Korean comeback at the 19th LG Cup

The quarter and semifinals of the 19th LG Cup were played on November 17 and 19, 2014, in Gangwon, Korea.

And then there were four

When we last reported on the LG Cup, Korea and China were evenly pegged – with four players each in the quarter finals.

Korean fans were quietly optimistic after last year’s disastrous 18th LG Cup and the Korean players more than redeemed themselves!

Park Junghwan 9p dispatched Chen Yaoye 9p without too much fuss.

Chen Yaoye 9 dan couldn't overcome Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

Chen Yaoye 9 dan (left) couldn’t overcome Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

 

Meanwhile, Choi Cheolhan 9p proved too strong for Fan Tingyu 9p.

Fan Tingyu 9 dan and Choi Cheolhan 9 dan nigiri at the 19th LG Cup.

Fan Tingyu 9 dan and (left) Choi Cheolhan 9 dan nigiri at the 19th LG Cup.

 

Park Younghun 9p taught youngster Xie Erhao 2p a lesson or two.

Park Younghun 9 dan in his 19th LG Cup quarter final match against Xie Erhao 2 dan.

Park Younghun 9 dan (left) in his 19th LG Cup quarter final match against Xie Erhao 2 dan.

 

And Kim Jiseok 9p knocked out the defending champion, Tuo Jiaxi 9p.

Defending champion Tuo Jiaxi 9 dan and Kim Jiseok 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

Defending champion Tuo Jiaxi 9 dan (left) and Kim Jiseok 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

Two friends in the finals

While Korean fans were celebrating prematurely, with the title secured for Korea, there was more work to be done for the Korean players.

But first things first – reviewing their wins from the quarter finals!

19th LG Cup semifinalists, from left: Park Junghwan 9 dan, Kim Jiseok 9 dan, Choi Cheolhan 9 dan and Park Younghun 9 dan.

19th LG Cup semifinalists, from left: Park Junghwan 9 dan, Kim Jiseok 9 dan, Choi Cheolhan 9 dan and Park Younghun 9 dan.

 

Kim’s sharp reading and perfect endgame secured his second international final appearance.

Kim Jiseok 9 dan on his way to a second international final by defeating Choi Cheolhan 9p.

Kim Jiseok 9 dan (right) on his way to a second international final after defeating Choi Cheolhan 9p.

Kim will be joined by his good friend, Park Junghwan, who outlasted Park Younghun.

The finals

Two Parks - Park Younghun 9 dan and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

Two Parks – Park Younghun 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

The finals will be played at Seoul National University, from February 9 to 12, 2015.

Park Junghwan and Kim Jiseok will face one another in a best of three match.

The LG Cup

The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 300 million Won (approximately $270,00 USD at the time of writing). The runner up receives 100 million Won.

The main draw of 32 players is part invitational, comprising of 5 Korean players, 5 Chinese players, 4 Japanese players, 1 Taiwanese player and including the previous year’s winner and runner up.

The rest of the main draw is determined through a preliminary tournament. The format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of three games.

The tournament is sponsored by LG Electronics, a multinational consumer electronics company whose headquarters are in South Korea.

The time limit is 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.

Game records

Park Junghwan vs Chen Yaoye

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

White 36 was slack, and the fighting on the right side wasn’t favorable for Chen.

Black 55 was a brilliant move, which allowed Black to take a clear lead in the game.

Black 61 to 67 were very creative and Black was satisfied up to move 77.

In a desperate attempt to reverse the game, White went all out with 136 and 138, but Black 139 and 141 were excellent responses and the game was decided at move 149.

 

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Tuo Jiaxi vs Kim Jiseok

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

The opening of this game was unusual, but the result up to White 32 was even.

Black 59 and 61 were good moves, which resulted in Black taking the lead up to move 81.

Black 101 was the wrong direction of play which allowed White to catch up through to White 112.

White 136 was very brave, because it forced Black to attack White’s center group.

White 144 to 148 were clever moves to make eye-shape, and White 162 was the finishing blow.

 

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Park Younghun vs Park Junghwan

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

White 36 to 40 were interesting, and the result up to Black 57 was even.

Black 99 was a mistake and White 100 was a very good response.

White 106 to 120 was a wonderful sequence to reduce Black’s territory, which allowed White to reverse the game.

White 156 was very sharp and Black was in trouble.

Black went all out with 177, but White’s responses were flawless.

Black 207 and 209 were very strong, but sadly for Black there weren’t enough ko threats.

White was leading by a small margin by move 226, after which there were no more chances for Black.

 

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Kim Jiseok vs Choi Cheolhan

Brief comments by An Younggil 8p:

The first fight at the bottom, up to White 44, ended with Black slightly ahead.

White 74 was a nice move and the game became very complicated.

White 92 was the vital point, which allowed White to live on the right side up to White 106. However, Black 107 and 109 were also very strong.

There was a seemingly endless ko fight on the right side, with excellent ko threats made by both players.

But Black had more ko threats so White had to capture Black’s left side group.

Unfortunately, it didn’t provide enough compensation, and Kim wrapped up the game with some flawless endgame play.

 

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Comments

  1. thanks for updating ^^~

  2. Kim Jiseok is a beast!

  3. Flagellator1974 says:

    Kim Jiseok plays in two finals, hm… 🙂 Good luck to him!

  4. Kim is in superp form indeed! It is seem that he and Park migth be the great obstacle to Chinese Go for many years to come (hey ! we are still waiting for you Japan!)

  5. I looked at the Park JW – Chen Yaoye Qfinal. I liked the opening for white to 22, white feels nicely spread out on the board, and I actually preferred white, though I wasn’t sure about 26 which feels a bit thin. I suppose in reality it was even, but what do you feel about it?

    Move 37 I thought was like a perfect move, and I also thought black took the lead here; after that Park was impressive, unfaltering, fully recovered it seems from the Samsung. Is this game a “masterpiece” for him?

    • Younggil An says:

      The opening up to White 22 is seen a lot these days and it would be even. White 26 looked fine to me, but there would be many other options for sure.

      I couldn’t find any serious mistakes from Park, and there wasn’t any good chances for Chen to win the game, so I agree that we can call this game a masterpiece for Park. 🙂

  6. BTW I like the 3 hour time limits. Plently of time to think at crucial stages, almost like the 1 day games in Japan. With 4 hours each I sometimes feel players get tired in the evening and make mistakes…

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, right. We can’t see 4 hours game anymore only except Gu vs Lee Jubango. It’s because many people assume 4 hours each is a bit too long, and 2 or 3 hours is better for the players to concentrate through the whole game.

      The longer time limit, the more tired the players get I’m sure.

  7. Great games with helpful comments from my friend Young-gil An
    I am happy to share them at my special page about Go at Facebook

  8. Pedro Posada says:

    ¿Where I can get a reader for Go SGF files in an IMac? Thanks