Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kato Tomoko Joining the Second Round

Another result from the 29th Female Honinbo. Kato Tomoko (5 dan) beat veteran Chinen Kaori (4 dan) by 2.5 points.

Kato Tomoko (5 dan)

Including this result, so far there are 5 players already made to the second round.

Here is the game record between Kato Tomoko vs. Chinen Kaori

Chinen Kaori vs. Kato Tomoko

Here is the game record from the 29th Female Honinbo, round 1. Black is Kato Tomoko (5dan) and white is Chinen Kaori (4dan). Black won the game by 2.5 points.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[Rating game]EV[29th Female Honinbo, round 1]
PB[Kato Tomoko]BR[5p]PW[Chine Kaori]WR[4p]KM[6.5]HA[0]RE[B+2.5]MULTIGOGM[1]

Female Mingren round 1

As I mentioned in my post before, the first round of the 1st Female Mingren was played at April 22. All but one well known player managed to the second round. Here is the result of round one.

Lu Jia won from Yu Zhiying.

Yu Zhiying (left) vs. Lu Jia (right)

Meng Zhaoyu won from Zhang Xiang

Meng Zhaoyu (left) vs. Zhang Xiang (right)

Zheng Yan won from Xie Shaobo

Zheng Yan (left) vs. Xie Shaobo (right)

Game record between Zheng Yan vs. Xie Shaobo

Wang Chenxing won from Li Chunhua

Li Chunhua (left) vs. Wang Chenxing (right)

Wang Hongju won from Tang Yi

Tang Yi (left) vs. Wang Hongju (right)

Wang Xiangyun won from Zhan Yueren

Wang Xiangyun (left) vs. Zhang Yueren (right)

Game record between Wang Xiangyun vs. Zhang Yueren

Song Ronghui won from Fan Yijing

Fan Yijing (left) vs. Song Ronghui (right)

Xie Shaobo vs. Zheng Yan

This is the game from the 1st Female Mingren round 1. Black is Zheng Yan (2 dan) and white is Xie Shaobo (1 dan). Black won the game by resignation.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[Rating game]EV[1st Female Mingren, round1]
PB[Zheng Yan]BR[2p]PW[Xie Shaobo]WR[1p]KM[7.5]HA[0]RE[Black Win by Resign!]MULTIGOGM[1]

Zhang Yueren vs. Wang Xiangyun

This is the game from the 1st Female Mingren round 1. Black is Wang Xiangyun (2dan) vs. Zhang Yueren (1 dan). Black won the game by resignation.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[Rating game]EV[1st Female Mingren, round 1]
PB[Wang Xiangyun]BR[2p]PW[Zhang Yueren]WR[1p]KM[7.5]HA[0]RE[Black+R]MULTIGOGM[1]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Five Women in LG Prelim Semi-Final

This year, the women got a pleasure result in the LG Cup preliminary. Five women player survived to semi-final so far.

The first is Suzuki Ayumi (5 dan) of Japan. She made a sensation when she beat Gu Lingyi (5 dan) of China who is one of China's rising star. Gu Lingyi recently beat Lee Changho in Chunlan Cup to reach the third stage where he'll play against Gu Li.

Ms. Suzuki then beat Moon Myeonggeun (9 dan) of Korea in the third round to win one semi-final seat.

Suzuki Ayumi (right) vs. Moon Myeonggeun (left)

Gu Lingyi interviewed over his lost to Suzuki Ayumi

Kim Miri (1 dan) of Korea showed that she deserved the title as "female future champ". She beat Japan's super star and current Daiwa title holder, Kono Rin. She'll play Niu Yutian (7 dan) of China in the semi-final.

Kim Miri

Park Jieun (9 dan) of Korea made her way to semi-final by beating Song Taekon (9 dan) and Choi Wonyong (6 dan) both from Korea.

Park Jieun

Li He (2 dan) of China also made her way to the semi-final. She'll play one of Japan's new pro, Hirata Tomoya. Ms. Li has the advantage in term of experience, since she already became China's team member at Jeongganjang Cup. She even helped China winning the tournament last year.

