Go Commentary: Kim Miri vs Choi Jung – 13th Female Myeongin

This is the second game of the 13th Female Myeongin final, between Kim Miri 2p and Choi Jung 1p.

Choi Jung (left) plays Kim Miri (2 dan) in the final.

Kim Miri

Kim Miri is 20 years old and she became a pro in 2008. In 2011, she joined the 9th Jeongganjang Cup as a member of the Korean team. This is her first time in the final of a major tournament.

Choi Jung

Choi Jung became a pro in 2010. She was in the final of the 5th Female Kisung (Kisei) last year, but was defeated by Rui Naiwei 9p. She’s only 15 years old and this is her second time in a major final.

Go teachers

Kim and I are from the same dojo. Our teacher is Heo Janghoi 9p.

Choi’s teachers are Yu Changhyuk 9p and Choi Kyubyoung 9p. Just before I came to Australia, Choi was an insei, but now she’s become one of the top female players in Korea.

15 year old Choi Jung.

Two fighters

Kim Miri is good at fighting, but she needs to become stronger in other parts of the game.

Choi Jung is also good at fighting, and she’s good at the endgame too. In 2011, she beat eight senior players in a row in 5th GG Auction Cup, and it was very sensational in Korea.

Let’s have a look at the game…

Commented game record

Kim Miri vs Choi Jung


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If you have any questions about the game, please feel free to leave comments below.

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  1. looks like sgf file damaged. variation branches are hidden

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks for letting us know jenj. Younggil asked me to take a look at this and I’ve updated the file. It’s because there are some passes before the variations. It should work better now, but you might need to refresh the page or clear your browser’s cache to see the updated file when viewing it online (otherwise just hit pass and you’ll see the variation).

  2. I don’t see how white could connect in the variation at move 38.
    If white indeed connects at M16 black caps at H12, white H17
    when blacks plays E17 (or E16), I don’t see a way to connect to the right side?
    What am I missing?
    Thanks a lot!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Frederik, there’s lots of aji, so while black could cut white off on both sides it looks to me like it would involve a sacrifice that lets white live anyway.

      If black plays F18, or one of the moves you’ve suggested; W K18, B J18 cuts, but W K17, B J17, W H18 clamps. Even if black insists on cutting (with K19 for example), white just eats the two stones and will be fine.

      So black might try to prevent that sequence by starting with G18. After W K18, it looks like B J18 works now, but… W H18, B L18, W H19 is one way to make miai of connecting to both sides. If black adds a move on the right, W F16 is a tesuji, then E16, E17, G16 and white connects with E18.

      There might be other moves that work too. I’m sure Younggil will add anything that I’ve overlooked here.

  3. bakekoq says:

    what if b’s #197th move at T11. isn’t it make white groups is dead? Or I’m the one who have misscalculation here? Thanks before. 😀

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      W can live on the top. G17 is sente for W, so W can make another eye.

  4. bakekoq says:

    W g17, B f16, so. where’s the next eye for white another than o13? Hmm.. I still confused right now. Thanks for the comments. Sorry, coz I’m still learning go basically.

  5. bakekoq says:

    owh, I see. I only think that b get g18 first and also get t11 at the same time so white doesn’t have enough space for making eye. I have just realized it right now.sorry.

  6. I see 105 at B5 is unnecessary to live – presumably Kim over-estimated the value as reverse sente here…

    So was this the losing move, and should black have played around L3? or somewhere else?

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, Black 127 seemed to be small, so black should have attached at L3 instead.

      It could be the losing move, because Black didn’t get any good chances to win the game afterwards.