.

In a way, he's similar to Lee Sedol 9p.

However, there were several surprising moves at this point in the game.

Cho invaded here to destroy white's moyo.

After that, he suddenly attached here.

What do you think about this? Couldn't black rescue these two stones?

I don't think white can capture them.

Let's see. How would you respond if black played here?

In that case, white can attach here.

That's brilliant!

If black cuts white's stone off, this attachment is a great tesuji combination.

Black can't hane because of this wedge.

Black has to capture this stone, but then white will extend. It isn't good for black.

I don't think this group can survive.

If white turns here, it will die.

If black extends, white can simply kosumi.

Was black in trouble then?

No, black can still attach here now, like he did in the game.

Indeed, I think it's hard for white to attack the whole group now.

How about this extension? It looks more normal.

Then I think white should play here.

After black blocks, white has to reduce black's eye space.

Then black will jump here. That move will be painful for white.

What do you think the probability of black's group living is?

Clearly, it easier to save the group than it is to capture it.

What do you think? A 60% or 70% chance of life?

The safety of this black group is still a burden.

If not for this, the right side group would be practically alive.

As his nickname implies, invading like this is Cho's specialty, isn't it?

However, I can't understand why the 'Explosives Artist' fell back at this point.

As I said, any player can become indecisive when faced with such a crucial game.

Let's see the actual progression from the game.

I've often seen this kind of cutting move. But Cho pushed here.

I think I would have found this move more troublesome.

If white ataris, black can counter-atari, reducing white's territory.

Or, this severe move is also conceivable.

Then this battle will determine the winner of the game.

It looks more dangerous than the previous variation for black.

If black plays a knight's move, white has to hane and start a ko.

White had some big ko threats here.

There were a few more in the center. It's risky for black.

I doubt that even Cho would seriously contemplate this variation.

Before attaching, I think black should've extended here first.

I think that the attachment was badly timed.

At this point, Cho pushed here.

What do you think of this move?

I guess that Cho was optimistic about his position.

He gained many points during the battle on the left side.

Even after capturing white's dragon, black gained more points on the left.

So Cho probably thought he was ahead at this stage.

After white connected here, these two stones died.

In exchange, black pushed and cut, isolating white's single stone.

But black didn't have time to completely capture this stone, did he?

White secured so many points on the right side. Who was ahead now?

I didn't think that white was behind anymore at this point.

Where were the big points on the board?

First of all, black still needs to play here, to capture white's stones.

However, Cho attached in the top right, in the game.

And playing in the bottom left was also huge.

And finally, capturing white's stone in the center. These three moves were very big.

This attachment was Cho's choice.

It was his next move after he gave up his stones on the right.

How about capturing this stone with a hane?

This move?

Yes.

Do you think white's ok after that?

Hmm, I'd need to take some time for a thorough positional judgment.

But, above all, this move works well for white.

Before that, white exchanged another move.

I kosumied here in sente.

After that, white captured black's stone.

I wasn't sure whether this group was alive or not. However, a surprising move was played.

The reading around here was more complicated than I thought.

Don't you think so?

Yes.

Extending here was Cho's choice. It was a very severe move.

If the group were to die, black would win the game.

I think at this point, Cho was pessimistic about the game.

What about this attachment? Was it played with the intention of extending here?

Do you think Cho was confident about this progression?

In fact, it was an overplay.

The easiest move white can play here is to capture these two stones.

Or how about pushing here? Or maybe this move?

Then black has to extend, because it's a vital point.

What if black ataris?

Then white will hane here.

Because of this cutting point, black can't fight.

Instead, he needs to connect here.

After that, white plays a tiger's mouth. He can also make a ko at anytime.

Black has to connect and white can connect with this kosumi next.

This white group is almost alive.

And if white extends here, black doesn't have many liberties.

This battle was so complicated.

When black extended, how about this move?

This wedge is the only move for black.

If white simply ataris here, the group will die.

White's dead now.

The komi in the Ing Cup is 8 points [effectively 7.5 points], and it has special rules about thinking time.

Is it 3 hours for each player, or 3.5 hours?

[Ed: It's 3.5 hours.]

If you use all your time, you have to pay a 3 point penalty to buy more.

Did that rule already exist at the time?

Yes.

Players can extend their time by 30 mins twice, at a cost of 3 points each time.

Cho was under time pressure at this point.

Cho usually goes into the byo-yomi after 100 moves or so, and continues to play until the end.

However, there was no byo-yomi system in the Ing Cup. So he had to play quickly at some point.

I don't think this time system fits well with Cho's style.

It might've affected him to some extent.

That's why he fell back earlier. I think it makes sense.