Li He

Last but not least, the strongest female player also made her way to the semi-final. The one and only Rui Naiwei. She beat Cho Sonjin, ex-Honinbo title holder to win her semi-final ticket. She'll play Wang Yao (6 dan) of China.

Rui Naiwei

15thLG Cup prelim

Monday, April 19, 2010

The First Female Mingren

There is a new championship in China. The championship is specially designed for female players. It is the 1st Female Mingren (Female Meijin).

Sixteen players will compete each other in a knock-out format tournament to be the first Female Mingren. This includes China's top female player such as Song Ronghui (5 dan), Tang Yi (2 dan), Li He (2 dan), and Lu Jia (2 dan)

Song Ronghui

Actually, back in 2003 there already a Female Mingren championship. However, it was discontinued in 2005. It seems that Jianqiao group is the new sponsor for this tournament. Perhaps that's way they recount the cycle.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Four Women Survived Second Round of LG Prelim

The 15th LG Cup was started! Starting with one week preliminary round and followed by the main round next month. So far, second round of the prelim has been played and four women players survived so far.

The first is Suzuki Ayumi (5 dan) of Japan who surprisingly beat Gu Lingyi (5 dan) of China. Gu Lingyi who recently entered the semi-final of CCTV Cup is one of China's rising star. He beat another female player, Shimosaka Miori (1 dan) of Japan in the first round.

Suzuki Ayumi

Next we have Park Sohyun (2 dan) of Korea. She beat Jang Myeonghan (5 dan) of Korea. However, she will has hard time in the third round where she'll play Mok Jinseok (9 dan) of Korea.

Park Sohyun

Kim Yunyoung (1 dan) of Korea won from her country mate, Kim Soojin (3 dan) of Korea. She'll play Wang Tao (3 dan) of China in the third round.

Kim Yunyoung

The fourth player is Lee Jihyun (4 dan) of Kore who beat Hong Jonghyun (9 dan) of Korea. She'll play Peng Liyao (5 dan) of China who beat Ko Geuntae (7 dan) of Korea today.

Also one other woman will join them in the third round. It'll be the winner between Okuda Aya (2 dan) of Japan vs. Kang Seunghee (2 dan) of Korea.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Park Jieun vs. Kang Dongyun

This is the game from the 6th Korean Prices Information Cup league D. Black is Kang Dongyun (9 dan) and white is Park Jieun (9 dan). Black won the game by 3.5 points.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[Rating game]DT[20100418]PB[Kang Dongyun]
BR[9p]PW[Park Jieun]WR[9p]KM[6.5]HA[0]RE[B+3.5]MULTIGOGM[1]

Park Jieun In Korean Prices Information Cup

Park Jieun, the third woman in history to achieve rank 9 dan entered league D of the Korean Prices Information Cup (KPIC). This tournament sponsored by Korean Prices Infomation Foundation using a 4 leagues tournament. Top 2 of both league will play in a knock-out game and the final using best of 3 games.

I don't understand how Park Jieun can entered the league. Perhaps by invitation, since she wasn't in the last preliminary.

Her first game was today. She played against Kang Dongyun. One of the rising star in Korea. Unfortunately, she lost the game by 3.5 point.

You can see the game record: ark Jieun vs. Kang Dongyun

Friday, April 16, 2010

Two More Players to Join the Second Round

After Mannami Nao and Kobayashi Izumi successfully won their games in the first round, two more players follow their steps.

The first player is Suzuki Ayumi (5 dan). She beat Konishi Kazuko (8 dan) by resignation using the black stone.

Suzuki Ayumi (5 dan)

The second is Mukai Chiaki (4 dan). She won by a very big margin (which is somewhat rare in professional games). She beat Sakakibara Fumiko (6 dan) by 16.5 points using the white stone.

