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JINS WIN IN OLLEH KT CUP

Saturday June 5, 2010

Jin Donggyu 5P defeated Hong Sungji 8P by resignation in tournament play Monday, May 31 at the 2010 Olleh KT Cup, and Jin Siyoung 4P defeated Kang Yootaek 3P by half a point.
-JustPlayGo

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WON SUNGJIN ADVANCES TO THIRD ROUND IN CALTEX CUP

Tuesday June 1, 2010

Won Sungjin 9P defeated Kim Seongryong 9P by resignation on Sunday, in the second round of the CS Caltex Cup. The round will conclude on June 11th with a game between Lee Changho and Kim Junghyun. The winner of the 15th annual tournament will play for the title against last year’s Cup winner Cho Hanseung.
- JustPlayGo

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YAMASHITA KEIGO TIES UP HONINBO 1-1

Tuesday June 1, 2010

Yamashita Keigo 9P defeated Hane Naoki 9P by 1.5 points in the second round of the 65th Honinbo, tying their series at 1-1. Click below for game record. The third round will be June 8-9.
- JustPlayGo

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HONG SUNGJI ONE LOSS FROM ELIMINATION IN IN MYEONGIN LEAGUE

Tuesday June 1, 2010

Kim Miyoung 5p defeated Hong Sungji 8p by resignation on Thursday, in the 38th Myeongin’s B League. Now 0-2, Hong Sungji must win his next three games in order to advance to the finals , while Kim Kiyoung enter the third round in a more comfortable position with one win and one loss.
- JustPlayGo

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PRICE INFORMATION CUP FINISHES PRELIMS

Friday May 28, 2010

Lee Changho 9d defeated Yoo Changhyuk 9d by resignation on Wednesday. Theirs was the last League A preliminary game, and eight players now remain in the 6th Price Information Cup: Lee Changho, Park Yeonghun, Lee Sedol, Park Junghwan, Choi Cheolhan, Heo Yeongho, Won Sungjin, and Kang Dongyun.
- JustPlayGo

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PARK JUNGSANG WINS FIRST OLLEH KT CUP

Thursday May 27, 2010

Park Jungsang 9d defeated Hong Kipyo 4d by 11.5 points in the inaugural Olleh KT Cup, a Korean professional tournament sponsored by the Olleh KT telecommunications company. This tournament, with a total of nearly $600,000 (700 million won) in prize money.
-from JustPlayGo

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KIM SEONGJAE EVENS SCORE IN MYEONGIN A-LEAGUE

Thursday May 27, 2010

Kim Seongjae 3P defeated An Kukhyun 1P by 4.5 points, giving both players a 1-1 standing in League A play of the 38th Myeongin. An Kukhyun’s earlier victory came against Lee Changho 9d (click here for more information on this match). Sponsored by High1 Resort, the Myeongin is currently the richest tournament in Korea, with about $712,000 in prize money.
-from JustPlayGo

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LEE SEDOL ADVANCES TO PRICE INFORMATION CUP FINALS

Thursday May 27, 2010

Lee Sedol 9P advanced to the finals of the Price Information Cup after defeating Kim Jiseok 7P by resignation after just 114 moves in the final game of League B play. Jiseok, who has experienced a bumpy start this year, was last year’s Price Information Cup winner. Lee Changho and Yoo Changhyuk will play the final league game on May 26th.
-from JustPlayGo

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LEE CHANGHO LEADS TEAM NETMARBLE TO VICTORY

Wednesday May 26, 2010

Lee Changho 9P earned a win in the first stage of league play in the 2010 Korean Baduk League Cup when Jong Sungji resigned after 135 moves. Combined with wins from Kim Seongjae 3P and Song Taekon 9P, Changho’s win gave Team Netmarble a 3-2 victory over Team Kixx.
-from JustPlayGo

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KOREA AND CHINA DOMINATING RIVALRY AMONG MAJOR GO POWERS

Wednesday May 26, 2010

With the 31st annual World Amateur Go Championships now underway and being held this year for only the second time in China, a look at the current status of the longtime rivalry between the three major go powers is instructive. There are nine currently active international tournaments – the Nongshim, Ing, BC Card, Jeongganjang, Asian TV, Fujitsu, LG, Samsung, and Chunlan — that involve China, Japan, and Korea. Half of the latest winners of these are Chinese, and the other half are Korean. The most recent victory by the Japanese was four years ago, at the 7th Nongshim Cup in 2006 when Yoda Norimoto 9P, in the final game, managed to defeat “iron door” Lee Changho 9P of Korea, who had finished off a win for the Koreans in the first six editions of this win-and-continue team tournament. Several titles have been completely controlled by the Chinese and Koreans. The Ing Cup, which currently has the biggest purse, has been won five times by Koreans and once by Chinese. The Japanese were runners-up twice. The international BC Card Cup, which includes a Taiwanese representative and has one-hour basic time and 30 seconds byoyomi, has been won once by a Korean representative and once by a Chinese. The Jeongganjang Cup, a team event for women pros, has been split five-three between Korean (five wins) and Chinese teams. Others, mostly longer-running events, have had occasional Japanese winners. The Asian TV Fast Game Cup (ten minutes and then thirty seconds) has been won nine times by Japanese players, most recently by Cho U 9P in 2005. Otherwise, the Koreans have seven victories versus five for the Chinese. This is the only event in this group won more often by the Japanese than by either of the other two countries. The Fujitsu is the longest-running of these tournaments and the most fully international. It guarantees a place in the main tournament for representatives from the Americas and Europe as well as Taiwan. On rare occasions one of these representatives has won a game. The Koreans have triumphed in it fourteen times, the Japanese six, but the Chinese only twice. The LG Cup saw the only win of one of this group of events by a Taiwanese player, Zhou Junxun 9P in 2007. Otherwise the Koreans have seven wins and the Chinese four, with the Japanese coming out on top twice. The Samsung is open to all pros and some amateurs in the early stages. It has been won twice by the Japanese, three times by the Chinese, and nine times by Koreans. The Chunlan also includes Western and Taiwanese representatives. It has seen four victories by Koreans, two by Chinese, and one by a Japanese representative. If international events that are no longer held were included, the percentage of Japanese victories would be greater since they had better results in earlier days. At present it is clear that the battle for international dominance is between Korea and China. Korea was clearly dominating until very recently, but China is now making a strong challenge for the top spot.
- Bill Cobb, based on reports on Sensei’s Library, Go News and GoGameWorld

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