On 23 February 2011, the finals of the 15th LG Cup concluded with Piao Wenyao (5p) taking out the championship against fellow countryman and defending champion, Kong Jie (9p). Piao won the first match, of this best of three final, two days ago on 21 February 2011. Now having won the second match, he has taken the title without having to proceed to the third and final match.
The 25th Tianyuan tournament is currently underway in Beijing, China. Three young Chinese professional Go players: Zhou Hexi (4p), Li Haojie (4p) and Shi Yue (4p) have reached the semi final of this year’s Tianyuan. The three players are part of a group of rising young Go professionals that the Chinese media has affectionately dubbed “the tiger cubs generation”. The three cubs will be joined in the semi final by stalwart, Yu Bin (9p).
Here is a game commentary of the recent game between Lee Changho and Won Seongjin. Lee resigned this game when he was winning, but even when Lee resigned, the game was almost finished, and Won already knew he’d lose the capturing race. It’s unbelievable that Lee misread an easy move. Go fans will miss Lee’s games in the 24th Fujitsu Cup.
The qualifying tournament for the 24th Fujitsu Cup is currently taking place in South Korea. In a surprise upset on 9 February 2011, Won Seongjin beat Lee Changho. This is the first time in 18 years (since the 7th Fujitsu Cup) that “The Stone Buddha” (Lee Changho) will not appear at the international phase of the Fujitsu Cup. Many fans will be sorely disappointed.
Have you ever wondered how top professional Go players compare? Here Dr Bai Taeil, who created the Korean ranking system, made an announcement of the World Go Ranking for the end of 2010. Calculating a world ranking is very difficult because of the differences between the systems in Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.
The 3rd game of the 35th Japanese Kisei Tournament was held on February 2nd and February 3rd in Toyama, Japan. The challenger Iyama Yuta (9 dan) defeated the Champion defender Cho U (9 dan) with 1 point and half and leads the game series 2 to 1. The Kisei title is decided in a best of seven matches with 8 hours thinking time per person. The challenger comes from a large knockout tournament where the final is decided in a best of three matches.
Two top players, Chang Hao and Kong Jie, have been knocked out in the 1st round of the BC Cup. The 3rd BC Card Cup World Go Open started its tournament in the Hilton Hotel in South Korean Seoul on January 29 2011. Among 32 games, 10 games were between Chinese players and Korean players, and Chinese players won 7 of these 10 games.
Just a quick post today to let you know that Go Game Guru has a new design. We’ve been working on this on and off for a few weeks now and nearly everything seems to be working finally! We’d love to hear your comments about the new site and more suggestions for improvements. Over to you guys.
Imagine your opponent has just played a move that took you completely by surprise, how should you react? Here you will learn five principles that will help you find the right move in any situation. The article demonstrates these principles in real play, by applying them to a position from an actual game. This is advice that all Go players can benefit from.
Here is a commentary of the final match of the 12th Nongshim Cup (2011). The players are Choi Cheolhan (9 dan – white) of Korea and Kong Jie (9 dan) of China. Choi won by resignation and took home the Nongshim Cup for Korea. We hope you enjoy this game.