Mukai Chiaki (left)

Too bad I can' find the game record anywhere :(

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rui Naiwei vs. Cho Hunhyun (2)

This is the game between Rui Naiwei (black, 9d) vs. Cho Hunhyun (white, 9d) from the 43rd Korean Kuksu title match game 3. Black won the game and also the title! Making Rui Naiwei the first woman in history to win an open title.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]EV[43rd Korean Kuksu, title match #3]DT[2000-02-21]
PB[Rui Naiwei]BR[9p]PW[Cho Hunhyun]WR[9p]KM[6.5]RE[B+R]MULTIGOGM[1]

Rui Naiwei vs. Cho Hunhyun (1)

This is the game between Rui Naiwei (black, 9d) vs. Cho Hunhyun (white, 9d) from the 43rd Korean Kuksu title match game 2. Black won the game by resignation.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]EV[43rd Korean Kuksu, title match #2]DT[2000-01-31]
PB[Rui Naiwei]BR[9p]PW[Cho Hunhyun]WR[9p]KM[6.5]RE[B+R]MULTIGOGM[1]

Rui Naiwei vs. Lee Changho

This is the game between Rui Naiwei (black, 9d) vs. Lee Changho (white, 9d)from the 43rd Korean Kuksu, winner group final. Black won the game by resignation.

I once covered a tsumego of why white resign in this game. You can look at the answer

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]EV[43rd Korean Kuksu, winner group final]
DT[2000-01-04]PB[Rui Naiwei]BR[9p]PW[Lee Changho]WR[9p]KM[6.5]RE[B+R]MULTIGOGM[1]

Woman of the Week : Rui Naiwei

Rui Naiwei is a female professional igo player who became the first woman to achieve 9 dan in igo history.

Rui Naiwei was born in December 28, 1963. She started to play igo at the age of 12. Though she started at a rather "late" age, she managed to be in the national squad in 4 years.

In 1980 she was 4th in the National Women's Championship (then the premier event for women). In 1981 she was 3rd, and in the following two years she came second.

Success at this level brought her automatic selection for the visit to Japan in the 1982 Japan-China Go Exchange, where she put quite a few Japanese noses out of joint by recording a 7-0 clean sweep, including victory against the Japanese women's champion. 1982 was the year that China first awarded dan grades. Rui was made 4-dan, but immediately qualified as 5-dan in the same year. She reached 6-dan in 1984, and finally turned pro when she reached 7-dan in 1985.

She was promoted to 9 dan in 1988

Rui left China abruptly in 1989, just after the Tiananmen Square Massacre. She then lived in Japan. Making friends with Komatsu Hideki and Yoda Norimoto whom she met during the igo exchange. They learned together in Fujisawa Shuko's study group.
Rui made a living easily enough by teaching go - she was the main instructor for a computer network - and by working in the international division of an insurance company.

A breakthrough came for Rui in 1992. The Taiwanese entrepreneur Ing Chang-ki was hosting his quadrennial Ing Cup, and he decided he wanted Rui and Jiang to be part of it. The Chinese at first objected, but since the Koreans and Japanese sided with Ing, he got his way. Then the Chinese said they wanted the first three rounds to be held in Shanghai, but as they wouldn't allow Jiang into Shanghai (it was this that gave credence to the Tian'an-men rumours) Ing decided they would play in Seoul.

It was a memorable tournament for Rui in two ways. First she announced, at the opening reception, that she and Jiang had married. Then, despite having no competitive games for two years in Japan, she stormed through to the semi-finals (Jiang lost in Round 1). This was the best achievement by far of any woman in the go world, and when the time came for her best-of-three match with Otake Hideo 9-dan of Japan in Taipei, she was already the darling of the Taiwanese media.

She lost the match, but not before registering one win against Otake, regarded as the pinnacle of female achievement thus far. She cried bitterly afterwards, not so much for her loss - she had already dreamt six times she had lost! - but because "there are no more games waiting for me."

