Lee Sedol - Gu Li rivalry

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Introduction

China's Gu Li & S. Korea's Lee Sedol formed the 21st century's first international rivalry, contesting the status of unofficial world's strongest.[1] As of July 2014, the two players have officially played each other in 44 games. The score is 22-21 in Lee's favor. A no result occurred in one match, which was the result of a rare quadruple ko position.

According to An Younggil 8p, Gu Li displays his superior opening skills and timing of initiating fights, while Yi Se-tol displays his tenacity and superior endgame technique. Both excel in complex fighting, but with Yi having a slight edge.

On the other hand, the endgame has presented itself as a weakness for Gu Li, being the cause of at least a few of his losses against Lee Sedol. In fact, all but one of the eight games which did not end with resignation were won by Yi, including four half-point finishes. Most recently was the 2012 Samsung Cup, wherein Gu twice had the advantage coming into the late middlegame, but due to endgame mistakes wasn't able to carry either to a victory.

Ten game match

In 2013, a 10-game match (aka jubango) was scheduled between the two players for the following year. The prize money was allotted as 5,000,000-yuan for the winner and 200,000-yuan for the loser, and was sponsored by MLily.

2014 Schedule

  1. 26 January, Beijing
  2. 23 February, Shanghai
  3. 30 March, Chengdu, Sichuan province
  4. 27 April, Shinan, Korean
  5. 25 May Xianggelila, Yunnan province
  6. 27 July, Liuan, Anhui province
  7. 31 August, Lasa, Tibet
  8. 28 September, Chongqing
  9. 26 October, Hongkong
  10. 30 November, Wuhu, Anhui province

Games

Their encounters can be organized into four categories: the China Weiqi League, International Individual Titles, International Team Titles, and Other. Victor marked in bold.

Game # Year Event White Black Result Notes Commentaries
1 2004-06-17 2004 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 9 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+2.75 at SL
2 2004-11-16 9th Samsung Cup, Semi-final, Game 1 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R at SL
3 2004-11-18 9th Samsung Cup, Semi-final, Game 2 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R at SL
4 2004-11-19 9th Samsung Cup, Semi-final, Game 3 Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R at SL
5 2005-05-03 4th CSK Cup, Round 3 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+2.5
6 2005-08-06 2005 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 9 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+0.25
7 2005-10-19 10th LG Cup, Semi-final Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
8 2005-12-10 2005 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 20 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
9 2006-05-03 5th CSK Cup, Round 3 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
10 2006-06-10 2006 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 10 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
11 2006-11-11 2006 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 16 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R
12 2007-10-13 2007 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 13 Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R
13 2008-06-07 21st Fujitsu Cup, Quarter-final Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
14 2008-06-21 2008 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 11 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R
15 2009-02-19 10th Nongshim Cup, Game 13 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+3.5
16 2009-02-23 13th LG Cup Final, Game 1 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
17 2009-02-25 13th LG Cup Final, Game 2 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
18 2009-06-27 2009 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 8 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R
19 2009-08-29 Ancient Phoenix City World Summit (Fenghuang Special) Lee Sedol Gu Li W+2.25
20 2010-04-14 23rd Fujitsu Cup, Round 3 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R
21 2010-06-07 15th LG Cup, Round 1 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
22 2010-10-14 15th Samsung Cup, Quarter-final Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
23 2011-04-23 3rd B.C. Card Cup Final, Game 1 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
24 2011-04-24 3rd B.C. Card Cup Final, Game 2 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R
25 2011-04-26 3rd B.C. Card Cup Final, Game 3 Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R
26 2011-04-27 3rd B.C. Card Cup Final, Game 4 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R [ext] at GoGameGuru
27 2011-04-28 3rd B.C. Card Cup Final, Game 5 Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R [ext] at GoGameGuru
28 2011-05-17 1st Bosai Cup, Round 2 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
29 2012-09-05 17th Samsung Cup, Round 2 Lee Sedol Gu Li NR Quadruple ko [ext] at GoGameGuru
30 2012-09-05 17th Samsung Cup, Round 2 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R Their re-match on the same day at SL
31 2012-09-16 1st Guilin Cup Final Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
32 2012-12-11 17th Samsung Cup Final, Game 1 Lee Sedol Gu Li W+0.5 at SL[ext] at GoGameGuru
33 2012-12-12 17th Samsung Cup Final, Game 2 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R at SL[ext] at GoGameGuru
34 2012-12-13 17th Samsung Cup Final, Game 3 Gu Li Lee Sedol B+0.5 at SL
35 2013-03-20 2013 Tianxin Pharmaceutical Cup Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R Exhibition match
36 2013-10-20 2013 China Weiqi League, Division A, Round 17 Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R at SL
37 2014-01-26 2014 Jubango first game Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R at SL[ext] at GoGameGuru
38 2014-02-23 2014 Jubango second game Lee Sedol Gu Li W+0.5 at SL[ext] at GoGameGuru
39 2014-03-23 4th Zhaoshang Cup, Round 2 Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R
40 2014-03-27 10th Chunlan, Round 2 Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R
41 2014-03-30 2014 Jubango third game Gu Li Lee Sedol W+R at SL[ext] at GoGameGuru
42 2014-04-27 2014 Jubango fourth game Lee Sedol Gu Li B+R at SL[ext] at GoGameGuru
43 2014-05-24 2014 Jubango fifth game Gu Li Lee Sedol B+R [ext] at GoGameGuru
44 2014-07-27 2014 Jubango sixth game Lee Sedol Gu Li W+R
  • Jubango 3-2

Statistics after 44 games

  • Standings: 22-21 and 1 void game
  • Lee/Gu takes Black: 19|25
  • Wins with Black/White: 19|24
    • Lee wins with Black: 8/18 or 44%
    • Gu wins with Black: 11/25 or 46%
    • Lee wins with White: 14/25 or 56%
    • Gu wins with White: 10/18 or 56%
  • Wins by Resignation/Half a point/Other gap: 35|4|4
    • Lee/Gu wins by no resignation: 7|1
    • White/Black wins by no resignation: 6|2

Notes

[1] Other international rivalries for the status of world's strongest have preceded this one, such as Yi Ch'ang-ho & Ma Xiaochun in the mid 1990s.


Lee Sedol - Gu Li rivalry last edited by 24.91.93.132 on July 30, 2014 - 13:36
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