Gu Li Strikes Back, Winning Game 3 in MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango

Gu Li 9p (right) chalked up his first win in the MLily Gu vs Lee jubango, forcing Lee Sedol 9p to resign in game 3 on Sunday, March 30. Lee and Gu faced one another in Chengdu – the capital city of Sichuan, China – having traveled straight there after their game at the 10th Chunlan Cup two days earlier.

Lee won game 2 of this historic jubango in February, he led the 10 game match 2-0. Since Gu lost game 2 in regrettable circumstances, many go fans reasonably surmised that Lee would have the psychological advantage going into the third game, but over the last week, Gu defeated Lee in the 4th Zhaoshang Cup (a China vs Korea team tournament) on March 23, and followed it up with another win at the 10th Chunlan Cup on the 28th, which may have helped to restore Gu’s confidence. The win is heartening not only for Gu, of course, but for go fans worldwide who are doubtless hoping the jubango will go the full 10 games.
– Based on Go Game Guru’s report, which includes the game record and An Younggil 8p’s brief analysis. 


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U.S. Go Congress Registration Opens with Special Rebate Offer

Registration for the 2014 U.S. Go Congress has opened with a special offer: $50 cash for using your AGA Capital One Visa credit card. Use it to pay for the Congress and you’ll get an extra $10, for a total of $60. “This year’s Congress is in New York City, one of the continent’s premier destinations,” says AGA president Andy Okun. “To help Congress attendees enjoy themselves in the Big Apple, we’re offering $50 cash walking-around money to any Congress attendee who at the time of registration shows us their AGA Capital One Visa credit card and tells us, hand on heart, they have bought something with it.” 

Possible New York City uses for this cash windfall include museum entry, cab fare, hot dogs, pretzels with mustard, lemonade, pizza slices “or oysters,” says Okun, noting that author Mark Kurlansky has argued that New York should really be called “The Big Oyster”. Oysters used to be plentiful in New York, and when European settlers first arrived, it is estimated that half of the oysters in the world were in New York’s harbors, inlets and riverbeds. Although that’s no longer the case, “$50 should get get you a dozen Blue Point oysters, a bowl of clam chowder and two beers at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station,” Okun says.
One payment per credit card. The AGA affinity card is a no fee credit card, “so it costs you nothing to apply and use the card,” says Okun. The AGA receives a one-time payment of $50 the first time you use it and a percentage of your spending on the card thereafter. Click here to apply for the card and here to register for the Congress.


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Matthew Burrall & Tai-An Cha Top Davis/Sacramento Tournament

Matthew Burrall 6d and Tai-An Cha 5k topped their divisions in the Davis/Sacramento Go Club’s Spring Tournament at the Arden-Dimick library in Sacramento on March 29, 2014. There was a field of 17 players ranging in strength from about 20 kyu to 6 dan. “This was the largest number of player that we have had at one of our tournaments in quite a while,” reports Willard Haynes.
photo: Matthew Burrall 6d (left) and Tai-An Cha 5k

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NOVA Cherry Blossom Report

The annual NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament was held on Saturday, March 29, at George Mason University Law School in Arlington, VA. Thirty-nine players participated, including long-distance commuter Paul Celmer from North Carolina. “A special visitor was Mr. I. Moon, Chairman of the Board of the Fairfax County Board of Education, who is promoting go and recruiting go teachers for his elementary schools,” reports organizer Allan Abramson. Reach Moon at

Winners Report:
First place: Justin Teng, 7D, 3-1; Muyuan Wang, 3D, 4-0; Julian Erville, 1K, 4-0; Darren Bias, 4K, 4-0; Barreal Anderson, 9K, 3-0; Steve Manning, 11K, 3-1; and Jonathan Luo, 15K, 3-1
Second place: Josh Lee, 5D, 3-1; Nathan Epstein, 1D, 2-1; Frank Luo, 1K, and Frederick Bao, 2K (tied at 3-1); Matt Payton, 5K, 2-2; Bob Crites, 9K, 3-1; Liam Royce, 11K, and Kevin Stefanik, 11K (tied at 2-2); and Caroline Scheck, 15K, and Sarah Crites, 18K (tied at 2-2)

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Go Quiz: Best Western Go Reference?

THE LITTLE RED BOOK: For many, this volume of the Elementary Go Series (available from Kiseido and SmartGoBooks) was the book they were waiting for – the book that taught the West how to fight. Rarely a day goes by without someone responding to a query on KGS with the simple directive “Read Attack and Defense”. When your quizmaster did a poll on the best English-language go books, Akira Ishida and James Davies’ effort received many praises. 13 out of 17 of you read the position correctly. As for those who consult his joseki dictionary regularly, you are better players than your quizmaster, for you open your go books and do not simply look at the covers, but a look at the cover of “The Dictionary of Basic Joseki” will show that it was authored by Ishida Yoshio (and translated by John Power). For your information, the two “fors” in sentence one, four and five of this week’s column are for Roland Crowl, who pointed out my egregious grammatical error in last week’s question and missed by my editor. Congratulations to Reinhold Burger of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, this week’s winner, selected at random from those answering correctly.

THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: Speaking of polls, this week, in celebration of go’s prominent role on MTV’s Teen Wolf, as covered in the E-Journal, let’s hear from you on what you think is the best Western cultural reference to go. We will limit the answers to English language and it must be something featuring or mentioning go, but not directly about go or go instruction. And it needs to be original – so the obvious choice of Hikaru No Go does NOT qualify. I will judge the best response on such objective criteria as coolness, popularity, appropriateness and correctness of the reference. This can be books, TV, movies, advertising or news events. Click here to submit your nomination; I look forward to hearing from all of you.
– Keith Arnold, HKA, EJ Quizmaster.

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Gu Li strikes back: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol jubango – Game 3

Gu Li 9p chalked up his first win in the MLily Gu vs Lee jubango, forcing Lee Sedol 9p to resign in game 3, on March 30, 2014.

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Lee Sedol (left) and Gu Li, in Chengdu, China.

Lee and Gu faced one another in Chengdu – the capital city of Sichuan, China – having traveled straight there after their game at the 10th Chunlan Cup two days earlier.

The only game that mattered

After Lee won game 2 of this jubango in February, he led the 10 game match 2-0.

Since Gu lost game 2 in regrettable circumstances, many Go fans reasonably surmised that Lee would have the psychological advantage going into the third game today.

However, over the last week, Lee and Gu have played three games together. Not only is this very unusual, but it may have helped to restore Gu’s confidence.

Gu defeated Lee in the 4th Zhaoshang Cup (a China vs Korea team tournament) on March 23, and followed it up with another win at the 10th Chunlan Cup on the 28th.

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Gu Li 9 dan (left) plays Lee Sedol 9 dan in the third game of their jubango.

Because of this, it’s hard to say who had the momentum going into today’s game. Some commentators argued that Lee was saving his energy for the jubango, but perhaps that’s because they were rooting for Lee.

We do know one thing for sure though; that today’s game was the only one that really mattered to both players. And Gu Li won.

Good news for Go fans

This is, of course, good news for all Go fans – except perhaps the most die hard Lee Sedol fans. A close score increases the likelihood that we’ll be able to enjoy all 10 games.

It also makes the series more exciting to follow.

An Younggil’s brief game analysis

Go Game Guru’s An Younggil 8p discussed the game live with Baduk TV Live subscribers. This is his initial brief commentary of the key points in the game:

Black 17 was an interesting attachment, and the first fight started there. The result up to 31 was a bit better for White (Gu Li), because he became very thick and powerful at the top.

White 36 was an unusual move, and a big fight began when Black responded at 37. It was very complicated, and the result up to 61 was playable for both.

Black 63 was a severe response to White’s attachment at 62 and the trade up to 71 looked playable for Black, but it was actually an even result.

White 78 and 82 were a nice combination, and the invasion at 86 was painful for Black, because White’s influence at the top was too strong.

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Gu Li’s invasion at White 86 was painful for Lee Sedol.

Black 87 and 89 were questionable, and White 90 showed Gu Li’s nice sense of play. Black 91 was an another questionable move, and White executed a nice counter-attack with 92 and 94.

White established a solid lead with 102, but Lee started to catch up again with 113 and 115. White 116 and 124 were slack, and Lee caught up through to 144.

However, Black 147 was a big mistake, and the game became difficult for Black again. And when White played at 162, the game became desperate for Black.

White 178 was a big mistake too, but Gu stayed calm with 182 and maintained his lead.

Black 185 was the last losing move for Lee. It should have been played at 186 instead. Black couldn’t find any more chances to catch up after White 188 and Lee Sedol resigned soon afterwards.

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Gu Li erred with White 178, but kept his cool and won by resignation.

It was a very interesting game to watch, but both players seemed to make more mistakes than they usually do. That could be because it was a very complicated game, but they also they seemed to lose focus at some points in the game.

Recently, both Lee and Gu have played quite a lot of games and they had very little time to rest before today’s game. I think they both seem exhausted and neither player is in their best form at the moment.

Both players will work hard to recover and get back into shape – physically and mentally – in time for game 4.

More commentary to follow soon

Reviewing the game in detail will take more time, but Younggil will be back soon with his full commentary of game 3.

While you’re waiting, you can review all our articles about the match so far on our Gu Li vs Lee Sedol Jubango page.

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Game record

Lee Sedol vs Gu Li

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David Ormerod, with Younggil An and Jingning Xue

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The 10th Chunlan Cup begins in China

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The Chunlan Cup is an international tournament for 24 players.

The 10th Chunlan Cup kicked off on March 26, 2014, in Taezhou, China.

The Chunlan Cup is an invitational tournament for 24 top players from around the world.

In the first round, 16 unseeded players vied for a spot in the second round.

They were joined by the remaining 8 seeded players in round two, on March 28.

Round 1

North America and Europe

This year’s North American and European representatives – Jiang Mingjiu 7p and Fan Hui 2p – are certainly no strangers to the Western Go community.

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Jiang Mingjiu 7 dan represented North America and Fan Hui 2 dan represented France.

Jiang teaches Go in the USA, while Fan is the official coach for the French Go Federation.

Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the first round by China’s Tuo Jiaxi 9p and Japan’s Cho U 9p respectively.

Taiwan and Japan

Taiwan’s representative, Wang Yuanjun 7p, was also knocked out in round one, by Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9p.

Wang, who’s currently regarded by many as Taiwan’s strongest player, gave Iyama a scare in a close game. However, Iyama was able to win by half a point after Wang made a mistake in the endgame.

Japan had two other players advance to the second round after Kono Rin 9p defeated Fan Tingyu 9p and Murakawa Daisuke 7p defeated Lian Xiao 7p.

The other winners from round one were Tang Weixing 9p, Mi Yuting 9p and Gu Li 9p.

Lots were drawn to determine which seeded player the winners of the first round would face in round two.

2014′s seeded players

This year, seeds were awarded to Chen Yaoye 9p, Jiang Weijie 9p, Zhou Ruiyang 9p, Shi Yue 9p, Lee Sedol 9p, Park Junghwan 9p, Kim Jiseok 9p, and Choi Cheolhan 9p.

As we mentioned yesterday, the universe seemed to be playing some sort of joke in once again pairing Gu Li against Lee Sedol. However, it’s worth noting that several international tournaments, including the Chunlan Cup, setup the draw to minimize intra-country clashes in the earlier rounds.

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Gu Li 9 dan draws Lee Sedol 9 dan as his opponent in round two.

Round 1 results table

Here are the full results from round one:

Winner Result Loser
Mi Yuting 9p B+R Mok Jinseok 9p
Gu Li 9p B+R Kim Junghyun 4p
Murakawa Daisuke 7p B+R Lian Xiao 7p
Tang Weixing 9p B+R Yamashita Keigo 9p
Kono Rin 9p B+R Fan Tingyu 9p
Iyama Yuta 9p W+0.5 Wang Yuanjun 7p
Cho U 9p B+R Fan Hui 2p
Tuo Jiaxi 9p B+R Jiang Mingjiu 7p


Brief commentary on round 1

An Younggil 8p provided some brief commentary on selected games.

Murakawa Daisuke (B) vs Lian Xiao

The first fight began with White 52. Up to White 88, the game was even. White 92 was questionable, and Black 101 and 103 were a nice counter-attack.

Black took the lead up to 129, after establishing a large territory. Black 207 and 209 were very nice endgame tesuji to finish the game.

Kono Rin (B) vs Fan Tingyu

The opening was peaceful, and both players seemed to like that. Black 31 and 33 were a nice sequence and, up to 37, the opening was favorable for Black.

Black 71 was big, and the game was still good for Kono. White 94 and 96 were a nice combination and the game became very close. In the end, Kono was winning by half a point, and Fan resigned.

Iyama Yuta (W) vs Wang Yuanjun

Black started with nice opening, and the game was favorable for Black up to 67. Black developed a large territory in the center up to move 91, but he should have exchanged F17 for G17.

The game became very close up to 110. Black 175 was the losing move, and White reversed the game with 176 and 180.

Round 2

Round two was played on March 28, 2014.

Gu Li and Lee Sedol – Game 40

The majority of attention was on the game between Gu Li and Lee Sedol. This happened to be their 40th encounter.

Gu managed to give himself another mental boost before Sunday’s Jubango, by defeating Lee in a close game.

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Gu Li (left) plays Lee Sedol at the 10th Chunlan Cup

A disappointing round for Japan

After a great opening round, Japan made a disappointing showing in round two.

Zhou Ruiyang had a surprisingly straightforward win over Iyama Yuta. Meanwhile, Murakawa Daisuke and Kono Rin also failed to progress to the quarter finals, falling to China’s Shi Yue and Chen Yaoye.

However, Cho U had better luck than his compatriots, defeating China’s Jiang Weijie convincingly.

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Chen Yaoye 9 dan (left) defeated Kono Rin 9 dan.

