The showdown of the decade starts this weekend: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol

In less than 48 hours, the most anticipated match of the decade gets underway.

Lee Sedol and Gu Li will play the first game of the ‘MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango‘, in Beijing, China. A 10 game match to determine the stronger player of the two.

Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Promotional video

When does it start?

Game 1 of 10 will begin at:

  • 9:00 am on Sunday, January 26, 2014 – Beijing time (+8 hours)

Which is:

  • 1:00 am on Sunday, January 26 – GMT (UTC)
  • 8:00 pm on Saturday, January 25 – US EST (-5 hours)
  • 12:00pm on Sunday, January 26 – Australian EST (+11 hours).

Where can I see it?

Live analysis and commentary of the game will begin on Baduk TV Live at 1:00pm Korea time (3 hours after the game starts – the opening will still be underway and they’ll go over it in detail).

Day passes are available here for about the price of a cup of coffee.

The game will also be relayed on most major Go servers.

How can I check the results?

As the match progresses, throughout this year, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news, game records and commentary. Bookmark this page for future reference, or click here to subscribe to our newsletter and get weekly updates.

The full match schedule is here (it’s also in the Pro Go Calendar) and you can read more about the event here.

Two of the most exciting players

Gu Li and Lee Sedol are two of the most exciting players of this generation, and they play their best Go when they play together.

That’s why so many people have been looking forward to such a match and have been working towards making it happen for several years.

Lee Sedol 9 dan (left) and Gu Li 9 dan: Two of the most exciting players of this generation.

Lee Sedol 9 dan (left) and Gu Li 9 dan: Two of the most exciting players of this generation.

This match will give the players more time to think than most tournaments these days (4 hours + 5 x min byo-yomi each), so we’re hopeful that Lee and Gu will be able to create their masterpiece together.

Feel free to discuss the game here

Because these games will be slower than most games these days, there will also be more time to discuss them.

Please feel free to use the comments on this page to discuss the game with other players if you want to.

We’ll post another article like this, for comments and as a reminder, before each game starts.

Let’s enjoy this spectacular event together!

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  1. Hi, I’m very interested in watching this event, but I would like to pay with bitcoins to avoid unnecessary exchange fees. Is it possible?

    TIA, jiivan

  2. Will the commentary be in English?

    • Younggil An says:

      It’s live stream from Korean cable TV, so it’s in Korean. If we had more customers we could try to, but we don’t have the resources to translate live at the moment.

  3. David Kerschner says:

    Is the Live commentary going to be in English or Korean?

  4. Sean Davis says:

    Looks like they offer the videos with english subtitles with Baduk TV English. Not sure if they’re going to translate it live though.

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, we translate the videos for on demand streaming. Translating live is more complicated, so I’ll review the game afterwards. Thanks.

      • That’s awesome news, that you’ll eventually translate it for on-demand 🙂 I can’t wait to watch it live too!

        I’ve been a paying subscriber continuously since the beta and it’s this sort of coverage that makes it so worthwhile. Thanks again GGG for all your hard work!

        • David Ormerod says:

          Thanks Adrian, we’re still waiting for Baduk TV to produce a ‘Best Game of the Day‘ episode that we can subtitle (in the live commentary they had to fill time with other conversation for hours), but we’re hoping to have something up soon.

  5. Anonymous says:

    what about a kickstarter project for live translation?

    • David Ormerod says:

      We did think about that at one stage. I think what’s really needed is just better marketing – whether that’s on Kickstarter or elsewhere.

      We’ve worked hard on building what we think is a good product, but we need to tell more people about it. If we had enough customers, then we could do live translation without needing to run a special campaign.

      I need to work harder on marketing Baduk TV English, and I need to free up more time to do it.