Hu Yuqing 7d, WAGC winner, is the underdog by 6:1 predictions! See why and how he does: huyuqing 9d vs. gradually 9d
Hu Yuqing is a strong amateur from China, most notable for winning the 26th WAGC. It seems he is in a bit of a slump online though, losing 6 games consecutively after upgrading from 8d. Though he started winning some games onward, his current record as a 9d is not so impressive, with 3 wins and 8 losses prior to this match. It should be no surprise then that a vast majority of observers predicted his opponent, gradually 9d, to win. I do not have any information on this player other than that he is Japanese and I think we can safely assume that he is a pro, if not a top-class pro because of his incredible run of 19 wins and 1 loss in this last 20 games prior to this match! In fact, Hu Yuqing was such an underdog that anyone who put his or her points on Hu Yuqing would get over a 6x return! It is quite a startling statistic. Can Hu Yuqing defy the majority and defeat one of the rising Tygem stars? See for yourself in a game with more thought into it than normal as they were playing with very slow time settings (1 minute byoyomi).
Thoughts/Impression on the game:
-There is a tremendous blunder made at the end of the game during a ko fight. It was so obvious that even a 9k who was watching the game recognized that it was a disaster play by one side.
huyuqing - 0 : 0 - gradually
R1: move 1 - 50
R2: move 51 - 80
huyuqing: 3 - 8 as 9d, 191 - 129 total
gradually: 26 - 14 as 9d, 164 - 91 total
Last 20 Games:
huyuqing: 3 - 8
gradually: 19 - 1
Peak Observers: 80 (opposite to the KGS phenomenon, slower games tend to attract less observers. Also, there were many Tygem stars playing at the time of this game, hua, 블링블링(P), and joonki to name a few.)
Date Played: 02/11/09 (Fresh!)