Big sensation from Agon cup (live on WBaduk)
It was possible to watch this game live on WBaduk, so I decided to post it here.
2 Korean amateurs, staying in Japan (Kim Sungjin and Ha Sungbong) were allowed to take part in Japanese Agon cup (blitz tournament). They showed outstanding results. Kim Sungjin won 8 games straight (against 8 different Japanese professionals, including Cho Chikun, 9p). He entered the main stage, but lost in first round to Japanese ranking #1 Iyama Yuta.
Ha Sungbong, former 1st class insei, former Korean amateur #1 ( according to the Korean amateurs rating list), former World Amateur Go Champion had slightly better pairing. He also won 8 games straight, including one 9p (Goto Shungo) and entered the main stage. Yesterday in the first round of the main tournament he beat Mizokami, 8p. You can watch this game here.
Pay attention to Ha Sungbong's solid playing style. Usually when you meet someone stronger, you try to fight actively, but it seems that Ha was sure that he can decide the game in yose - so he played as solid and careful as possible.
Ha's next opponent will be the winner of Takao 9p-Yamashita 9p pair.
You can watch all these games live on WBaduk. I will post the date later, it's not yet decided
By the way, you can watch some of the games played by Ha Sungbong on Dashn server. I worked on Dashn myself, so I am 100% sure that it was his account. As you know, Koreans have to enter their passport number and real name for registration on any kind of website or webserver. Links are here: