Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Gu Li – 13th Nongshim Cup

This is the 11th game of the 13th Nongshim Cup, between Kim Jiseok 7p of Korea and Gu Li 9p of China.

Kim Jiseok (7 dan, left) reviews the game with Gu Li (9 dan).

The Nongshim Cup is a win and continue tournament between China, Korea and Japan.

When this game was played, it was the final round of this team event and Kim Jiseok had already won three games, defeating Tan Xiao 5p, Yamashita Keigo 9p and Piao Wenyao 9p.

Kim Jiseok in good form

Gu Li is currently ranked number 3 in China, and Kim Jiseok is number 6 in Korea. However, Kim has been winning most of his games recently. He’s in very good form.

Gu Li was supposed to be the captain (and therefore the final player) of the Chinese team for this event, but he played for China before Xie He did. This is because Gu Li has a good record against Kim Jiseok, beating him four times in their four games together to date.

Even though Kim was defeated four times in a row, all the games were very exciting.

Anyway, let’s review the game. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Kim Jiseok vs Gu Li


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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. Thanks for this!

  2. sweetahhh

  3. Thanks a lot for the comments ! Very interesting to read

  4. frédéric says:

    Thank you very much, this is very interresting.

  5. Thanks for the review Mr younggil. Very instructive and exciting! You should write a book with all these reviews!!

  6. DanielTom says:

    Thanks for the game commentary!
    Black’s sequence in the top right corner (moves 119-123) was really impressive to me. It looked like a very hard-to-see answer taken from a tsumego book. It’s a pity that Gu Li misread, though.
    By the way, I liked your suggestion for move 102 (White P16) very much.
    It’s always a pleasure to read your game reviews.

  7. Very nice indeed, thank you.

    If w 22. p9 is so big, why not b 21. p9 instead of h3? If then w 22. k3, then b 23. k5 or maybe k4, building a huge potential territory at the right side. If not w 22. k3, then this area is not urgent, so b 21. h3 is big, but not urgent too. Or is this whole alternative to b 21. h3 only about equal to the game, or even worse?

    Kind regards,

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Good question, Paul.
      B could think about to play at P9 instead of B 21, but then W’d go at K4. That spot is very important for both, so actually lower side is more valuable than P9 after W 20.
      If W plays on the top or left side after B 21, then B can happily jump at P9.

      If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me. 🙂

  8. bakekoq says:

    wowh. nice explaining. It’s good for my improvement to see great comments for pro game. Thanks a lot..

  9. Very nice, Thank you ^^

  10. At move 73, instead of playing at K10, why can’t Black play at K13?

  11. Younggil An says:

    That’s a good question Nick.

    If Black plays at K13, White will extend at L14, and it’s hard for Black to fight properly in this area, because there’re more of White’s stones.