Lee Sedol wins 8th Chunlan Cup

The third and deciding match of the 8th Chunlan Cup final between Lee Sedol 9p of Korea and Xie He 7p of China was played on June 30 2011 in Chongqing.

Lee Sedol (9 dan) wins 8th Chunlan Cup

Lee prevailed against Xie and finally added Chunlan Cup to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

Déjà vu in the opening

The opening was similar to yesterday’s match (game 2), with Lee playing the same unusual pattern in the top right. Once again Lee played with white. However Xie deviated at move 29 and followed a new variation.

[Update: Here’s Younggil’s commentary of game three of the 8th Chunlan Cup]

Another feather in Lee’s cap

After this, complicated fighting ensued and Lee emerged as the winner. With this win, Lee claimed his maiden Chunlan Cup and also his 15th international championship.

Xie He still leads on head to head wins

Interestingly enough, even after the last three matches, Xie’s win-loss record against Lee is still 6-4 in Xie’s favor.

In the play off for third place, China’s Gu Lingyi defeated Korea’s Heo Youngho 8p.

More photos from the game

Another lost opportunity for Xie He (7 dan)

Lee Sedol (left) reviews the game with Xie He

Game record: Xie He vs Lee Sedol


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


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  1. scwizard says:

    People have been wondering about O16 in this game and in the previous game of the tournament.

    In my database I found a single game with that move. It’s a professional game, a 1p against another 1p. Sadly it doesn’t say what year it’s from. I’ve uploaded the sgf here: http://gokifu.com/f/kys.sgf

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks SC, I saw that game too, thanks for uploading it to GoKifu.

      While they were 1p players at the time of that game, white is Luo Xihe, who is a very creative and talented Chinese player. He is 9p now.

      As I said in the discussion about game 2, white O16 is an interesting idea because it aims to avoid black’s O16, hane at P18 and eventual seal in at O14, which is what can happen after white plays the ‘normal’ P17 move. The common variation at P17 is quite old and you’ll find it in most joseki books.

      I believe most pros think the standard ‘joseki’ result is bad for white, so Lee is trying to improve the result for white. It works well with the rest of his opening in this game. Another interesting idea which has been tried by pros is white R16 at P17 immediately. I’ve tried playing that way a few times and it’s good if you want to take territory.

    • Uberdude says:

      I guess you found that game with eidogo, which has a bug in saying the players are 1p. In fact (using GoGoD) it was Luo Xihe 3p vs Liao Guiyong 8p, 14th New Physical Education Cup, 1992-01-20.

      • David Ormerod says:

        After reading your comment, I rebuilt my database in Kombilo. I put the GoGoD games in first in case there were duplicates in my other files. I’m still getting only one game in Chinese. The players are the same though. I guess it’s just another version of the game. I’ll look into why GoGoD’s version isn’t showing up when I have more time…

        • Uberdude says:

          What version of GoGoD do you have, mine is late 2010 so although this is an old (as in before GoGoD started) game it is from a relatively minor tournament so maybe only got added recently.

          Anyway, it was interesting that Lee played the same as the last game even though he lost that (so presumably he planned to do something different cos if they played exactly the same game again he’d lose!) so must have been confident, maybe trying to get a psychological advantage (“I’m going to play what lost last time and still beat you!”), but then it was Xie He who deviated first with m13. So maybe Xie He thought if he m19 for k16 like before white would then play the net at l14, as the ladder breaker seemed nice in the last game.

          • David Ormerod says:

            Thanks for the info, I’m using a 2011 version of GoGoD, I think I just need to remove the Chinese game records with the duplicate games.

            I thought it was interesting to see that pattern again too. Younggil just published his commentary and said that the result in game 2 was favorable for Lee, but he had to continue playing locally instead of fortifying the top left corner like he did in game 2. Check it out here: http://gogameguru.com/commentary-xie-he-lee-sedol-8th-chunlan-cup/

            The net vs ladder dilemma is interesting. The ladder captures a stone in two moves, but gives black a move elsewhere. The net is thinner and white will need three moves to take that stone off the board. Still… if it were me I would’ve played the net.

  2. Great website, guys? Why aren’t you covering the 66th Honinbo title match? I watched some of it last night on IGS. Game 5 was very exciting!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Dan. With our current team, we don’t have time to cover every match unfortunately.

      Since Biondy at Unlimited Go does a pretty good job of covering the Japanese tournament scene, we tend to focus more on international events. We also report on Chinese and Korean domestic tournaments sometimes. Nobody here at Go Game Guru speaks Japanese.

      If anyone wants to come on board and help us cover the Japanese scene, just let me know :).

      • Hi, David. Thanks for letting me know. I wish I could help you with the Japanese tournament scene, but I don’t speak that language. Anyway, keep up the good work! I really like your website!

        • David Ormerod says:

          Thanks Dan. Let us know if you or anyone you know is ever interested in helping out.