Saturday, January 30, 2010

Go Trivia: Woman In Go

Can you name the strong female player above?

EDIT: The answer is Chinen Kaori of Japan.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tsumego (15)

Black to play and save his upper left group (the B17 group).


Xie Yimin the New Female Kisei

The Japanese strongest female player, Xie Yimin won her third big female title, Female Kisei.

Xie beat Umezawa Yukari, the three times consecutive winner, by 2-1 in the title match series.

Congratulations for Xie Yimin!

An Joyeong "Normalized" Thing

Surprising everyone in the first round by beating Lee Changho as one of the world go master, the teenage ama Han Taehee lost at the second round to An Joyeong of Korea.

My, that's hard!

An Joyeong played an influence game. At the early game, he had a big influence in the right side. Later, Han tried to split black in the right side, however, he wasn't careful and An backfired him and captured a group.

The happy An Joyeong

Han resigned in a short 87 moves game.

Post game review

The second round of BCCard Cup will be played from January 28 to February 7.

Download the game here

Rui Balanced the Sheet

After losing the first game of the 3 game series at Female Myeongin title match, Rui Naiwei the title holder won the second gam by resignation.

Rui Naiwei

The game went very well for Rui, as she occupied 3 corners in the early game, but she had one unsettled group in the upper board. Cho Hyeyeon aggressively attacked the group. Rui didn't settle it as soon as possible, but she attacked Cho's corner first, before defending the group back.

Cho Hyeyeon

Cho Hyeyeon resigned after 239 moves. With this, Rui got the chance to defend her title.

Rui's victory

The game was aired live on TV!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cho Hyeyeon Won the First Game

The 11th Female Myeongin title match series was started in January 15. This time, for the third consecutive time, Cho Hyeyeon becomes the challenger, challenging Rui Naiwei the title holder.

Rui Naiwei (left) vs. Cho Hyeyeon (right)

The game started by Cho surprisingly played a Japanese joseki in the upper right corner. Usually the joseki is played by Japanese pro.

Cho Hyeyeon (black) vs. Rui Naiwei (white), game up to move 86

The game went to be a fighting game (which is usual for game between Rui and Cho) with a fight in the upper board. The game became complicated. In the end, a semeai involving two big groups occur. Whoever win the fight, will win.

However, Cho Hyeyeon played a double ko, which ensure her victory.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Template

So.. what's new about the blog? Yup! The layout of course.

I change the old layout to this one. I think this one is cool and its title is "Cosmic" sounds like something from my favorite player, Takemiya Masaki :)

I hope you guys like the new layout.

2nd BCCard Cup, round 1

The second series of the BCCard Cup World Baduk Championship has started in January 16. The tournament is an open tournament for both pro and ama players. Everyone who can win through the prelims can play in the main stage and get the chance to win the first place.

Here is the pairings and results for round 1:

Uuhh... Where are us?

Cho Hunhyun (9p,Korea) O vs. X On Sojin (5p, Korea)
Cho Hunhyun had the advantage since the beginning and never had a serious problem during the game.

Choi Myeonghun (9p, Korea) X vs. O Ding Wei (9p, China)
Both player chose to play big moyo game. But in the end, Ding came out ahead by 4.5 points

Iyama Yuta (9p, Japan) O vs. X Na Hyun (5d, Korea)
The Japan Meijin played his game very well. He won by resignation against the Na Hyun who beat Yu Bin one of the China's top player in the preliminary.

Niu Yutian (7 p, China) O vs. X Lee Seungjae (9p, Korea)
The game ended after Niu Yutian won a decisive ko fight.

Park Junghwan (7p, Korea) O vs. X Xie He (7p, China)
Park of Korea put Xie He of China to an end

Park Junghwan vs. Xie He

Lee Chungyu (2p, Korea) X vs. O Kim Ilhwan (9p, Korea)
The game was very interesting. A big semeai won by Kim.

Chen Shiyuan (8p, Taiwan) X vs. O Heo Yeongho (7p, Korea)
Chen Shiyuan who is dominating Taiwan's pro scene at the moment can't stand against Heo Yeongho from Korea. With his defeat, Taiwan lost their one and only representative in the tournament.

Zhou Ruiyang (5p, China) X vs. O Tuo Jiaxi (3p, Korea)
An interesting game showed by two young and promising Chinese rising star. A big exchange was played toward the end. Tuo won the game by resignation.

Kim Jiseok (6p, Korea) O vs. X Yun Hyuk (6p, Korea)
Kim killed Yun's group in the early game and won the game by resignation.

