Lee Sedol vs Gu Li Jubango – Game 5 is this weekend!

A quick reminder for everyone who’s following the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango – a 10 game match between Gu Li 9p and Lee Sedol 9p.

Game 5 of the match will take place this weekend. We’ve delayed the newsletter this week for readers who didn’t catch the news in time last month.

The Jubango is currently tied at 2-2 and you can get all the latest news and commentaries here.

Join us for live coverage of the game

Live coverage with commentary of the match will start on Baduk TV three hours after the first move is played.

The commentators will replay and analyze the game from the beginning and Go Game Guru’s An Younggil 8p will translate and discuss the game (in chat) with Baduk TV Live viewers.

The coverage starts at 1:00 pm Korea time on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Which is:

  • 4:00 am, Sunday morning, UTC (GMT)
  • Midnight, Sunday morning, US Eastern Daylight Time
  • 9:00 pm, Saturday night, US Pacific Daylight Time
  • 5:00 am, Sunday morning, British Summer Time
  • 6:00 am, Sunday morning, Central European Summer Time, and
  • 2:00 pm, Sunday afternoon, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

You can join us for the game for as little as $2.70 with a Baduk TV Day Pass.

If you plan to watch the game from the very start, remember to subtract three hours from the times given above. Baduk TV starts the coverage three hours later because the games go for so long.


Watch game 5 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango this weekend – May 25, 2014.

Timezones and daylight saving

If the region you live in isn’t included in the list above, you can calculate it by adding or subtracting your time zone difference to 4:00 am GMT. Or you can use this website to calculate it for you.

By the way, a number of the regions in this list have started or ended daylight saving since the earlier games, so don’t assume that the starting time will be the same as it was for earlier games. Some readers were caught out by that with previous games.

Have I mentioned that I hate daylight saving time? This video does a good job of explaining the problems it causes.

The halfway point in the match

2014 is flying by and we’re already up to game 5!

This is very likely the midpoint of the match and the players will take a break in July, so this is the last Jubango game we’ll see for two months.

The sponsor (Ni Zhanggen from MLily) made a vague comment in a TV interview that the match could be extended to 13 games (if it’s tied 5-5 after the first 10). However, nothing to do with that has been decided yet (as far as I know), so please regard it as a rumor for the time being.

Who do you think will take the lead?

As I said above, the match is currently tied and whoever wins this weekend will take the lead.

Lee Sedol got off to a good start with two wins, but Gu Li has won the last two games and is currently on a four game winning streak against Lee Sedol (something that’s never happened before between these two players).

Who do you think will win this weekend, and who are you rooting for? Can Lee Sedol put a stop to Gu’s winning streak, or is Gu’s form looking too good?

Click here to leave a comment and let us know what you think!


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  1. Devin Flake says:

    I think its a toss up 🙂 Lee will be looking for blood after four straight losses but Gu is on a roll. This will be a great game no matter who wins but one thing is for sure – this will be a turning point in the match!

    • Younggil An says:

      I agree. After this game, there’ll be one more month break before next game, so winner of this game will enjoy the feeling of win longer than before. 🙂

    • David Ormerod says:

      It’s funny how after the first two games people worried about a 6-0 score for Lee :). If anything the situation has reversed now.

      I normally lean more towards supporting Lee (even though these are two of my favorite players), but Gu Li’s play in this series has been really inspiring at times.

  2. i hope to see new move from either of these players….it been interesting so far…we have seen 2 out of 4 games lee made an interesting move…..so i hope this coming game would be shown…..can’t wait for the game…..i’m rooting for lee….=)

    • David Ormerod says:

      Yes, both players play so many unexpected moves. I’m learning a lot from watching their games 🙂

  3. I feel that in game 4 it was actually Lee Sedol that made a kind of comeback. Because before, Gu Li had a string of convincing wins, and had also done better in games 1 and 2 of the Jubango. Game 4 was the first time Lee Sedol edged out Gu Li in the opening and early middle game. That’s significant, because that is usually Gu Lis’ special strength. All bets are off for game 5, except that it will be fantastic.

    • David Ormerod says:

      That’s an interesting perspective Stefan. Game 4 was very strange in that respect. Let’s see what happens with game 5 🙂

    • Good Lord. Are they even playing the same game that I’m playing? Watching this game made me feel very incompetent. Maybe we should do it like in the middle ages. Instead of feeling small and worthless, let’s just declare them heretics or insane. Gu Li, especially, seemed to play like an escapee from an asylum. I know it’s petty-minded of me, but I was glad when Lee Sedols’ more reasonable play prevailed in the end.

  4. Does anyone know where to get a record of the game?