Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – 3rd BC Card Cup Game 4

This is a commentary of the fourth game from the finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup, between Gu Li 9p and Lee Sedol 9p.

From left: Lee Sedol, Rui Naiwei, Jujo Jiang, Gu Li (all 9 dan) review the game

A fight began at move 20, and the fighting never stopped until almost the end of the game. Both players are infighters, and games between them are always interesting and full of excitement and tension.

After Gu Li 9p won this game, the score was tied at 2-2, with one game left. Lee Sedol won the fifth game and with it, the 3rd BC Card Cup.

This game was very complicated, but not as much as the game between Gu Li and Kim Jiseok 7p which I commented a month ago.

I hope you enjoy this game!

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Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – 3rd BC Card Cup Game 4


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About Younggil An

Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He qualified as a professional in 1997 and won an award for winning 18 consecutive professional matches the following year. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea in 2008, to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now lives in Sydney, Australia, and is one of the founders of Go Game Guru. On Friday evenings, Younggil is usually at the Sydney Go Club, where he gives weekly lessons and plays simultaneous games.

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  1. Adrian Ghioc says:

    Thank you David and @An Young Gil 🙂

  2. Thank you so much GoGameGuru team for all your efforts to make this match more accessible to the fans 😀

  3. thank you for your support to the Go community

  4. DanielTom says:

    Great game commentary, thanks An!

  5. Uberdude says:

    I was intrigued by the comment about the m3 move “This kind of mini Chinese was very popular about ten years ago, but not anymore today.”. I first learnt about it a year or two ago, and it was also new for Fan Hui Chinese 2p in France who played it quite a few times around then in games broadcast on KGS.

    Looking in my GoGoD pro game database other that a lone appearance in a Japanese game in 1984, it sprung onto the scene in 2002 and appeared in 14 games up to 2006. But it was in 2008-2010 where it really took off with over 200 games in that period (mainly Korean and Chinese players, with a few Japanese).

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Thank you for your question. 
      I meant the original mini Chinese. Not this sort of micro Chinese.
      As you might know, my English is not yet good enough, and I’m still learning it. 😀 

      As far as I remember, the original mini Chinese became very popular from 1998, and it has been quite popular afterwards.
      Today, as Chinese opening is so very popular, this mini one is relatively played rarer.

      • Uberdude says:

        I see, thanks for the explanation.

        ‘Micro chinese’ does seem to be a popular name for m3 move, but as it’s kinda new it’s not an established name yet. Maybe in the future we will see n3 being played and call it the ‘nano chinese’ ;-).

  6. Thanks a lot for the comment! I really enjoyed this one. The summup in the end was really nice!

  7. David Ormerod says:

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