Shin Shin-seo defeats Park Gun-ho to win Yongseong for fourth straight year

Shin Shin-seo 9, Korea’s No. 1 Go player, has won the Yongseong for the fourth consecutive year.

Shin Shin-seo, 9th dan, defeated Park Gun-ho, 7th dan, by black in 275 moves in game 2 of the 6th Yongseong Final 3 at the Korea Origin Go TV Studio in Seongdong-gu, Seoul on Friday. Shin Shin-seo, who had won the previous day’s game 1, improved to 2-0 overall and won his fourth straight tournament title and sixth overall.먹튀검증

In the first game of the day, Park Gun-ho, with white, took a fluid lead in his own style. However, Shin Shin-seo turned the tables in the midgame when he chased down a white piece on the upper board and made a pass. Shin then maintained his slight advantage until the very end to seal the victory. With the win, Shin Dong-seo improved his head-to-head record against Park to 6-0.

After the win, Shin Shin-seo said, “I thought I should practice shorthand go after winning the Ng Si-bae, but I thought rest was the first priority, so I rested enough. From now on, I will work hard to prepare for the Asian Games,” he said. “I accomplished many of my goals in the domestic tournament, so I’m not greedy, and if I play in the next Yongseongjeon, I want to play a good game,” he emphasized.

Park Gun-ho, who was trying to win his first overall title after joining the team, finished as runner-up to Shin Shin-seo. The runner-up, Park Gun-ho, a 7-dan, was promoted to 8-dan according to the Korean Go rules.

The sixth edition of Yongseongjeon was held in March, with 11 players qualifying for the main event. The 11 finalists played a round-of-16 tournament with five seeds – Shin Shin-seo and Kang Dong-yoon 9 dan (electric seed), Park Jung-hwan 9 dan (ranked seed), Byun Sang-il 9 dan (national seed), and Shin Min-jun 9 dan (sponsor seed) – to determine the finalists.

Defending champion Shin Shin-seo 9-dan swept Hong Sung-ji 9-dan and Kim Myung-hoon-Shin Min-joon 9-dan in the main draw to reach the final for the fifth consecutive year after finishing as runners-up in the second edition of the tournament. Park Gun-ho 7 dan, who played in the qualifiers, advanced to the main draw with four consecutive wins, defeating the second-ranked Park Jung-hwan 9 dan in the round of 16, followed by Han Sang-jo 5 dan and Seol Hyun-joon 8 dan to reach his first final.

The 6th Yongseong, sponsored by Japan Go Long Channel, organized by Korea Kiwon and broadcast by Go TV, has a prize fund of 30 million won for the winner and 12 million won for the runner-up. All games were played in a time-accumulation system (Fisher method), with 30 minutes each plus 20 seconds of extra time.


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