Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 8

This is the eighth and final game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango.

Gu Li vs Lee Sedol Jubango Game 8 picture

Gu Li 9 dan (left, at board) and Lee Sedol 9 dan review the final game of their 10 game match.

This game was played on September 28, 2014, in Chongqing, China – which is Gu Li’s hometown.

The score going into this game was 5-2 in Lee Sedol’s favor which meant that this game was a kadoban for Gu and might be the last of the match.

In game 7, Gu had a nice opening, and Gu managed the game very smoothly until the middle game. However, Gu played a careless move, and Lee reversed the game with a sudden attack.

After Gu lost game 7, the atmosphere of the match changed, and a lot of Chinese journalists and Go fans lost interest in the Jubango. That’s because even if Gu won all three of the remaining games, the best result he could achieve was a tie.

We’re writing a book about this match

This commentary, and others, will form the basis for our Go book about Lee Sedol and Gu Li’s jubango. The actual book will contain a more extensive commentary of this game, but you can regard what you see below as a draft (learn more).

Please help us to make our first Go book as good as possible. There are several ways you can help us to improve the commentary below:

  1. Ask questions about the game – if anything is unclear, please let us know so we can explain it better!
  2. Point out any mistakes, even minor typos – our first draft is below. Because this is going to be a book, even small mistakes need to be fixed.
  3. Tell your friends and ask them to help too.

The rules of the game

The time limit for these games is 3 hours and 55 minutes, with 1 minute x 5 times byo-yomi. It’s traditional to subtract 5 minutes from the 4 hour total, because of the 5 x 1 minute periods.

There’s no lunch break scheduled for these games, but food is provided and the players are free to get up and eat whenever they want, throughout the game.

Anyway, let’s have a look at game 8 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango.

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Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Game 8

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