South Korea’s No. 1 Shin Shin-seo 9 cruised to a second consecutive Samsung Fireworks World Go title.
The defending champion Shin Shin-seo defeated Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Hao-hung in 208 moves on the first day of the round of 16 at the 2023 Samsung Fire Global Campus in Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do, on Nov. 19.
Shin Shin-seo suffered an unexpected loss to Xu Hao-hong in the semifinals of the individual go event at the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG), which ended last month, and settled for a bronze medal.
Xu Haohong went on to win the gold medal in the final, defeating China’s 9th ranked Go player.
Meeting Xu Haohong for the first time in more than 50 days, Xin Xin took an early lead in the sicilian position and managed to infiltrate the black camp on the upper board to win the game.
Shin now holds a 4-1 head-to-head record against Xu Haohong.
However, the other Korean players in the round of 16 were all eliminated by the Chinese knight.
Shin Min-jun fell to Chinese No. 1 Guo Zhihao, while Kang Dong-yoon was unbeaten against Xu Zhaoyang.
The highly-anticipated newcomer Kim Seung-jin 4-dan also played a tight game against China’s Ding Hao 9-dan in the middlegame, but was unable to get over the hump in the endgame.
All four matches on the second day of the Round of 16 at the same venue on Tuesday will be Korean-Chinese.
Kim Myung-hoon vs Huang Yun-sung 9 dan, Kim Nuri 4 dan vs Lian Xiao 9 dan, Park Jung-hwan 9 dan vs Tan Xiao 9 dan, and Han Woong-kyu 9 dan vs Sheng Hao 9 dan will determine the quarterfinalists.
The prize money for the winner is 300 million won, and the prize money for the runner-up is 100 million won.
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