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August 29th, 2005

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Amateur claims semi-final berth for ticket into Samsung Cup finals

As mentioned at the end of last week, all the amateurs that had entered the 10th Samsung Cup preliminaries were eliminated in their first match, except 7-dan Korean amateur Kim Namhun. He defeated his first opponent, Taiwanese 1-dan Chen Yixiang, to qualify for a third-round match against top-class Japanese player, 7-dan So Yokoku. Kim eliminated So, proving that his first win was no fluke. He is now in the semi-finals of his division of the prelims, with the winner claiming one of the 16 open spots in the final 32. His next opponent, Furuya Yutaka, is a 7-dan from the Kansai Ki-in (Western Japan Go Institute). Furuya created an upset earlier this year when he eliminated defending champion Kiyonari Tetsuya (9d) in the first round of the Kansai Ki-in 1st place tournament. If Kim wins that match, he will compete for the available slot against either 6-dan Han Jongjin or 7-dan Kim Myeongwan, both Koreans.

Saturday saw the the third-round matches in all 16 divisions of the Samsung Cup preliminaries. I mentioned 2 highlight matches in my previous post: first Ko Geuntae, the Korean 3-dan, eliminated previous LG Cup titleholder, Chinese 9-dan Yu Bin. Then in the Korean youth vs. experience showdown, youth won. An Tal-hun (6d) eliminated Kim Il-hwan (9d).

In the bottom half of the draw, where second round results were finalised on Friday, before Saturday’s third round match, the most noticeable upset was the elimination of top Korean player Seo Bongsoo (9d), by 5-dan Korean Seo Moosang. Kim Daehee (kr, 1d) who eliminated 9-dan Kim Seongryong, continued his good run, beating An Youngkil (kr, 5d) to also claim a semi-final berth for a ticket.

This weekend saw activity on a large number of Japanese domestic tournaments as well. Some of the highlights include: Yamashiro Hiroshi (9d) bt Hikosaka Naoto (9d) to claim a position in the challenger decision match for the Okan title – his opponent will be either Nakane Naoyuki (8d), or Nakano Hironari (9d), from the Kansai Ki-in. Nakano also qualified as a semi-finalist in the Kansai Ki-in 1st place tournament on Thursday by beating 9-dan Yuki Satoshi. Nakano also eliminated Furuya Yutaka along the way to the semi-final.(got spot on thursday). He will face Yamada Noriyoshi(9d) in the semi-final.

On the female Japanese pro scene, Izawa Akino (3d), who earlier eliminated defending champion Shinkai Hiroko (5d) in the 1st round, progressed to the quarter-finals of the Female Strongest tournament by eliminating Ogawa Tomoko(6d) on Thursday. In the Kansai Ladies’ Tournament, Konishi Kazuko (8d) claimed a spot in the final, where she will face either defending champion Yoshida Mika (8d) or Tsukuda Akiko (4d). This other semi-final has been completed, but the result will only be publicly known once the game has been televised on TV Osaka (the main sponsor of the tournament).

Posted by Steve in Pro News

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