Top 20 Go Players: Won Seongjin and Li Zhe

I’d like to introduce some more of the top 20 Go players of 2010. Won Seongjin (9p) of Korea and Li Zhe (6p) of China are both currently ranked number 9 according to Dr Bai Taeil. Won Seongjin became a pro in 1998 when he was only 13 years old. Li Zhe became a pro in 2000, when he was only 11. Let’s talk a bit about these two players.

Gu Li to face Won Seongjin in 16th Samsung Cup final

The finalists for the 16th Samsung Cup were decided on November 3, 2011, after Won Seongjing defeated Chen Yaoye 2-1 in their semifinal match. A day earlier, Gu Li proceeded to the final by defeating young Korean star, Na Hyun, in two straight games. Gu Li of China will now face Won Seongjin of Korea in the finals, which will be played in early December 2011.

4 players left standing in the 16th Samsung Cup

On October 5th, 2011, the 16th Samsung Cup reached the quarter finals. Of the hundreds of players who started this tournament only four remain standing. Representing China, we have Chen Yaoye and Gu Li. Meanwhile, Korea’s still fielding Won Seongjin and 16 year old 1 dan, Na Hyun. The quarter final featured some exciting pairings and the resulting games didn’t disappoint. See all the results and games from today and tell us who you think will win the tournament!

16th Samsung Cup: Kong Jie, Gu Li knock out Lee Sedol, Lee Changho

The round of 16 in the 16th Samsung Cup concluded today, with two highly anticipated games. In one corner, Korea’s Lee Sedol and Lee Changho stood ready to do battle. In the other corner China’s Kong Jie and Gu Li were ready to rumble. Unfortunately for Korea, China came out 2-0. Meanwhile Kim Jiseok, Lee Younggu, Chen Yaoye, Na Hyun, Won Seongjin and Park Younghun also made it through to the quarter finals.

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’.

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…

Top 20 Go Players: Cho Hanseung and Chen Yaoye

The next players I’d like to introduce from the Top 20 Go Players of 2010 are Cho HanSeung 9p and Chen Yaoye 9p. Cho was born in 1982, and has recently completed his military service in Korea. Chen Yaoye was born in 1989, and is one of the best players in China.

Go Commentary: Lee Changho vs Won Seongjin – 24th Fujitsu Cup

Here is a game commentary of the recent game between Lee Changho and Won Seongjin. Lee resigned this game when he was winning, but even when Lee resigned, the game was almost finished, and Won already knew he’d lose the capturing race. It’s unbelievable that Lee misread an easy move. Go fans will miss Lee’s games in the 24th Fujitsu Cup.

Lee Changho won’t play in 24th Fujitsu Cup

The qualifying tournament for the 24th Fujitsu Cup is currently taking place in South Korea. In a surprise upset on 9 February 2011, Won Seongjin beat Lee Changho. This is the first time in 18 years (since the 7th Fujitsu Cup) that “The Stone Buddha” (Lee Changho) will not appear at the international phase of the Fujitsu Cup. Many fans will be sorely disappointed.