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Review: San-RenSei opening by white… w+5.5

Ranginduck (b) vs. Tonkla (w)… w +5.5 (komi: 6.5, playtime: 30 min + 5×30 byo-yomi)

This game was played between two SDKs (5k) in 2009 on KGS… an interesting SanRensei opening played by white and black here answered with P4 – R4 for bottom right corner instead of Q4.

White traditionally attacked black’s top right corner and used the pincer on right side (R14) to run out. – It shows black’s weakness in reading deeply which gave white the chance to limit black’s extension (invasion) down to one single point (J13) …. white’s base on right side and playing back isolated black by playing L17 but failed to kill its group completly.

Untypically the defensive move 54 by white on C7 which gave black more space to expand into white’s moyo with K13… as a better option I would see F5 to extend the centre oriented moyo with two wings.

It was a close win for white with 5.5 points instead black had played first the centre stone (K10).

tonkla-5k-raginduck-5k-KGS-20090406.sgf (22.0 KB)

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19th LG CUP 2014 (quarter and semi finals): The Korean Comeback…

gogameguru-logoThe quarter and semifinals of the 19th LG Cup were played on November 17 and 19, 2014, in Gangwon, Korea. Here a short review (as 1:1 reprint with CC Licencese) by Jing on 20th November 2014 (found @ GoGameGuru)


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Jing likes writing, and can occasionally be convinced to play a game of Go. Although she doesn’t play Go as often as she once did, she still enjoys following the professional Go scene and writing about it on Go Game Guru. You can find Jing on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

And then there were four

When GoGameGuru last reported on the LG Cup, Korea and China were evenly pegged – with four players each in the quarter finals.

Korean fans were quietly optimistic after last year’s disastrous 18th LG Cup and the Korean players more than redeemed themselves!

Park Junghwan 9p dispatched Chen Yaoye 9p without too much fuss.


Meanwhile, Choi Cheolhan 9p proved too strong for Fan Tingyu 9p.


Park Younghun 9p taught youngster Xie Erhao 2p a lesson or two.


And Kim Jiseok 9p knocked out the defending champion, Tuo Jiaxi 9p.


Two friends in the finals

While Korean fans were celebrating prematurely, with the title secured for Korea, there was more work to be done for the Korean players.

But first things first – reviewing their wins from the quarter finals!


Kim’s sharp reading and perfect endgame secured his second international final appearance.


Kim will be joined by his good friend, Park Junghwan, who outlasted Park Younghun.

The finals

wo Parks – Park Younghun 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

wo Parks – Park Younghun 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.


The finals will be played at Seoul National University, from February 9 to 12, 2015.

Park Junghwan and Kim Jiseok will face one another in a best of three match.

The LG Cup

lg_top_logo_engThe LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 300 million Won approximately $270,00 USD at the time of writing). The runner up receives 100 million Won.

The main draw of 32 players is part invitational, comprising of 5 Korean players, 5 Chinese players, 4 Japanese players, 1 Taiwanese player and including the previous year’s winner and runner up.

The rest of the main draw is determined through a preliminary tournament. The format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of three games.

The tournament is sponsored by LG Electronics, a multinational consumer electronics company whose headquarters are in South Korea.

The time limit is 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.

(Source: 11/20/2014 – GoGameGuru)

Download / Install the programme for Live Cast from the official LG Cup website


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