Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Takao Shinji Closed the Second Stage

After won for five concecutive times in the 10th Nongshim Cup, Kang Dongyun from Korea was stopped by Takao Shinji, Judan from Japan.

Takao Shinji, Judan

Playing white for the first time, Kang Dongyun resigned after 165 moves.

the sequence from 23-28 is interesting. White didn't really try to attack black's two stones and black got a good shape and sente.

Takao Shinji (B) vs. kang Dongyun (W), up to move 63

Many people didn't expect Takao Shinji to won this match actually, but perhaps Kang Dongyun was exhausted to play so many games concecutively.

This win is very important for Japan. At least they got one win in this 10th tournament. They haven't won even a single match before.

But it seems pretty hard for Japan to win this year, with only Takao Shinji left, while China still has Chang Hao and Gu Li, while Korea still has Lee Sedol and Lee Changho, the iron gate of this tournament.