Round 2 results table

The full results from round two are as follows:

Winner Result Loser
Park Junghwan 9p W+R Tang Weixing 9p
Gu Li 9p B+R Lee Sedol 9p
Mi Yuting 9p B+R Choi Cheolhan 9p
Kim Jiseok 9p W+R Tuo Jiaxi 9p
Zhou Ruiyang 9p B+R Iyama Yuta 9p
Chen Yaoye 9p W+R Kono Rin 9p
Cho U 9p W+R Jiang Weijie 9p
Shi Yue 9p B+R Murakawa Daisuke 7p


Brief commentary on round 2

Here’s Younggil’s quick review of the key points from round two:

Park Junghwan (W) vs Tang Weixing

White had a nice start up to 60 and a big fight started with Black 63. A ko fight began at move 95, and the result up to 148 was still good for White.

Black 149 and 155 were a good combination, and the game became very complicated up to 177. White 188 and 194 were good moves and Park managed to save the game.

Gu Li (B) vs Lee Sedol

The opening up to 57 was successful for Black. There was a big ko fight and the trade up to 104 was good for Black.

White 116 was a very nice tesuji, and White 132 was typical of Lee Sedol, making the game complicated. Lee caught up by attacking Black’s left side group, and the game became very close up to 218.

White 250 was the losing move, and Gu won the game with 251 and 257. In the end, Lee was losing half a point, so he resigned.

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Lee Sedol after the game.

Cho U (W) vs Jiang Weijie

Cho U started the game with a joseki he invented, at White 6 and 8. Black 29 and 31 were questionable, and the opening up to 40 was favorable for White.

White 66 and 68 were sharp, and the result up to 86 was successful for White. White 94 was a very good move and Cho maintained a solid lead up to 104.

White 132 was a brilliant move and the game was practically over at that point. It was a great game by Cho U.

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Jiang Weijie 9 dan (left) was defeated by Cho U 9 dan. Cho will be Japan’s only representative in the quarter finals.

Zhou Ruiyang (B) vs Iyama Yuta

Black 29 and 31 were a nice combination and Zhou got off to a good start. Black 43 and 45 were practical and severe, and Iyama was in trouble.

Up to 67, Black made a big territory, and the game was still good for him. Iyama started to attack with 68, but Zhou’s responses were perfect up to 85.

Black 119 and 121 were very sharp, and White’s eye shape was gone. After Black 127, Iyama couldn’t find any chances to catch up, and he resigned soon afterwards.

Quarter finals

The quarter finals and the semifinals will be played in late 2014 and the final will be played in 2015. As always, we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

The pairings for the quarter finals are as follows:

  • Gu Li 9p vs Cho U 9p
  • Chen Yaoye 9p vs Park Junghwan 9p
  • Mi Yuting 9p vs Kim Jiseok 9p
  • Shi Yue 9p vs Zhou Ruiyang 9p
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10th Chunlan Cup Quarter Finalists (from left): Kim Jiseok, Gu Li, Cho U, Chen Yaoye, Zhou Ruiyang, Shi Yue, Mi Yuting and Park Junghwan.

Gu Li and Lee Sedol’s busy schedule

While everyone else heads home for the time being, Gu and Lee head straight to Chengdu for their match on Sunday. They both have one day to rest in between.

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, a neighbouring province to Gu’s hometown, Chongqing.

The Chunlan Cup

The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. In addition to players from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, a European and a North American representative are also invited.

The top 8 seeded players proceed directly to round two, while the remaining 16 play a single elimination round, knocking out 8 players. After the first round, the remaining 16 players compete in a knockout tournament, culminating in a best of three final.

The tournament is sponsored by Chunlan Group, a Chinese conglomerate with interests in the air conditioning, domestic appliance, automotive, finance and alternative energy industries.

The Chunlan Cup uses Chinese rules, with a komi of 7.5 points, and offers a prize of $150,000 USD to the winner.

10th Chunlan Cup photos

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Mi Yuting Choi Cheolhan 10th Chunlan Cup 150x150 picture
Lee Sedol Gu Li 10th Chunlan Cup 150x150 picture
Jiang Weijie Cho U 10th Chunlan Cup 150x150 picture
Jiang Minjiu Fan Hui 10th Chunlan Cup 150x150 picture
Gu Li Lee Sedol 10th Chunlan Cup 150x150 picture
Chen Yaoye Kono Rin 10th Chunlan Cup 150x150 picture

Game records

Click here to download a selection of other game records from rounds one and two.

Gu Li vs Lee Sedol

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Jiang Weijie vs Cho U

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Zhou Ruiyang vs Iyama Yuta

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Jingning Xue, with Younggil An and David Ormerod.

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