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August 26th, 2005

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Samsung cup prelims

The most notable activity yesterday on the pro Go scene was the first spate of second round matches in the Samsung cup preliminaries underway in Seoul. The biggest upset of the day was the elimination of Kim In, one of the top Korean players in the 1980’s (achieved 9-dan in 1983). He was defeated by Kim Jongsoo (a Korean 5-dan).

A few amateurs are allowed to participate in the preliminaries every year, along with all pro’s that wish to take part. Of the 5 amateurs in the tournament, only one is now left standing. The other 4 (3 Koreans and a Chinese) were eliminated in their first match. The last remaining amateur is a Korean 7-dan, Kim Namhun, who defeated Taiwanese 1-dan pro Chen Yixiang to claim a second round match against respected Japanese 7-dan So Yokoku (another Japanese pro originally from China). So currently has the second-most domestic pro wins this year on the Japanese pro scene (30 wins vs 7 losses). As a bit of trivia, So was eliminated in this year’s IGS Rapid Champs by Kono Rin in the quarterfinals, the round after Kono eliminated Victor. In any case, Kim will have to be a very talented amateur to pull off a victory against So.

Two of the more interesting showdowns in the coming third round matches: first the rising Korean star, 3-dan Ko Geuntae (a semi-finalist in this year’s Osram Cup) will face established Chinese 9-dan and former winner of the LG Cup, Yu Bin; second two top-class Korean players An Tal-hun (6d) and Kim Il-hwan (9d) will play each other. 25-year old An, who was born in America, represented Korea in the Nongshim Cup (World Team Championships), and challenged Ch’oe Ch’eol-han for his Ch’eonweon title last year. Kim, one of the pro teachers on the DashN Go server , reached 9 dan in 1999, at age 43, and competed for the Korean Pro Senior title last year, losing 2-1 in the final.

Posted by Steve in Pro News

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