A tale of three Meijins

Each of the three Meijin tournaments have started in China, Korea and Japan. Let’s see how things stand as of September 14, 2011. In Japan, Yamashita Keigo (9p), current Honinbo title holder, is challenging Iyama Yuta (9p) for the Meijin title in a best of 7 games match. In China, the challenger match for the Mingren title is being played between Kong Jie (9p) and Li Zhe (6p). In Korea, the Myeongin is being played as a knock out tournament between 16 players for the first time.

Go Commentary: Jiang Weijie vs Park Younghun – 2nd World Meijin

This game is from the recent World Meijin event, where the Meijins from China, Japan and Korea faced one another. Park Younghun (9p) and Jiang Weijie (5p) both defeated Iyama Yuta (9p) to play in the final. This is the first time these two have played and the match was on August 20, 2011. Recently, Park’s results aren’t that impressive. Some say it’s because his style of play is not suitable for the modern game. Jiang is a fairly new face. His recent results are amazing.

16th Samsung Cup: Group stage concludes

On August 26 2011, the group stage of the 16th Samsung Cup concluded in Beijing and the draw for the round of 16 was announced. Fans of the Stone Buddha will be relieved to know that Lee Changho (9p), who only joined the main draw through receiving a wildcard, made it to the round of 16. Unfortunately, Park Junghwan (9p), the recent winner of the 24th Fujitsu Cup, did not progress through the ‘Group of Death’.

Park Younghun wins 2nd World Meijin

The 2nd China Japan Korea Meijin kicked off in Changde, China on August 16, 2011. Title holders of Mingren from China, Myeongin from Korea and Meijin from Japan went head to head to decide who would be the World Meijin. This year, Korea’s Park Younghun (9p), Japan’s Iyama Yuta (9p) and China’s Jiang Weijie (5p) battled each other for the title.

Get ready for the 16th Samsung Cup!

The main draw of the 16th Samsung Cup is about to be finalized, with just one more preliminary match between Baek Sungho (9p) and Kim Soojang (9p) to be played today (August 9, 2011). Find out how your favorite players have done and whether they’ve made it through to the main draw. With some unexpected results, several well known players haven’t managed to qualify and need a wildcard from the tournament organizers to continue.

The 16th LG Cup is full of surprises: Lee Changho faces young guns

The main tournament of the 16th LG Cup kicked off on June 12 2011 in Seoul, Korea, with the obligatory lavish opening reception. There have been several early surprises and, going into the quarter finals, Lee Changho (9p) is the only contender with a solid track record in international Go tournaments. Perhaps the most anticipated match was Iyama Yuta’s game with Lee Changho…

Go Commentary: Park Younghun vs Lee Changho – 12th Maxim Cup

This game is the second and last game of 12th Maxim Cup final, between Park Younghun and Lee Changho. It was a relatively peaceful game, and there weren’t any big fights, but if you look deeper, it’s a really interesting and fun game, as it was close throughout. You can see both players’ great endgame skills and accurate counting in byoyomi.

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. 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.

Top 20 Go Players: Park Younghun and Lee Younggu

The first article in a series, introducing the ‘Top 20 Go players in the world in 2010’ according to Dr Bai Taeil’s world ranking. Lee YoungGu was ranked as No. 20, and Park YoungHun was 19th. They studied together at the Yu ChangHyuk’s Baduk School in Boon-Dang, and they’re very close to each other.

Top 20 Pro Go Players of 2010

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.