Journal No. 63. November 1984. Page 6.
Black: Kim Young Hwan, trainee pro
White: Yang Chia Jung, trainee pro
The game-file in SGF format, without comments.
The first ever World Youth Championships were held in July this year
in Taiwan. The event was the centre of a slight diplomatic rumpus in the
Go World. Given the political status of Taiwan, mainland China not
surprisingly refused to participate, while the Japanese only decided to
take part at the last minute. This they probably regretted since they
had difficulty finding a strong team (the schools had not yet broken up
in Japan) and the best they could manage was eighth place.
The event was initiated and sponsored by the father figure of
Taiwanese Go, C. K. Ing - a wealthy businessman who has lavished a
fortune on promoting go in general and his own set of rules in
particular. (He also sponsored the European Championships in Porrentruy
by donating 250 sets with special bowls for checking that each side
starts with 180 stones).
The final line up included 5 Taiwanese, 3 Koreans, 3 Japanese, 3
Europeans, a Brazilian, an American and a Canadian. Entry grades were
wide ranging and inconsistent, the players with the highest nominal
grades finished 14th
. Our man in the
tournament, 14 year old Leigh Rutland from Furze Platt school, recorded
a result in line with his 3 kyu grade by winning one game and coming
Winner of the event was Kim Young Hwan aged 13 from Korea,
who defeated Taiwanese Yang Chia Jung aged 12 in the final
round. Both these two are trainee professionals, but next year's event
will exclude all professional players.
None of Leigh's games were recorded, so we present here the deciding
game, with brief attempts by Matthew Macfadyen to understand what is
Dia 1 (1-50) |
White 26 connects at 21.
- Black 13, 15: Black starts a tricky and explosive joseki to make
use of stones 1 and 9.
- Black 19: Usually Black plays 21 to 25 first. In the game White has
the option of living quickly with 20 at 22, so as to leave his cutting
stones in the centre more room. The game result is good for Black.
Dia 2 (51-100) |
Black 57 ko at .
- White 56: Very sharp. White has spotted a way to rescue his weak
group at the top. Black has no ko threats so he has to play 59.
- 76 - 94: Both sides defend by attacking - it doesn't matter how
weak your stones are so long as the opponent's are slightly weaker.
Dia 3 (101-200) |
White 116 connects at 103.
- Black 115: Black cannot start the ko above 101 - White's first ko
threat would be to connect to the right of 104, and his second would be
147. Black would then be very embarassed, since he could not continue
the ko without risking his whole centre group.
- White 122 - 128: This looks like just the sort of ignominious
grovelling for life that loses games - Black's wall gets stronger and
stronger. However ...
- White 130: White finds a sharp counterattack, gains time to protect
his upper group at 140, and makes the forcing moves 122 to 128 look like
preparations for a large scale attack on the black group.
- Black 151: White must be separated and the black stones need eye
space, but it is awfully painful to let White strengthen his corner with
152, 156 and 158. If White had not broken through the black wall with
130 - 150, but had simply made eyes, then Black could have attacked the
lone white stone in the corner vigorously, and built himself a large
territory on the side while doing so.
- White 176: Tesuji, assuring him of an eye on the side as well as
getting 178 in to improve the security of the eye in the centre.
- White 182, 184: He seems to be afraid of some large scale attack on
the group in this area, but 185 is a very big move to allow.
Dia 4 (201-254) |
Black 253 connects at .
- White 204: Both sides seem to misread this corner - White must play
205 to avoid being killed.
- Black 211: Seki - but if he had played one point lower White would
be unconditionally dead. (After that Black could fill all the outside
liberties and then make an "eye in the belly" by playing one
point above 211. If at any stage White tried to prevent this, White
could reduce the stones inside to a one eyed lump.)
- White 242 is locally silly, but he is trying to tempt Black to
capture 232, which looks like a threat to kill all White's centre stones
but isn't (exercise for the reader) so that he can play 246, killing 9
- White 246 is very sharp - he lives inside Black's territory with
254. Black resigned.
The full blooded recklessness with which White refused to protect
his weaknesses so long as he had anything left to attack makes this a
most impressive game for him. Black failed to pounce when he had the
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