Xu Haohong, China’s strongest player, defeated Ke Jie to win AG’s surprise gold medal
Team competition from the 29th…They face Taiwan in the first round of the preliminary round
Shin Jin-seo 23, the “No. 1 Korean Go Ranking,” won the bronze medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
Shin Jin-seo won the bronze medal in the men’s individual bronze medal match at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Chiyuan Chess Hall in Hangzhou, China, winning the bronze medal against Japan’s Ichiriki Ryo 26 in 135 moves.
Shin Jin-seo suffered a shocking semi-defeat by Taiwan’s No. 1 player Xu Haohong 22 in the semifinals earlier in the day. Shin Jin-seo is leading with three consecutive wins in the opponent’s record, and Shin Jin-seo has been the world’s strongest player for the past two years, winning major world competitions such as Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Chunran Cup, LG Cup, and Eungsi Cup. However, he lost to Xu Haohong in an unexpected defeat and moved away from the gold medal.
The upsets did not stop there. Xu Haohong, who emerged as a dark horse by beating Park Jung-hwan 30 and Shin Jin-seo 9 dan in the quarterfinals and semifinals, held the gold medal by beating even Ke Jie 26 of China in the final. Ke Jie, the strongest player in Chinese Go, won a silver medal.
In an interview after the match, Shin Jin-seo, 9th dan, said, “The semi-final match was a semi-home match that could not be won or lost if we had concentrated until the end, but I am sorry that I did not give the expected results to everyone who supported me.” In the team event, I will try to achieve the desired result by putting all my strength into it,” he said.
The men’s individual competition, which took place from the 24th to the day, drew expectations with Shin Jin-seo and Park Jung-hwan, 9 dan, who were “first and second in the Korean Go rankings.” South Korean Go finished the bronze medal with the best performance, with Shin Jin-seo, considered a strong candidate for the gold medal, failing to advance to the final.
Men’s team and women’s team matches will be held from the 29th to the 3rd of next month. The men’s and women’s team preliminaries are expected to be a stage of revenge. As a result of the draw, South Korea will face Taiwan in the first round of the preliminary round in both categories. The men’s team event in nine countries will play six rounds of qualifying matches. The women’s team event, which announced its participation in eight countries, will determine the finalist through the Swiss League in the fifth round of the preliminary round. The top four countries in the team event will advance to the final tournament and continue their medal contention.
In the men’s team event, Shin Jin-seo, Park Jung-hwan, Byun Sang-il 26, Kim Myung-hoon 26, Shin Min-joon 24, and Lee Ji-hyun 31 will join. In the women’s team event, Choi Jung 27 and Oh Yoo-jin 25 9 dan, Kim Chae-young 27 8 dan, and Kim Eun-ji 16 7 dan will participate. The time limit for all the matches is 1 hour and 3 30 seconds of countdown. Dum is a seventh album and follows Chinese rules.
Korean Go was first adopted as an official event at the 2010 Guangzhou Games. Since then, Go has been excluded from official events at the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta and Palembang tournaments, and it has been revived in 13 years at the Hangzhou tournament.
South Korea overwhelmed host China by sweeping three gold medals and one bronze medal in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Baduk Games, which involved three gold medals. At that time, China won only three silver medals, and Japan and Taiwan each won one bronze medal. At this Hangzhou competition, the composition of the event was changed to men’s individual, team, and women’s team. Unlike 13 years ago, the mixed pair disappeared and the men’s individual exhibition was newly established.
The Korean national team also set a goal of sweeping three gold medals at the Hangzhou Games and held training camps at Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province. However, Shin Jin-seo, 9 dan, won only a bronze medal in the men’s individual event, and it became difficult for the national team to achieve its goal of three consecutive losses. In particular, the competition between Korea, China, and Japan, which are powerhouses in Go, is expected to intensify as the first gold medal in the Go event was given to Xu Haohong of Taiwan.