Li Xuanhao (2p, China) O vs. X Bae Junhee (3p, Korea)
The two players are rather unknown. Li Xuanhao played very well. He deserves the victory.

Choi Cheolhan (9p, Korea) O vs. X Song Taekon (9p, Korea)
Choi made it to the second round!

Tan Xiao (5p, China) O vs. X Zhou Heyang (9p, China)
Tan Xiao beat one of China's senior player and made his way to the second round.

Mok Jinseok (9p, Korea) O vs. X Kim Kiwon (1p, Korea)
Mok as Korea's top player surely didn't want to lose against Korean 1 dan. He won by 2.5 points in an interesting game.

Baek Daehyun (7p, Korea) X vs. O Peng Quan (7p, China)
Baek settled a big territory in the early game, but Peng made some profit in the center and won the game by 2.5 points.

Chang Hao (9p, China) O vs. X Wang Lei (8p, China)
Chang Hao successfully saved his big dragon and saved his neck in the first round.

An Dalhun (8p, Korea) X vs. O Kim Hyeoyimin (5p, Korea)
Kim Hyeoyimin made her way as the only female player in the second round by beating An Dalhun in a close game.

Park Yeonghun (9p, Korea) O vs. X Park Yeongyong (ama, Korea)
Kim Sooyong (3p, Korea) X vs. O Ryu Minhyung (1p, Korea)

Yamada Kimio (9p, Japan) O vs. X Zhong Wenjing (5p, China)
Perhaps this is the longest game at round 1. Yamada Kimio won the game by 1.5 points after 336 moves.

Yoo Changhyuk (9p, Korea) O vs. X Li He (2p, Korea)
Another big moyo game. Yoo played very well and didn't give the beautiful Li a chance and eventually won by 4.5 points.

Lee Sedol (9p, Korea) O vs. X Lee Juhyung (ama, Korea)
The return of Lee Sedol! I wonder if he will play regularly in Korea's tournament again from now on.

Lee Sedol vs. Lee Juhyung

Lee Wonyoung (1p, Korea) X vs. O Hong Sungji (7p, Korea)
Hong defended his big advantage and won by 8.5 points.

Kong Jie (9p, China) O vs. X Zhu Yuanhao (3p, China)
No surprise that Kong Jie won this game. He is in very good shape and of course want to add this tournament's title to his victory list.

Shi Yue (4p, China) O vs. X Sun Li (4p, China)
Sun Li had a strong position in the center, but he didn't maximally used it and resign, because the gap was too big.

Lee Changho (9p, Korea) X vs. O Han Taehee (ama, Korea)
Lee surprisingly lost to a Korean amateur in a 96 moves game!

Who's that man?

Wang Yao (6p, China) X vs. O An Choyeong (9p, Korea)
An Joyeong handled Wang's weak group very well. He eventually killed a big dragon in the end.

Gu Li (9p, China) O vs. X Choi Hyunjae (ama, Korea)
It seems that the Chinese grand slam is too strong for Choi Hyunjae to handle.

Park Jiyeon (2p, Korea) X vs. O Zhang Li (5p, China)
Zhang created an uncomfortable choice for Park, which made sure his victory.

Kang Dongyun (9p, Korea) X vs. O Kim Kiyoung (5p, Korea)
Kang must sacrifice a group to save his bigger group. Though he later got a big black's group, it wasn't enough to win the game.

Baek Hongsuk (7p, Korea) X vs. O Han Wounggyu (2p, Korea)
An interesting mirror go played by both players! Han came out slightly ahead in the end game.

Liu Xing (7p, China) X vs. O Kim Minsoo (7p, Korea)
Liu had a strong moyo in the upper board, but later Kim reduced it very well, and gave him a resignation victory.

Park Seunghyun (6p, Korea) O vs. X Weon Sungjin (9p, Korea)
Park used his thickness very well. Weon got a chance to create big territory due to Park's mistake. Unfortunately it wasn't enough.

Ugh! What a game.

Interesting game of round 1:
Baek Hongsuk vs. Han Wounggyu
Lee Chungyu vs. Kim Ilhwan
Li Xuanhao vs. Bae Junhe

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Poll: Who Will Win the 34th Japanese Kisei?

Who will win the 34th Kisei title?
Yamashita Keigo
Cho U free polls

Cho U Won the First Game

The first game of the 34th Japanese Kisei title match was played in January 14,15 in Taiwan.

