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July 29th, 2005

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Osram cup finalists, new Korean 10-dan title

The only news on the pro scene today comes from Korea. First off, Lee Yeongku, 4 dan, taking Black, defeated Ko Geuntae, 3 dan, by resignation in the second game of the best-of-3 semifinal of the Osram Cup for new Korean professionals. After winning the first game by half a point, this gives him the victory 2-0 in the semifinal. He will face Kang Dongyun, 3-dan in the best-of-3 final. Kang pulled off an upset in the other semi-final just over a week ago, defeating Pak Chi-eun, 6 dan, the strong female player.

The second bit of news is that the tournament sponsored by the Wonik group in Korea has received a name. Until now, the tournament has had no name, with the victor’s trophy being known as the Wonik Cup. It has now been decided that the tournament will now be the equivalent of the Japanese Judan, or 10-dan, title. Depending on your taste and pronunciation, that would mean it’ll be called the Siptan, Shiptan or Jipdang title.

Finally, the Korean Team League saw the start of a clash of ideologies today: Team Park Land is currently taking on Team Holy Construction. In a twist of irony, the team leader of Team Holy Construction is the Kiseong title holder, Pak Yeong-hun (often also known as Park). Park Land are currently 1-0 in the lead after the 2 dan, Son Geungi, defeated 7 dan Kim Yeong-hwan by 6.5 taking Black.

Posted by Steve in Pro News

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