Go Commentary: Liu Xing vs Cho Chikun – 7th Ing Cup

This game is from the round of 16 in the 7th Ing Cup. It’s between Cho Chikun 9p and Liu Xing 7p.

Cho Chikun 9 dan.

Liu defeated Yuki Satoshi before this game, and this is Cho’s first game in this tournament.

Cho Chikun

Cho Chikun is one of the most well known Go players in the world. He’s very famous for his indomitable spirit.

There was a match at the Kisei final in 1986 where Cho played in a wheelchair. Just before the final, he had a serious car accident.

His doctor tried to stop Cho from playing, but Cho insisted on playing the games anyway.

His attitude, mental spirit and passion for Go are very highly regarded in the Go world. He has taken 71 titles in his lifetime, and it’s the record in Japan.

Liu Xing

On the other hand, Liu Xing is currently ranked number 16 in China. His style of play is lively and free, so it’s unpredictable.

He’s regarded as a very unique and creative player amongst pro players.Β He’s won four domestic titles in China, but his results in international tournaments so far haven’t been that impressive.

Let’s have a look at the game…

Commented game record

Liu Xing vs Cho Chikun


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7th Ing Cup photos

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  1. Cho Chikun is the first and the most inspiring go player i’ve ever know. Thanks for your comments!!

  2. Thank you for the nice commentary! I was actually very glad that Cho Chikun won, and I hoped that he could win more.

    For this game, from which move onwards was black leading? Was it when white was forced to live miserably at bottom? And were there anything that white could have done to prevent that?

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Good question!
      I didn’t comment about this move, but it looked as if W50 wasn’t right. W should have jumped into the center from bottom at around O10.

  3. Another wonderful commentary. I enjoy the detailed notes and all of the helpful variations. I think An Younggil is the only professional currently doing something like this in English that is available to all players online. It’s really something I appreciate very much.

    Regarding this game, I can’t help but also think of Cho Hunhyun whenever I see Cho Chikun. Cho Chikun and Cho Hunhyun are two of the most talented players ever. They both remain so strong even as they get older. Remember that 0.5 point game between Cho Hunhyun and Gu Li a couple of years ago? Even though Cho lost, it shows that he still can perform at a very high level. Also I think Cho Chikun won a Judan title a couple of years ago as well. I wonder if Lee Sedol, Gu Li, Lee Changho, Kong Jie, can play as well as these two players when they reach their forties and fifties.

  4. What about the Cho’s hair?

  5. Awesome review – gogameguru is my only source for these kinds of reviews and An Younggil always explains variations and ideas very well. Keep up the good work!

    P.S. If you could implement a good picture viewer instead of having to individually click each image that would be great – not a big deal but it would be nice πŸ™‚

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks for the suggestion Devin. We can do that. I just have some other fixes to make first for Baduk TV and the Go shop. After that I’ll look into it.

  6. Is it wrong to be a Cho Chikun fan solely because I think his hair is awesome?

  7. Like Always, Thanks a lot Mr younggil. Wonderfull.

  8. I remember reading a review of a Takemiya vs Cho game that got to the late midgame when Cho said. “This move doesn’t look big but I read out the rest of the game and white is ahead by one and a half points.” There were still over 50 moves to go! His endgame judgement has always been a strength.

  9. Matthew Miskiewicz says:

    Thanks for the excellent review!

  10. Hi Younggil,

    Thanks for your commentary. I have a question for move 133. You suggest black should play R15, and then you say that R13 won’t work for white because of the stone at P11. Locally it seems to be true, but what if white plays tengen first as an asking move? According to my reading some forcing moves in the center changes the situation on the right side. And then white might be able to play R13 and later extend at Q11 after black’s cut and connect. Does my question make sense? Sorry if it’s a difficult to understand. I wish there was some way for us to display variations in comments. (maybe an idea, David?)

  11. Thanks GoGameGuru! =D Your site is very nice and is one of the best in English. This is important because we have few good sites in English about Go… =(
    And I like Cho Chikun too! He keeps playing well besides been aging and his hair is awesome too! ^__^

  12. Thanks for the great commentary! So much to learn from these games.