Youngest female title holder
At only 15 years of age, Choi also became the youngest female title holder in Korea.
Choi’s rise as a professional Go player has been remarkable.
She turned pro in mid 2010 and only a mere 18 months later, claimed her first major female title.
Taking down the big guns
En route to the final, Choi defeated Park Jieun 9p and Cho Hyeyeon 9p. Last year, she also reached the final of 5th Women’s Kisung (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Kisei, but was defeated by the legendary Rui Naiwei 9p.
A wicked sense of humor…
Choi has a wicked sense of humor. In an interview after her win she expressed her disappointment that she wasn’t able to play Rui (who recently returned to China) in this year’s Myeongin tournament.
She then cheekily suggested that perhaps Rui wanted to avoid playing her and therefore ‘ran away’!
Choi also said that a typical day for her involves 12 hours of studying Go at an insei school, where she still lives and trains.
Choi’s goal for 2012 is to get selected by a team and play in the Korean Baduk League. With her recent impressive performance, she is surely not far away from achieving her goal and is definitely an exciting prospect for Go in Korea.
Game records: 13th Female Myeongin final
Choi Jung vs Kim Miri – Game 1
Kim Miri vs Choi Jung – Game 2