This is game 6 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango.
There was a two month break between games 5 and 6, because of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Chinese people like football as much as Go, so the sponsor decided not to schedule a game in June.
Because Gu lost a ‘won’ game in game 5, he must have been under great pressure from the Chinese media and fans.
We saw earlier that Lee didn’t play very well in game 4, which was played in Lee’s home town in Korea.
The weight of expectations from the Korean media and fans put Lee under significant pressure, because they all expected Lee to win the game for sure.
Game 4 wasn’t typical of Lee’s style and he lost the game relatively easily.
This game was more important for Gu, because winning it would tie the series at 3-3. However, it would have been hard for Gu to focus only on the game because of the external pressure. I think that could have made him nervous and distracted.
Anyway, let’s have a look at game 6 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango.
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The rules of the game
The time limit for these games is 3 hours and 55 minutes, with 1 minute x 5 times byo-yomi. It’s traditional to subtract 5 minutes from the 4 hour total, because of the 5 x 1 minute periods. There’s no lunch break scheduled for these games, but food is provided and the players are free to get up and eat whenever they want, throughout the game. Let’s have a look at the game 5 of the 10 game match between Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p.
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Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Game 6