The 4 times consecutive title holder, Yamashita Keigo is challenged by Cho U who challenge this title for the first time.
Cho lost his title, Tengen, in December to Yamashita Keigo. So, we can say that Cho has enough motivation to steal the title from Yamashita.

The game started by black approching white in the right. White decided to play two spaces high pincer. Black chose to play his second approach with a high approach. Usually the high approach is played with some support in the left, but black perhaps has something else in his mind.
The sequence went with black taking the corner, while white took the right side.

After several moves, white made a variation in a joseki at the left bottom. White's move at move 24 usually played at J3 or K3, but plying those moves at this position will be disadvantageous, since white already has a stone at M3 (which will make his position overconcentrate). The problem with this move is the cut at J3, but since black prefer to enclosed his corner, White fix the problem with N3.

Day 1 ended at move 72 with Yamashita Keigo did the sealing move.

Yamashita Keigo handed the sealing move.

Day 2 started with black playing his kosumi tsuke, the Kisei's sealing move.

Black played a squeeze with his combination from 79-87. Black got a position in the center, but later he let the group die to prevent white from enclosing the right side.

The game went "wild" in the end. Black played a surprising move at move 189. He let himself in an all-or-nothing ko fight. Black can avoid the fight by playing A13. I wonder why black chose the fight, since I don't think black was behind.

Black eventually resigned after 234 moves. White ignored black's threat at move 233, eventhough it threatened a group, Cho decided that he has enough points to win and he was right.

Cho U won the first game

With this, the challenger started the series by a victory.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Prayer

Thank you for blessing the road I walk on
That I'm walking on
I'm sorry for every mistake I fall on
Can't help but fall

You've changed this heart in me
And I know, I can always count on you
To give me the signs

In the wind on my face
Each time I try to run
From the sight of your grace
From the wrongs I have done

You shine down your light
Each time I need a guide
I say to hearts in despair
There's an answer to a prayer

Give me true love in my life, a peaceful mind
Save me from harm
Pull me back if I ever try to walk away
Don't let me stray

You've changed this heart in me
And I know I can always count on you
To give me the signs

In the wind on my face
Each time I try to run
From the sight of your grace
From the wrongs I have done

You shine down your light
Each time I need a guide
I say to hearts in despair
There's an answer to a prayer
Say to all hearts in despair, there's an answer to a prayer

You've changed this heart in me
And I know I can always count on you
To hear my prayers

You shine down your light
And I know there's an answer to a prayer

You shine down your light
Each time I need a guide
I say to hearts in despair
There's an answer to a prayer

Above is the lyric from singer Anggun, titled "A Prayer". Recently I really love this song. :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Go Trivia

Could you mention the name of this player?

EDIT: The answer is Hane Yasumasa. He is the father of current Honinbo, Hane Naoki. He is the sixth player in Nihon Kiin History to hit the 1,100 victories mark.

Tsumego (14): Answer

Here is the answer for tsumego 14

After white connects, black can tries to attack white's marked group, but it's actually a mistake.
it's a mistake.

Black plays a forcing move with 2. White defends with 3. The semeai continues, but white combination at 5 and 7 makes
black lost the semeai by 1 liberty.

Even if black tries to follow the rule of semeai ("Create eye(s) when semeai") won't work, since she'll still lost by 1 liberty.

The answer for this tsumego is ko fight. Black cuts at L18. White answers with 2, avoiding atari. Black plays another atari with 3. Black answers at 4.
Black can't play 4 at N19, since the ko fight will be clearly favorable for black. Black continue by creating a ladder with 5 and white avoid by 6. Black play 7 to stage a ko fight.
White takes first, then black plays 8 as a ko threat. White defends with 9 to avoid losing his group, then black retake the ko with 11. The game continues with 12 and 13, then white retake the ko.
Black plays at 15 as a ko fight. White can still continue the semeai by playing 16. Black retake the ko. White plays 18. Black defends. White retake with 20. Black attacks the white's group with 21.
White can try to kill black's big dragon, but after black retake the ko, white will run out of ko threat and black alive.

The problem came from 43rd Korean Kuksu, winner group final between Lee Changho (white) vs. Rui Naiwei (black).

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tsumego (14) : Nw Year New Tsumego

It's been a wek since new yar, yet I haven't got a chance to post anything. So this is my first post of the year :)

At the following diagram, white resigned after black's move at J16. Let say that white didn't resign and play at A instead.

Could you find the sequence for black to win? Have fun!.