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2009-06-24 Expert: Alexander Dinerchtein Rate: (4.9)  7 ratings

Offline Go. Almost world record: shortest pro game (with review by A.Dinerchtein)


Maybe it's not the World record, but this game, which was played few days ago, is very close to World record.
Only 38 moves!
Game commentary: Alexander Dinerchtein, 3p for Go4Go

Some history (source: http://www.msoworld.com/mindzine/news/orient/go/special/records/shortest.html )

  SHORTEST EVER

Kang Hun 8-dan resigned after just two moves against Kim Seung-chun 4-dan in the quarter-finals of the 18th Kukgi on 24 July 1995 in Korea. Kang was ill but thought he could play. Once at the board he decided otherwise, though by turning up at all he ensured his game fee.

SHORTEST WITH PROPER PLAY

Ono Nobuyuki 6-dan resigned because of a misread after 20 moves against Kudo Norio 9-dan in the preliminary stages of the 53rd Honinbo in Japan on 21 November 1996.

Previous shortest was 26 moves when Honma Akio 7-dan resigned against Mizokami Tomochika 4-dan in the preliminaries of the 42nd Oza on 19 May 1994 in Japan. It is believed Honma resigned this game to make it the shortest in history in place of the previous shortest loss, by his teacher Takahashi Shigeyuki 7-dan in 31 moves against Kano Yoshinori 8-dan in the preliminaries of the 21st Honinbo on 26 May 1965.

SHORTEST GAME IN KOREA

Pak Yeong-ch'an 1-dan resigned after 46 moves against Heo Chang-heui 7-dan in the 17th Kiwang League on 22 October 1992.

SHORTEST GAME IN CHINA

Zhang Wendong 8-dan fell into a Large Avalanche trap and resigned after 40 moves against Che Zewu 7-dan in the 1992 National Physical Education Committee Go Team Selection Trials.

SHORTEST TITLE MATCH GAME

Cao Dayuan 9-dan resigned after 48 moves against Takemiya Masaki 9-dan in the final of the 3rd TV Go Asia Championship on 30 August 1991. This is also the shortest international game we have.

Shortest in a major (2-day) title game was when O Meien 9-dan misread a ladder and resigned after 59 moves against Cho Sonjin 9-dan in Game 1 of the Honinbo in Japan on 24 May 2000.

Shortest in the Kisei is when Cho Chikun 9-dan resigned after 69 moves against Kobayashi Satoru 9-dan in Game 2 of the 19th Kisei on 1 February 1995. Shortest in the Meijin is when Takemiya Masaki 9-dan resigned after 61 moves against Cho Chikun 9-dan in Game 1 of 21st Meijin on 6 September 1996.

SHORTEST GAME LOST ON TIME

Ushinohama Satsuo 9-dan ran out of time after 51 moves against Yamabe Toshiro 9-dan in the 6th Tengen Challengers' Final on 23 October 1980 in Japan. Time limits were six hours each, but at the dinner break (from 5.30 to 6.15) Ushinohama, who had travelled up to the Nihon Ki-in from Osaka for the game, had only 51 minutes left. He did not turn up after dinner, and could not be found. It turned out he had fallen asleep in one of the bedrooms on the 8th floor of the Ki-in. As a result of this incident, which embarrassed the Nihon Ki-in vis-a-vis the Kansai Kiin, the bedrooms were put out of bounds.

Yu Ch'ang-hyeok 9-dan lost on time after 62 moves against Yi Ch'ang-ho 9-dan in the winners' section semi-final of the 18th KBS Cup on 31 August 1999, but that was a lightning tournament anyway.

SHORTEST WOMEN'S GAME

Shortest we have seen is 71 moves between Miyazaki Shimako 3-dan and Aoki Kikuyo 7-dan in Round 1 of the 2nd Women's Pro Saikyo in Japan on 17 April 2000.




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