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 Post subject: Re: 2017 22nd Samsung Cup
Post #81 Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:42 am 
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Final starts 5th Decemeber. Gu's good form continues, he just beat Lian Xiao in the Chinese league (with a really big ko trade in endgame) and is #8 on goratings to Tang's #12.

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Post #82 Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:06 am 
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Tang won the first game today. Next game tomorrow, Gu needs to win to stay in the match.

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Post #83 Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:03 pm 
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I heard 2nd hand that Gu's win rate was 70% after 30-40 moves, rapidly rising to 92% for the first 150-200 moves and then he messed up the ko in byo-yomi

(according to fine art)

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Post #84 Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:14 pm 
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I guess the ko went well. He messed up in the center trying to cut black group. According to FineArt it was enough to just take the stone

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Post #85 Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:41 am 
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Gu won the second game. Long exciting ko at the end, kid has balls of steel! (he captured some stones which allowed his huge group to get in trouble and eventually become a high stakes ko but had loads of threats and a double ko thingy to wriggle his way out of trouble; this willingness to go all in is something I've noticed in his games, makes them quite spectacular).

Edit: according to a glance at a comment from Dia at BIBA at a review by Kim Jiseok 9p Gu was in trouble with his big group but Tang messed up.


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Post #86 Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:57 am 
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Uberdude wrote:
this willingness to go all in is something I've noticed in his games, makes them quite spectacular).

Fascinating indeed. And you're doing that on Tang, who is known for his boldness.

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Post #87 Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:04 am 
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My prediction came true, Gu Zihao won the deciding third game to win the Samsung cup, his first international title aged 19. Well done him. The decisive moment seemed to be another high stakes fight: Gu had surrounded one of Tang's groups but rather than living locally Tang counterattacked to cut Gu's surrounding group which meant Tang's group wasn't alive but had a fair few liberties. Gu ended up withd only 1 real eye and 1 ko eye but few libs. He lost the ko but settled his group by capturing a good chunk of its surrounding stones.

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Post #88 Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:13 am 
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Not the highest quality game, but very exciting to watch. B121 was the losing move. After W122 that black stone could not be saved. But instead of saving his dragon, Tang decided to do an all-in, typical of his style. But he was just short of one ko threat.

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Post #89 Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:19 am 
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Probably, Gu Zihao will be promoted to 9p.

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Post #90 Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:58 pm 
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trout wrote:
Probably, Gu Zihao will be promoted to 9p.


Yes, the 44th 9p from China.

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