Go Commentary: Dang Yifei vs Baek Hongseok – 4th BC Card Cup Final – Game 2

This is the second game of the 4th BC Card Cup final between Baek Hongseok 9p and Dang Yifei 4p.

Baek Hongseok (9 dan, left) plays Dang Yifei (4 dan) in game 2 of the 4th BC Card Cup final.

Dang Yifei won the first game.

Baek Hongseok is currently ranked number 8 in Korea. This is his first time in the final of an international tournament.

He won the SK Rookies’ tournament in 2006, but afterwards he only took second place, nine times in a row, in other tournaments.

So this was his 10th time challenging for a major title.

Baek Hongseok.

Baek defeated Niu Yutian in the quarter final and Hu Yaoyu in the semifinal. Baek was losing in both games, but he eventually won.

Dang Yifei’s journey to the finals was even more amazing. He defeated Piao Wenyao in the semifinal and he won the first game of the final as well.

Before that he defeated Park Younghun. As I said in that commentary, Dang also defeated Lee Sedol and Tan Xiao on his way to the finals, which was very impressive.

Dang Yifei.

As this game begins, Dang’s on a 17 game winning streak in international matches, and it’s really amazing. His record last year (2011) was 46 wins and 36 losses. That’s nothing special, but he’s become a totally different player this year.

Baduk TV studios in Seoul, Korea. This is where the matches were played.

Let’s see how these fresh new players go in these final matches.

Commented game record

Dang Yifei vs Baek Hongseok


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


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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. Nice commentary 🙂

    I heard in some commentaries that against white’s gentle move at m10, black should play at m8 instead. Does it work?

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      M8 is a good idea. Then white’d play at N10, B O9, W O10, B P8, and W M9. There could be some other options for black, but it seems as if white can survive anyway. That move(M8) looks better than the actual game though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very instructive comment, thank you very much. Now that I understand the logic of the flow of this game a bit better I like it much more. Given the stark time constraints, these players played an almost flawless game, it makes you wonder whether much more time to think also gives you much more opportunities to make mistakes. By the way, those 1 – 2 choices built into the comment makes the studying of the game so much more interesting and revealing.

    Kind regards,

  3. Thanks for the commentary!

  4. jangalf says:

    Very didactic comments! Thanks a lot…It seems to me that this is one of the most played kind of fuseki nowdays… why we almost never see a fuseki starting at the 5-4 point for example?

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      It’s because 5-4 point is hard to manage compare to 3-4 or 4-4. That’s why we almost never see it.

  5. Thank-you for the review Mr. Younggil. I thought it was a good instructive game to review for fighting shapes and honte.

  6. Great commentary!

  7. DanielTom says:

    Let me just say that, to me, watching these games with An Younggil as the commentator can be even more exciting than watching soccer games. 🙂
    Thanks for all the fantastic reviews!

  8. After reading comments, one can understand why “amateur player didn’t see 90% of the game keypoints”, that’s why after reading clear and no doubtful comments make the game very informative even for me.

  9. Zak Smith says:

    I read your commentary everytime I see it, so I just wanted to say thank you!! Your comments are always very clear and explain the position well. Also, you choose interesting games, and make complicated decisions seem very simple. Thank you for all you do!!!

  10. Redstick says:

    Beautiful. This may be my favorite commentary so far.

    Question: In the future would it be possible to note on which moves the players go into byo-yomi? I think people would be interested to know.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The comments are so clear. Thanks a lot! Waiting for another comented game 🙂

  12. John Doe says:

    Very good commentary (as always). Without comments these games would be way too complicated to follow. Thanks!

  13. bakekoq says:

    Thanks for the review, Mr. An Yeonggil. I’ll try to read this later more deeply so I’ll ask again. btw, the variations are in sgf file,right? T_T”, I still can’t see it..

    • David Ormerod says:

      The variations should be in the file and they are when I download it. Which software are you using? Try MultiGo if you’re using Windows. It can usually open nearly anything. Or try something like CGoban3 (the KGS client) because it will show you a ‘game tree’ so you can easily see when there’s a variation.

      • bakekoq says:

        Thanks for the information, David. I still don’t have any laptop so I can’t see them either. Few days again I’ll buy one. I hope I can be better in go asap for the incoming tournaments. 😀