Chen Yaoye wins 15th China Korea Tengen

On August 31, 2011, Chen Yaoye 9p claimed his second China Korea Tengen title.

Chen Yaoye (9 dan) of China.

The China Korea Tengen, also known as the Dongli Cup, pits the Chinese Tianyuan title holder against the current Korean Chunwon. Chen defeated Korea’s Choi Cheolhan 9p, 2 games to 0.

Chen Yaoye (left) plays Choi Cheolhan (9 dan) in the 15th China Korea Tengen.

Victory is sweet

This victory is extra sweet for Chen, who first won the title in 2009 by defeating Kang Dongyun 9p and then lost it last year to Park Junghwan (8p at the time, now 9p).

Choi Cheolhan (9 dan) of Korea.

A friendly rivalry

After 15 years of the tournament, China and Korea still share a fierce but friendly rivalry and the record now stands at 8-7 in China’s favour.

The win will surely boost Chen’s confidence as he plays in the round of 16 of the 16th Samsung Cup in October 2011.

Game record: Chen Yaoye vs Choi Cheolhan


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Game record: Choi Cheolhan vs Chen Yaoye


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  1. Game 1 bears a remarkable resemblance with a 2008 game between Park Younghoon and Lee Sedol. I provided some (necessarily shallow) analysis at

    Thanks a lot for the report and the games.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks for sharing your analysis Dieter.

      I don’t really like moves 7 or 14 & 16 in this opening, because I feel they are played in an area of lower potential (I would approach the top left corner at 7). I’ll have to think about these moves more and try to understand what the players are thinking. One time I asked Younggil about a similar scenario and he said, that’s true, but they want to start a fight… 🙂 I wonder if that’s also black’s intention here?

      The new variation feels a bit better for white than the Lee Sedol – Park Younghun game result to me. What do you think?

      Seeing your comments on Sensei’s, I thought I’d mention that if you scroll to the very bottom of the page you’ll see the information and a link for our Creative Commons license. It basically says that if you want to reuse or add to our content you can, as long as you credit us with a link, keep the Commons license and don’t use it for commercial purposes. So Sensei’s library is, of course, no problem.

      By the way, do you use Quarry to make the diagrams for SL? It has a useful function to export a board position, which saves time.

  2. At move 170, why did white move to G19?

    • David Ormerod says:

      I guess you’re talking talking about the first game?

      White’s move at G19 is a ko threat. White wants to play an important move at P10, capturing black’s Q10 stone, but isn’t allowed to because if they both kept capturing each other at P10 and Q10 the game would go on forever.

      Because of that, white has to distract black for one move and then white’s allowed to play at P10. If black ignores white’s move at G19 and saves Q10, white will play H18 and will capture all those black stones at the top.