Park Younghun wins 12th Maxim Cup

On April 7 2011, Park Younghun 9p won the 12th Maxim Cup, beating Lee Changho 9p by half a point in the second match. Park won the first match several weeks ago (March 21), and with two wins he took the best of three title.

Two masters of endgame

Both Lee and Park are famous for their accurate counting and endgame skills. Go fans used to say that if Park and Lee played and the winning margin was half a point, the winner would be Lee. However, now people say that if the winning margin is half a point, the winner will be Park.

In November last year Park also won the Korean Myeongin (Korea’s equivalent of the Japanese Meijin).

The Maxim Cup

The Maxim Cup is a rapid Korean domestic tournament for 9 dan players only. This year, the tournament was held on the beautiful Jeju Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is popular with tourists.

Lee Changho (9 dan, left) and Park Younghun share a post game interview

Stone Babushkas?

Lee was accompanied by his wife and, prior to the match, revealed that the couple were very happy and plan on having two or three children. Given that Lee’s nickname as a Go player is “Stone Buddha”, perhaps the little ones could be called the “Stone Babushkas”? Before you ask, there was no mention of whether the children would learn Go :).

After the match, a reporter asked Lee how he felt about losing his dominance of the baduk world after more than two decades. Lee was non-plussed, and replied that he did not mind as long as he could still play a good and interesting game.

More photos from the game

Lee Changho's wife, Lee Doyun, watches nervously during the match

Counting game two - Lee Changho (left) and Park Younghun

The game record – 12th Maxim Cup game one

 

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The game record – 12 Maxim Cup game two

 

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Comments

  1. Farewell Lee.

    • JeansebL says:

      Farewell ? He’s still a top player you know…

    • David Ormerod says:

      Lee is getting older, but I don’t think he has anything left to prove. The intense tournament schedule favours young people, but Lee can still create his art through Go.

  2. Great stuff. Thx Jing.

    • btw whats with these wacky avatars mine has me looking like I’m into bondage or something…just saying

      • David Ormerod says:

        Sixko, they’re automatically generated from your email address if you don’t have a Gravatar. It gives everyone a unique image. Your Gravatar doesn’t seem to be getting picked up for some reason, which is weird. Maybe it’s because there are two of them. Do you have this problem on other sites?

        Point taken about the faces, I’ve changed them to patterns after seeing your one. πŸ˜‰

        For anyone who’s wondering what on earth this is about, see http://en.gravatar.com/

        • Lol. Thanks David πŸ™‚ Looks like I got things sorted out with gravatar – had signed up there some time ago and never really bothered to make sure things were working correctly.

  3. I wonder if this is what they call “slump after marriage”…

    • David Ormerod says:

      Biondy, when I got married one of my friends told me it was going to cost two stones :). It didn’t by the way.

  4. “Lee was non-plussed, and replied that he did not mind as long as he could still play a good and interesting game.” How sympathetic! Nice.

  5. scwizard says:

    >After the match, a reporter asked Lee how he felt about losing his dominance of the baduk world after more than two decades. Lee was non-plussed, and replied that he did not mind as long as he could still play a good and interesting game.

    I think this is a great attitude to have, and I look forward to seeing more good and interesting games from Lee.

  6. scwizard says:

    On another note, I think a 6.5 komi is too small. I prefer the 7.5 komi used in Chinese tournaments these days.