With residence problems and the need to earn their livings, Jiang and Rui went separate ways after the Ing tournament, he back to California, she to Japan. But events in the go world were moving a little in their favour. It was the beginning of the growth in international events. In summer 1994, a Chinese jewellery company launched the short-lived Cui Bao (Kingfisher Treasure, i.e. jade) Cup as a Woman's World Championship. Rui won, in Beijing no less - so she at least was still perona grata in China.

In November of the same year, a Korean brewery company organised the longer lived Bohae Cup, with $30,000 first prize. This too was a woman's world championship, and since the Cui Bao Cup ended after one term, it could justifiably claim this status (it has since been replaced by the Hung Chang Cup). Rui won, as she was also to do in term 3 and 4.

Rui became the first woman ever to win an open championship in the igo world when she won the Kuksu title in 2000. She surprised everyone when he beat Lee Changho to win the right as the challenger. She gave even bigger surprise when she won the third game from Cho Hunhyun thus stealing the title from him.

She currently play as professional player in Korea and ruling the female section where she currently holds both Female Kuksu and Female Myeongin title.

Rui Naiwei (right) vs. Cho Hyeyeon (left) during the Female Myeongin title match earlier this year.

Here is the game records of the gmaes above:
Rui Naiwei vs. Lee Changho
Rui Naiwei vs. Cho Hunhyun, game 2
Rui Naiwei vs. Cho Hunhyun, game 3

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mannami Nao and Kobayashi Izumi Advances to the Second Round

The main tournament for Female Honinbo title is on the run again. Sixteen players will compete for one last spot as this year Female Honinbo's challenger.

So far there already two players confirmed to the second round. They are Mannami Nao (2 dan) and Kobayashi Izumi (6 dan).

Mannami Nao surprised many people when she beat veteran Aoki Kikuyo (8 dan) by 9.5 points.

Aoki played quite a dangerous opening. She let her group in the bottom board to be attacked in order to keep white's groups separated. Mannami handled the situation well and stake a big territory in the right side.

Mannami Nao

As for Kobayashi Izumi, the result is as predicted. Though nowadays Kobayashi Izumi doesn't avhieve much (comparing to his "glittering" result in the past), she is still one of the strongest Japanese female player.

Kobayashi Izumi opened the game by playing her husband's trademark move by bringing a new fashion in it. Cho U's usual move is the one space high approach. Kobayashi played the move one point to the left, making it as two spaces high approach.

Kobayashi Izumi won the game at move 172 since Mimura Kaori resigned (it was Mukai Kaori, one of the three Mukai sisters. However, since she married to Mimura Tomoyasu, she got her husband's family name).

Kobayashi Izumi

Here is the links to the game:
Mannami Nao vs. Aoki Kikuyo
Kobayashi Izumi vs. Mimura Kaori

Kobayashi Izumi vs. Mimura Kaori

This is the game between Kobayashi Izumi (6p,white) and Mimura Kaori (2p,black).
White won the game by resignation.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]GN[Rating game]PB[Mimura Kaori]BR[2p]PW[Kobayashi Izumi]

Aoki Kikuyo vs. Mannami Nao

This is the game from the 29th Female Honinbo main tournament, round 1. White is Aoki Kikuyo (8 dan) and black is Mannami Nao (2 dan).

Black won the game by 9.5 points.

(;CA[Windows-1252]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]PB[Mannami Nao]BR[2p]PW[Aoki Kikuyo]WR[8p]

Tsumego(2) : Answer

Here is the answer for Tsumego (2).

The answer is P2.

After the exchange from 2-5, white can't play at "A", since it is a self atari. Since white's group has no eye and it can't play at "A" (which is the key point of killing black's group), white is dead.

There is also an idea to play P1. Though it also leads black to live, but it is not the best choice, since the result is only seki.

Again, N1 is the key point which can't be occupied by either player, since it will be a self atari.

Tsumego (1) Answer

Here is the answer to tsumego(1).

