Shin Jinseo wins his first title – 2015 Let’s Run Park Cup

Shin Jinseo 3p defeated Kim Myounghun 2p scored by 2-1 to win the 2015 Let’s Run Park Cup final on December 22, 2015, and he become a new teenager champion in Korea.

Shin Jinseo 3 dan (left) and Kim Myounghun 2 dan at the 2015 Let's Run Park Cup final.

Shin Jinseo 3 dan (left) and Kim Myounghun 2 dan at the 2015 Let’s Run Park Cup final.

The final of the Let’s Run Park Cup

This final was played between two teenagers which was the first time since 2003, the final of Chunwon (Korean Tengen) played by Choi Cheolhan 9p and Won Seongjin 9p.

The first game of the final was played on December 16, and Kim Myounghun won the very complicated fighting game.

Game 1 is very important in the best of three match, but Shin Jinseo won game two with his excellent sabaki skill to tie the score with 1-1.

In the title deciding game, Shin managed the game smoothly from the opening, and he won his first major title in his career.

Shin Jinseo

Shin Jinseo 3 dan at the 2015 Let's Run Park Cup final.

Shin Jinseo 3 dan at the 2015 Let’s Run Park Cup final.

Shin Jinseo was born in 2000, and became a pro in 2012.

He became a pro through the qualifier of young talented students under 15 years old.

It was a new qualifier system in Korea and he became the first professional player through that along with Shin Minjoon 3p.

Shin Jinseo won the Ha Kuksu Rookies’ Cup three times since 2013, and he also won the 3rd Mejion Cup (another rookies’ tournament) this year.

Shin Jinseo’s been regarded as the top prospect and potentially the post Park Junghwan in Korea.

His style of play is unpredictable and persistent. He’s good at complicated close combat as well.

Many of Korean fans and media are excited and hoped that he will become a leader of Korean Go, who will compete against Chinese dominant young players.

Since he wins his first career major title, we will have more chances to watch his games in the international scene in 2016.

With this victory of a major tournament, Shin Jinseo is promoted from 3 dan to 5 dan right away.

Kim Myounghun

Kim Myounghun 2 dan at the 2015 Let's Run Park Cup final.

Kim Myounghun 2 dan at the 2015 Let’s Run Park Cup final.

You might haven’t heard of the name -Kim Myounghun, but he’s another top prospect player from Korea.

He was born in 1997, and became a pro in 2014.

He was already nearly 17 when he became a pro, but his performance afterwards was quite impressive.

He proceeded the main tournament of the KBS Cup within a month after he became a pro.

This year, he was on the semifinals of the GS Caltex Cup by defeating Kim Jiseok 9p in the round of 16.

He also defeated Zhou Ruiyang 9p at the round of 32 of 20th LG Cup, and you may feel his power and fighting spirit from watching that game.

Kim’s style of play is fighting oriented with dynamic haengma, and he doesn’t seem to be afraid of fighting against top players.

His teacher is Baek Hongseok 9p, who’s a real fighter, and Kim’s play style is quite similar to Baek.

Kim Myounghun is also promoted to 3 dan from 2 dan as he’s a runner up.

Let’s Run Park Cup

The Let’s Run Park Cup is a domestic Go tournament in Korea. It started in 2014 and the prize money for the winner is 80 million Won (approximately $68,000 USD at the time of writing).

The main tournament starts with round of 32, and the format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of three games.

The tournament is sponsored by the Korean Horse Affairs Association, so they named as the Let’s Run Park Cup.

Game records

Shin Jinseo vs Kim Myounghun – Game 1

White 10 to 16 was a joseki.

White 28 was an interesting haengma, and White 32 and 34 were good followups. The result up to White 36 was slightly better for White.

Black 45 was careless, and White 46 was a strong response to take the lead.

Black 63 to 65 was strong, but White 72,  78 and 82 were good moves to maintain his lead.

black kept attacking White’s right side with 91 and 95, and a very big ko was started from Black 103.

Black won the ko with 123, but White 122 was nice, and White’s right side was alive with 124.

Black 141 was bold and powerful, but White was still fine with capturing the right side group with 148.

Black 159 to 161 was clever, and Black 171 was to catch up in terms of territory.

White 180 and 184 were slack, and Black 187 to 193 were persistent and the game became very close.

Black 201 was the losing move, and he should have atari at 209 first. White 202 to 208 was the accurate sequence, and Black’s group was captured.


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Kim Myounghun vs Shin Jinseo – Game 2

Black 9 to 15 was interesting, and the opening up to White 28 was playable for both.

Black 33 to 37 was a fighting oriented haengma, and Black 49 was powerful.

White 52 was a probe, but Black 53 to 55 was agile responses, and Black took the lead with 63.

White 76 was to take care of his corner group, but Black’s continuation from 77 to 87 were swift.

White 98 was necessary to live, and Black maintained his lead from 99 to 113 nicely.

Black 117 was an overplay, and White made a counter with 118 to 120.

White 128 and 138 were subtle tesuji, and White countered to attack Black’s center stones with 146.

Black 157 to 165 was a nice sequence to live, but White was satisfied with 174 and the game was decided.


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Shin Jinseo 3 dan, after winning the title deciding game from the 2015 Let's Run Park Cup final.

Shin Jinseo 3 dan, after winning the title deciding game from the 2015 Let’s Run Park Cup final.

Kim Myounghun vs Shin Jinseo – Game 3

The opening up to 14 was very unique, but well balanced. White 20 was big, and White lived in the corner through to 34.

Black 35 to 39 was a strong way to attack White’s right side stones, and the result up to Black 47 was satisfactory for Black.

White 50 was a subtle probe, but Black 53 to 55 was a strong response.

However, Black 57 was slack, and he should have played S14 for a ko threat. White 58 was a nice cut to punish Black’s mistake.

White’s continuation up to 70 was smooth, and the game was slightly better for White with 82.

White started to attack Black’s left side group, but Black 89 and 95 were clever moves to settle efficiently.

Then White started to attack Black’s top with 104, but Black’s sabaki up to 129 was excellent, and the game was very close.

Black 135 was an interesting move, but wrong direction, and White 136 to 140 was a brilliant response, and the game became better for White.

White 148 was a strong counter, and White 160 showed his fighting spirit.

Eventually Black captured White’s two stones in the center with 165 and 167, but White’s endgame up to 178 was precise to maintain his lead.


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  1. What is this tournament ? I wonder because on go4go i don’t see any game of him for this tournament against a top pro exept Kim Jiseok.

  2. So cool , i was sure about his chances to win this title ^^.
    Thank you for the few lines of commentaries , very useful.
    Hope to see him more in international tournaments .