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

This is the 4th and last game from the final of the 4th BC Card Cup. It’s between Baek Hongseok 9p and Dang Yifei 4p.

Dang Yifei (4 dan, left) and Baek Hongseok (9 dan) at the 4th BC Card Cup presentation ceremony.

The final so far

Dang won the first game, but Baek won the second and the third games. At this point, Baek is leading the series 2-1.

Emotions are important too

Dang was upset after finishing game three. He was in a good mood in the middle game, but he made some simple mistakes in the endgame, and lost the game.

He seemed to be having trouble controlling his emotions, so he might need to learn to be more patient and calm to win important games like these.

Baek Hongseok was in good form

Baek is in very good form at the moment (going into this game), especially after winning the second game.

Let’s have a look at the game…

Commented game record

Dang Yifei vs Baek Hongseok


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


Baek Hongseok’s first major title

This was Baek’s first major title in his entire life. Congratulations Baek!

Unfortunately, Baek still has to join the army next year. So we won’t see him for two years.

That’s a critical problem for top Korean players like him, but it doesn’t seem easy to solve this situation at present. I’m going to talk briefly about this military service problem for Korean players when I interview Baek in the near future.

Dang Yifei will be back in the future

On the other hand, Dang Yifei missed a really good opportunity to win an international title. However, we should remember that Dang is still only a 17 year old boy, who made it all the way to the finals! We will see his face more often in future international tournaments.

I hope you can get a better feeling for this game and enjoy it more with this commentary.

Baek Hongseok and his teacher

Baek Hongseok's teacher, Kwon Gapryong 8 dan is on the left. This is a photo of Kwon and Baek together after Baek won the BC Card Cup.

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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. Frédéric says:

    Thank you very much Mr Younggil . It’s a good, very good job.

  2. Your commentary, together with those 1 – 2 choices, makes this the most agreeable and instructive baduk experience I have met: thank you so very much. I almost thought of a new strategy for myself: evaluate two possible moves, make a choice, and take the other one instead… That is why this all is so instructive.

    Kind regards,

  3. Thank you for the nice commentary as always!

    After Dang won the first game, I thought it is highly likely that he will claim the champion, but I think due to lack of experience he lost the 2nd game and from then on he started to lose his momentum and couldn’t get it back. It was really sad for him.

    One thing I was wondering when watching this game was, when black played peep at P8, why didn’t white respond at R10 instead? Isn’t it better in terms of territory?

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Yes, you’re right. Answering at R10 is a good idea. I reckon Baek thought the game was better for white, so he wanted to play solidly.

  4. I like the wonderful picture of his proud teacher, so cool.

  5. Redstick says:

    These commentaries just keep getting better. Also, I like how the last 3 featured Dang Yifei. I hadn’t heard of him before this tournament but now I have a feel for the sharpness of his style. Very cool. I look forward to the next game.

  6. jangalf says:

    Wonderful comments! I want to make a question to you Mr Younggil… When you say in the middle game “Black is winning by a little”, you just count or there is something else?
    Like always, Thanks to make Baduk a little more understandable to me.

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      As I’ve already known the result of the game, I can count more clearly and easily. It’s actually quite hard to count accurately. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the commentary.

    I have a question: On Move 38; how does white figure out the correct extension?

  8. haha i know his teacher, i also know where they took this picture, we played against there school , the kids are monsters there. Choi Cheolhan went there too i think and they formed a totaly of 32 pros or something

  9. Question says:

    Thank you for the commentary of the game. I was wondering, at move 133 after white’s hane (where there is a miai for black), what would black’s response be to white playing L11? I might not be reading far enough ahead (or have not found the correct response for black), but it seems L11 protects the cut and gives white miai to connect his stones.

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      That’s a good question. If W attaches at L11, B’d peep at M10. W has to connect at M9, then B can play at around H14, and W can’t live or connect. Would you check it?

      • Question says:

        I missed M10. I thought L10 instead of M9 made for some interesting variations (while still trying to save the K13 stones), especially if white plays S10. My reading resulted in white’s N9 stones being cut off but making gote life. The results probably are not nearly as good as what was played, and I probably missed some things when reading. Thank you again for your review and also thank you for answering my question.

  10. Thank you for the commentary of the game. I have a couple of questions. For move 25, how about b play C3?After move51, you showed a variation if white doesn’t answer, in that variatoin, why black answer b rather than d? also can black do G directly rather than play G after E and White answer F? Thanks

  11. Flagellator1974 says:

    Hello Mr. Younggil.
    I would ask something about White44: You said it was a mistake, but what would be the good answer for Black43?
    Thank you.

    • David Ormerod says:

      White should hane underneath at K2 instead – that’s the key point for both players in this situation.