‘Double title fight’ with Kim Eun-ji… Choi Jung laughs first

2023 IBK Business Bank Cup Final 3, 1st place
Choi Jung, Kim Eun-ji, and the reversal of fortune

(Hankook Game Baduk = Han Chang-kyu reporter) Every day is different and my interest has increased. In the most recent matchup, she got a taste of her first win. It was about a month ago. I broke my eight-game losing streak against my opponent, and it was a good win.

This is the story of Kim Eun-ji, a 6 dan who is chasing the absolute powerhouse Choi Jeong-9. Choi Jeong-Eun Ji is the top card in the domestic women’s go scene this year, and there are two title matches coming up.

One is the IBK Women’s Go Masters and the other is the Dr.J. Women’s Supreme Knight Final. Both competitions are a best-of-three series to determine the winner. The prize money is 30 million won and 35 million won, respectively.

The top 9 dan in the women’s ranking.

Choi Jeong 9-dan, who has held the top spot in the women’s ranking for 117 consecutive months, is considered the strongest challenger to Kim Eun-ji 6-dan, who is on her way to reaching the 10-year mark.

She is ranked second in the women’s ranking. She joined the organization in January 2020 and has grown rapidly since then. It is a frightening growth considering that she was suspended for a year for an unsavory incident. She has also won three championships. However, she has never won a tournament with the top nine players.

Second in the women’s rankings is Kim Eun-ji, 6th dan.

Whether Choi Jeong 9-dan will answer “no touch yet” or Kim Eun-ji 6-dan will sound the siren for a generational change, the first tape of the IBK Business Bank Go Final 1 was cut on the evening of the 16th at the Go TV studio.

The clash of strong go players who are not afraid to fight on both sides, Kim Eun-ji 6-dan took the lead with a good flow, and the time was long. The AI win rate was over 95%.

Choi Jeong 9th dan took a breath of fresh air. At the point when he needed to create something sensational, he shook and made his opponent uncomfortable. The reversal happened on move 156. It turned around, and from then on, it became a game again.

The win rate graph fluctuated in the second half.

The game ended in 267 moves. They fought for 3 hours and 5 minutes. The difference was small, but Kim Eun-ji’s 6th dan took the stone. The first move of the game was played at 111 moves, 6 minutes and 20 seconds before Choi Jeong 9th dan, while Kim Eun-ji 6th dan started at 129 moves. From move 150, both sides read the last move.

Choi Jeong 9th dan was the more experienced in the endgame. It was an upset victory by an experienced powerhouse. On the other hand, it was a devastating defeat for Kim Eun-ji, a 6 dan who had been leading a good flow.

This is the second title match between the two knights, following the women’s final last December.

Choi Choi Jeong 9th dan said, “I should have pressured the lower back more in the middle, but I went to the left side. After that, I continued to be bad in the battle, but I think I won in the end,” he said.

“Honestly, it was a very stressful match,” said Choi Jeong-nim, “because I was playing against Kim Eun-ji for the second time in a row, so I was under a lot of psychological pressure, but I’m really glad that I was able to beat her. She is much younger than me, but I think she has grown a lot recently, so I will do my best.”스포츠토토

The final two will be played on the evening of the 23rd. It will be preceded by the Final 1 of the Dr.G. Women’s Top Knight Decider on the 22nd. The IBK 2023 is a 55-player qualifier, a round of 16 main tournament (four seeds and 12 players who made it through the qualifiers), and three finals.

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