The correct answer for this tsumego is R18. By playing this, black is avoided from being killed, as white can't play either "A" nor "B" (since it'll lead into white's dead).

Black fail if he play at another point.

For example, if black play at Q18, white will answer at R18 and ecentually kill black's group.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Trivia: International Game

Can you name these two professionals player who are playing the game?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tsumego (2)

Here is another tsumego. Black's group looks like to be dead, but actually there is a way to save it.

Black to move and live. Enjoy :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Woman of the Week: Lee Hajin

Lee Hajin (이하진) is a Korean professional 3 dan baduk player.

Born in South Korea at 21 June 1988, Hajin successfully became a professional player in November 2004.

This Korean food lover made a sensation when she started her debut in 2005 by an out-of-ordinary winning streaks. She beat Rui Naiwei 9p by resignation in the King of Kings round of the Electronic Land Cup tournament and she also pushed Cho Hyeyeon 6p (at that time), the title holder, out to "Losers' division" in the main round of the Female Myeongin (Female Meijin) championship.
Hajin also crushed a male player, Kim Myungwan 6p with her strong fists in the preliminary round of Hankuk Baduk League. With such a skill, no wonder why she was promoted to 2p in December 2005.

She was promoed to 3p in early 2007. In that year, she also became the member of the Korean team at the Jeongganjang cup. She beat Fan Yujing 2p of China and Mannami Kana 4p and ex-Female Kisei title holder of Japan in the championship. Korea became the champion at that time.

In 2008 she won her first title at the 5th ET Land Cup Female division. Not only that, she also made a good follow up to her ET Land victory by winning the bronze medal at the 1st World Mind Go Sports in China at the mixed pair division. She was paired with On Sojin. The duo beat Li He and Yu Bin of China in the decisive game for the medal.

In 2009, she made a big shot at the prestigious Female Kuksu title, however, she lost 2-0 to Rui Naiwei the title holder.

Lee Hajin (right) vs. Rui Naiwei (left) at the 14th Female Kuksu.

She currently attending Solbridge International School of Business. She said that she has a bigger dream than become a top professional player. She wants to "work for the global Go society. I don’t know what position it would be, but whatever it is, I want that.".

She also said to her interviewer at Solbridge that she "want to be an administration officer rather than an active player.".

She has a very nice English baduk website called Star Baduk.

Here is the links to the game I mentioned above:
Lee Hajin & On Sojin vs. Li He & Yu Bin
Lee Hajin vs. Rui Naiwei
Lee Hajin vs. Cho Hyeyeon

Cho Hyeyeon vs. Lee Hajin

This is the game between Cho Hyeyeon (white) and Lee Hajin (black) at the 7th Korean Female Myeongin, winner section round 1. Black won by resignation.

(;DT[2005-04-14]EV[7th Korean Female Myeongin, winner section round 1]
PB[Lee Hajin]PW[Cho Hyeyeon]

Rui Naiwei vs. Lee Hajin

This is the game between Rui Naiwei (white) vs. Lee Hajin (black) at the 2nd Korean King of Kings championship, round 1. Black won by resignation.

(;CA[Windows-1252]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]EV[2nd Korean King of Kings, round 1]DT[2005-03-19]
PB[Lee Hajin]PW[Rui Naiwei]KM[6.5]RE[B+R]MULTIGOGM[1]

Lee Hajin & On Sojin vs. Li He & Yu Bin

This is The game between Lee Hajin & On Sojin of Korea vs. Li He and Yu Bin of China at the third placer decisive game at the 1st World Mind Sport Games.

(;CA[windows-1250]SZ[19]AP[MultiGo:4.4.4]EV[WMSG 2008 Pairs Mixed]RO[11]DT[2008-10-17]
PC[Beijing]PB[Li He & Yu Bin]BT[CN]PW[Lee Ha Jin & On So Jin]WT[KR]KM[6.5]HA[0]

Tsumego 1

This is the first tsumego posted in this blog. So let start with an easy one.

Black to move and live. Enjoy :)

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