Skip to main content.
August 9th, 2005

Tired of ads? Then register an account or login

Korean Institute publishes rating list, Kobayashi to challenge for Meijin title

The Hankuk Kiwon (Korean Go institute) has followed China’s lead and made a list of professionals organised by rating, based on performance. The 3 major title holders are all in the top 4, along with Yi Se-tol (Lee Sedol) at number 2 (with a rating of 17627). Unsurprisingly, Yi Ch’ang-ho (Lee ChangHo) Wangwi easily tops the list (19014), clearing Yi Se-tol by over 1000 rating points. Ch’oe Ch’eol-han Kuksu is third with 17168, and then there is a 2500-point drop to the holder of the Kisung title, Pak Yeong-hun (14618). One of the reasons for producing this rating list is the increasing number of strong young players who have not yet received promotions in the traditional dan-ranking system, but are clearly stronger than their traditional superiors. An indication of this is that of the next 6 players in the top 10, only 2 players are 9-dans. Along with them are an 8, 6, 5 and even a 4-dan (Lee YoungGu at number 9, 12523). While no 1-dans feature in the top 50, there are four 2-dans, the highest placed at number 21 (On SoJin, 11483). The top-placed female is Pak Chi-eun (Park JiEun) at number 34 (11047). The full top 50 can be viewed on Gobase.

If this rating list is anything to go by, the final phase of the Korean Prices Information Cup is going to be fireworks. The three major title holders proceeded to the final stage along with Cho Hanseung 8-dan. Cho eliminated Yi Se-tol in his pool for the final spot, but at number 5 on the rating list (13720) is no pushover. Thie final stage is a 4-player knockout. Cho Hanseung faced Yi Ch’ang-ho today, and was eliminated, leaving only the major title holders in the running for the tournament. Ch’oe Ch’eol-han Kuksu faces Pak Yeong-hun Kisung on Thursday to decide who will challenge Yi in the best-of-3 final.

Final news from the Korean tournament scene: the finalists for the 5th Pro Senior tournament have been determined: Kim Tong-yeop 8-dan (bt. Seo Pong-su 9-dan) will face Chang Su-yeong 9-dan (bt. Kim Il-hwan 9-dan) in a best-of-3 match. The losers of the semi-finals (in brackets) will face each other in the 3rd place playoff.

On the Japanese scene, Kobayashi Satoru 9-dan continued his excellent form this year by defeating Yamashita Keigo Tengen in the Meijin challenger decision match. Kobayashi, who held the Gosei and Kisei in 1995, has a 28-4 win-loss record for this year, putting him second in terms of number of wins behind Yuki Satoshi 9-dan. With his performance this year, he must be optimistic about his chances taking on Cho U in the best-of-7 match for the 30th Meijin title in September, despite Cho’s 5-3 record against him in the past.

Posted by Steve in Pro News

No Comments »

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 at 5:50 pm and is filed under Pro News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.