Go Commentary: Song Ronghui vs Choi Jung – 5th Huang Longshi Cup

This is a commentary of game 11 of the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

The game was played between Song Ronghui 5p and Choi Jung 5p on April 8, 2015, in Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China.

Song Ronghui 5p (left) and Choi Jung 5p at the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

Song Ronghui 5p (left) and Choi Jung 5p at the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

Song Ronghui

Song Ronghui was born in 1992, and became a pro in 2006.

She won a gold medal in the Women’s individual division at the 1st World Mind Sports Games in 2008.

Song Ronghui 5p at the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

Song Ronghui 5p at the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

In 2009, she won 2nd place in the 3rd Women’s Xinrenwang (Rookies’ Cup). She lost to Tang Yi 2p in the final.

In 2014, she won three games at the 4th Huang Longshi Cup, as Team China’s first player, and China won the tournament.

This year, she won fives consecutive games against O Junga 2p, Hoshiai Shiho 1p, O Yujin 2p, Xie Yimin 6p and Kim Chaeyoung 2p. This was her 6th game in the tournament.

Song’s style of play is thick and solid. She’s also good at fighting, but it seems like she prefers peaceful games because she’s good at the endgame.

Choi Jung

Choi Jung was born in 1996, and became a pro in 2010.

Choi is currently the strongest woman (ranked #1) amongst Korean Professional players.

Choi Jung 5p at the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

Choi Jung 5p at the 5th Huang Longshi Cup.

She contested the final of the 5th Women’s Kisung, but lost to Rui Naiwei 9p in 2011. However, it didn’t take long for her to win her first title, the 13th Women’s Myeongin, in 2012.

In 2013, she won the Women’s Myeongin again and brought the 3rd Huang Longshi Cup back to Korea. She defeated Yu Zhiying 5p, Li He 5p and Wang Chenxing 5p, to seize victory for Team Korea.

In 2014, she won the 5th Bingsheng Cup, defeating Rui Naiwei in the final, and it was her first international title. She also won the Women’s Myeongin for the third time in a row.

Choi’s style of play is flexible and powerful. She prefers a fighting style game, and her nickname is ‘girl of great strength’.

This was Choi’s first game in this tournament, and it was the most interesting match in the final round.

Let’s have a look at the game…

Commented game record

Song Ronghui vs Choi Jung


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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. SimeonG says:

    I learnt a lot from your game commentary (again) and that particular game. Thank you.

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks Simeon, I’m glad to hear that you learnt a lot from this. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello, Mr Younggil. Thanks for this commented game. I have a question: Could be a good move to attack playing white 78 at M7?

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, that’s also possible. However, K5 is sente for Black, so Black doesn’t need to worry about the connection. That’s why White chose to cut directly with 78 in the actual game.