White couldn't live with this move, so you pushed once again.

Did you read this situation out completely?

No, I relied on my instinct.

Black ataried here.

I thought white was in a dire situation.

In my opinion, this was an exquisite move.

What if black simply isolates the top group?

Then white ataris and pushes here. White's dragon will be reincarnated.

Black can't cut here, because of this atari.

In addition, white can still start a ko for life by playing here.

And this hane is also a strong aim for white.

After this tiger's mouth, cutting here is severe, then black's in danger.

There was lots of aji here!

So I think black was already in trouble.

I'm wondering how you'd feel about playing such a great move at such a crucial moment.

As you said earlier, you were feeling the pressure before this match.

You must've tried your best to win this game.

And you found this move at such a critical moment.

I was just lucky.

Success is luck, and failure is a fault.

Anyway, that's fair enough.

Do you still remember how you felt when playing this move?

I was too excited to remember my feelings at this exact moment.

So I have no idea.

Let's talk about Cho Chikun. His emotions change very often, don't they?

He sometimes cries.

He's quite emotional and intense. He sometimes slaps his face very hard during games.

Previously, Cho lost to Nie Weiping 9p from China.

As far as I know, Cho Chikun and Cho Hunhyun 9p aren't very close.

But, after losing to Nie, he cried right next to Cho Hunhyun.

Isn't Cho also a heavy drinker?

I heard that Cho Chikun sometimes considered suicide after losing important matches.

In my opinion, Cho Chikun is the only player who plays for his life.

In light of this, drinking became his habit.

I heard he cried incessantly on the way home.

Is it possible to do so at that age?

For him, it'd be very hard to overcome the pain of a loss.

Do you also cry after losing a game?

Never, but as my desire for a win is very strong, I often felt stressed out after losing games.

I heard that Lee Changho also cried after losing games.

That reminds me of his match against Rui Naiwei 9p.

After losing the match, Lee cried because he lost to a woman.

He regarded his defeat as shameful.

Yes, I think so.

Back then, losing against a woman was unimaginable.

It's become more common recently though.

Cho Chikun, Rui Naiwei, Otake Hideo, and Fujisawa Shuko - they were the players who dominated that era.

And all of them played in the Ing Cup at the time.

But they're old now, and Fujisawa passed away.

Otake became the President of the Japanese Go Association.

He retired a few years ago, and he's playing professionally again now.

Oh, he retired from the role of President?

Yes, he did.

I didn't know that.

Rui lived in Korea for a while, and recently she returned to China.

Many things have changed.

Along with the ponnuki, this move is another highlight of the game.

It was the winning move.

Black had to answer here.

I haned here first.

The white group was practically alive now, right?

Yes, it was.

Wouldn't this tiger's mouth would be good enough?

Yes it would.

Black has to exchange this move to protect his cutting points.

After that, white can connect by extending here.

And black will break through here in exchange.

You chose this move instead.

If black tenukis, this atari is a forcing move.

Cho played here anyway.

After this, white's group was completely alive.

Wasn't it good enough for black to capture the corner by descending here?

Yes, the game would be still complicated in that case.

How about the corner then?

At a minimum, white can make a ko.

After black wedges, can white extend here?

This tiger's mouth is simpler. It's a ko.

After black ataris here, white even has time to connect.

However, if black loses the ko, his whole group will die.

That means black can only use local ko threats.

You're right. Black didn't have many threats.

This is nearly a hanami ko for white (a ko which one has nothing to lose).

There are many ko threats in the bottom left, and here's a ko threat factory.

Because of that, Cho couldn't descend here.

Instead, he chose this move.

I thought that rescuing one stone would be enough, but you tried to save both of them.

Black still couldn't play here.

If white pushes and blocks here, it's a ko again.

After this exchange, black has to start the ko with this atari.

As we saw, black doesn't have enough ko threats.

Inevitably, Cho had to fall back like this.

Descending here would be too greedy, right?

Yes, that's too much.

Black will hane and capture the corner.

Black finally lived in the corner.

After white blocked, Cho lived by playing here.

But first, Cho exchanged a move here.

Cho looked after his group.

The game had been going for quite a while now.

I thought that you were ahead by quite a bit at this point,

But you won by five points, which was closer than I thought.

It means that Cho had three more points on the board.

By winning this game, you finally made it through to the final.

A lot of time has passed since then, but congratulations!

Thanks a lot.

This was the toughest game of Seo Bongsu's Go career.

It was an unforgettable match for him.

Seo came up against Cho Chikun, whom he admired greatly as a stronger player.

Even though Seo lost game 1 of the match, he advanced to the final by winning the two remaining games.

Thank you!

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