Tuesday, July 7, 2009

All Korean Finals

The semi-final matches of the 22n Fujitsu Cup had been held. Three Koreans and one Chinese compete
for two tickets for the final match.

Chang Hao (9 dan) from China met Lee Changho (9 dan) from Korea.

Chang Hao who played white in this game chose to play for influence.
Black's move at 11 is corect, since it allows black to make an approach while creating a ladder breaker at the same time. White started a ko fight at move 38 as he tried to made his group alive at the corner. For some reasons, I think it
is early for white to start a ko fight, since his threats damaged his positions a lot.

Chang Hao vs. Lee Changho, board position up to move 55

After 299 moves, Lee Changho won the game by 4.5 points. To be honest, I don't like white's joseki choice at move 10. The joseki has two main problems, ladder and ko threats.

Kang Dongyun (9 dan) from Korea met his countryman, Pak Yeonghun (9 dan).

The opening was interesting. White played for influence with building his position in the bottom. Black chose to play for territory, as up to move 55, he already had 3 corners in hand.

Kang Dongyun vs. Park Yeonghun board position up to move 55

White 70 us a good move. It is vital for white's moyo, as black can jump here without afraid of cut. Up to move 200, black resigned.

The champion will be decided at July 6th.