Korea won the 12th Nongshim Championship with a four game winning streak of Choi Cheolhan on January 20, 2011 in Shanghai China. The final game was between Korean player Choi Cheolhan (9 dan) and Chinese player Kong Jie (9 dan). It was the 10th time that Korea won the Cup, but it was also the 3rd consecutive time that Korea defeated China in group Go games after Asian Games and Jeongganjiang Cup.
The news conference of the final stage competition of the 12th Nongshim Cup was held in the Korean culture Court in Shanghai on January 18th 2011. The major players of the three delegations: Kong Jie (9 dan), Lee Changho(9 dan) and Satoshi Yuki (9 dan) attended the conference. The Nongshim cup is a three-country event. The tournament started in 1999 with five representatives from each of the participating countries China, Korea and Japan.
Go lovers always look forward to watching the game between ‘Living Legend’ Lee Changho and ‘mythical’ Lee Sedol, and there was a poll about this final on the one of Go websites in Korea. 49% of people anticipated Changho to win the final by 2:1, and 23% of people expected Sedol to win by 2:1. However, in the result, Sedol won by 2:0. Only 15% of people anticipated the result correctly.
Moon Dowon (2 dan), a relatively ‘unknown’ player, has won 6 consecutive games in the 9th Jeongganjang Cup, extending her blitz from 3 to 6 games since our last article. Moon Dowon vs Song Ronghui. Moon Dowon vs Mukai Chiaki. Li He vs Moon Dowon.
The 9th Jeongganjang Cup started on January 8th, 2011 in Hangzhou, China. Moon Dowon is blitzing the field with a 3 game winning streak so far. The 1st round was between Aoki Kikuyo (8 dan) of Japan vs. Moon Dowon (2 dan) of Korea. Moon Dowon vanquishes Aoki Kikuyo. Lu Jia struggles under time pressure. Moon Dowon holds on in a tough game with Chinen Kaori.
Lee Sedol, one of the top Baduk players in Korea became the top prize winner of 2010. According to Korea Baduk Association’s ranking announcement on January 5th, Lee has earned a rough total of $515,000 in the year 2010, which made Lee Sedol the number one prize winner of 2010 followed by Lee Changho (9 dan) whose annual prize money amounted to $334,000 last year.
There are 3 major international tournaments between Asian professional Go players in January 2011, and these tournaments are 9th Jeongganjang Cup, 12th Nongshim Cup and the 3rd BC Card Cup. This article gives a round up of the players competing in each tournament.
The First YGA (Young Go Academy) Students’ Cup was held at the Young Go(Baduk) Academy in Strathfield (Sydney) on 18 December 2010. This competition was for students and children, who learn how to play Baduk at the YGA. It was the first event for the students, and we are going to open this sort of events every three months.
The 33rd Australian National Go Championships was held at the Young Go (Baduk) Academy in Strathfield (Sydney) on 27-28 November. This championship is the largest annual Go event in Australia. This year, 52 players participated in the tournament. There were two divisions and division A was for 3d-7d players with even as an open division, and division B was for 2d-15k with handicap.
This is the second of two ancient Chinese Go game records where the game ends as one big seki position across the whole Go board. It is clearly contrived, by one or more very strong Go players and not all the moves are perfect, but that doesn’t matter in my opinion. It is both a source of enjoyment and study material. I’ve learned a lot from it over the years, revisiting it as I got better at Go.