Go Commentary: Kong Jie vs Na Hyun – 16th Samsung Cup

This game is from the quarter finals of the 16th Samsung Cup in 2011. It’s between Kong Jie 9p and Na Hyun 1p.

Na Hyun (1 dan, left) defeated Kong Jie (9 dan) in the quarter finals of the 16th Samsung Cup.

Kong Jie is regarded as one of the best three in the world, along with Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p.

On the other hand, Na Hyun is young and not yet well known.

Kong Jie’s style of play is just like a textbook on Go. Thick and solid, very good at counting and endgame.

However, he sometimes makes mistakes when he’s in time trouble.

Na Hyun became a pro last year, but he already beat Sakai Hideyuki 8p and Peng Liyao 5p before this game.

I hope you enjoy this game.

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Kong Jie vs Na Hyun


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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. Great work as usual, thank you Mr. An Youggil!

  2. Thank you very much Mr. Younggil for this commentary and it’s good to know who is the best in endgame today but lee chang ho is still good ???

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, Lee Changho is still good, but as you might know his endgame was absolutely fantastic when he was invincible.

  3. Thanks for the review, Mr Younggil. I really enjoyed it and wait for the next one.

  4. Hi, An, thanks a lot too for all of this hard work you have been doing for us, remote and western players that will never fly over these heights, however you make us believe such thing it’s possible, can you imagine that?… By the way, I apologize very much to you for my rude, insensible and exaggerated complains about your comments over the Kim Jiseok-Gu Li game of past April 3 (and sorry too, JING), me, a weak KGS 9k shocked at the atonishing level of play of Wbaduk 18k fighters, my God!!! Well, It’s a fact I had been downloaded all of your sgf commented games to my PC, for these days internet is out, you know, but that is not possible now, only the writing and “heartbreaking” version, why? Is it so on purpose or only a technical failure, maybe…?

  5. Thank you so much for your commentary on these professional games! I love coming here and replaying these games while reading your commentary and learning more and more about Go. Keep up the amazing work!

  6. Hao Sun says:

    Hi can someone explain white 264 and black 265?


    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Good question!
      Black doesn’t need to play there right now, but at the end, black needs to reinforce one more move. Otherwise, white can play at T7, B S8, W S5, and it’d be seki.

  7. Move 254 surprised me. I guess Na Hyun knew he’d won, but isn’t N1 a point better? Or is it the same with chinese counting (I’m not too familiar with it)?

    • Younggil An says:

      You’re right. N1 should be better for White 254.

      This game was played under Japanese rules, and it’s strange that Na didn’t throw in at N1.

  8. Hey,
    Isn’t the variation at the 16th move W Q5 actually regarded as better for B? If I play black and choose the low chinese opening, I would love to see this happen as B.