Nine Dragons Playing With A Pearl

   

The game "Nine Dragons Playing With A Pearl" is a famous game from 18th century China, between Shi Xiangxia and Cheng Lanru.

It is rather hard to find on the internet. There seem to be two versions of the game, diverging at move 181 (counting from the first free move, not including the mandatory cross-hoshi opening). White played first.

The game is notable for its large-scale fighting and the unclear status of multiple large groups.

[Diagram]
Position at move 80  
[Diagram]
Position at move 180  


 (;FF[4]GM[1]SZ[19]CA[UTF-8]AW[pd][dp]AB[dd][pp]
 ;W[nq];B[iq];W[cf];B[gc];W[ic];B[nc];W[qg];B[qi];W[no];B[on]
 ;W[nn];B[nm];W[mm];B[om];W[ml];B[fq];W[lc];B[ne];W[of];B[nf]
 ;W[ng];B[le];W[mg];B[ie];W[oc];B[ob];W[pb];B[nb];W[ke];B[lf]
 ;W[je];B[if];W[jg];B[lg];W[kg];B[lh];W[mi];B[li];W[mj];B[ji]
 ;W[ig];B[qb];W[pa];B[id];W[jc];B[hg];W[hh];B[ih];W[hc];B[hi]
 ;W[gh];B[gd];W[gi];B[gj];W[ki];B[kj];W[hj];B[ii];W[fj];B[gk]
 ;W[kh];B[lj];W[jj];B[ij];W[jk];B[kl];W[ik];B[hk];W[jm];B[km]
 ;W[fk];B[gm];W[hm];B[fl];W[kn];B[jn];W[gn];B[el];W[il];B[gl]
 ;W[gb];B[jo];W[hn];B[ln];W[ko];B[oe];W[pe];B[pf];W[og];B[qf]
 ;W[rf];B[qe];W[qd];B[re];W[rd];B[rg];W[pg];B[sf];W[sd];B[se]
 ;W[mk];B[kk];W[lo];B[kp];W[lp];B[eo];W[fn];B[dn];W[ip];B[jp]
 ;W[hq];B[ir];W[en];B[do];W[dm];B[em];W[cm];B[gg];W[ep];B[fo]
 ;W[hp];B[fp];W[hr];B[fb];W[ga];B[lq];W[mq];B[ck];W[ci];B[kr]
 ;W[lr];B[jq];W[kq];B[in];W[im];B[lq];W[ms];B[ho];W[go];B[is]
 ;W[hs];B[gp];W[io];B[gr];W[kq];B[rb];W[sb];B[lq];W[js];B[gs]
 ;W[kq];B[lb];W[kb];B[lq];W[ho];B[gq];W[kq];B[mc];W[ei];B[ek]
 ;W[bk];B[di];W[dh];B[dj];W[eh];B[bl];W[bm];B[bj];W[cp];B[bh]
 ;W[ch];B[bi];W[bg];B[be];W[ee];B[fg];W[cd];B[cc];W[ge];B[hd]
 (;W[fe];B[hf];W[de];B[ec];W[bd];B[bc];W[ad];B[ia];W[la];B[mb]
 ;W[hb];B[cr];W[bq];B[br];W[dr];B[dq];W[eq];B[er];W[cq];B[ds]
 ;W[ar];B[dq];W[fs];B[lq];W[db];B[eb];W[kq];B[ce];W[bf];B[lq]
 ;W[dc];B[ed];W[kq];B[jd];W[kd];B[lq];W[cb];B[bb];W[kq];B[eg]
 ;W[dg];B[lq];W[ab];B[ba];W[kq];B[ac];W[ae];B[lq];W[fd];B[fc]
 ;W[kq];B[dr];W[jr];B[ap];W[aq];B[bs];W[ka];B[oa];W[ma];B[pc]
 ;W[qc];B[qa];W[pc];B[od];W[ra];B[sa];W[cl];B[ak];W[ra];B[mh]
 ;W[nh];B[sa];W[cj];B[sc];W[co];B[am];W[cn];B[fr];W[an];B[bo]
 ;W[al];B[jf];W[kf];B[am];W[aj];B[ai];W[al];B[fh];W[fi];B[am]
 ;W[ej];B[dk];W[al];B[ld];W[kc];B[am];W[ca];B[da];W[al];B[df]
 ;W[ef];B[am];W[sg];B[sh];W[al];B[mn];W[am];B[lm];W[pj];B[ql]
 ;W[qk];B[ok];W[rl];B[qm];W[rm];B[rn];W[pl];B[pm];W[ri];B[rj]
 ;W[oj];B[nk];W[rk];B[sj];W[qh];B[rh];W[pi])
 (;W[de];B[ec];W[bd];B[bc];W[ad];B[ia];W[la];B[mb];W[hb];B[cr]
 ;W[bq];B[br];W[dr];B[dq];W[eq];B[er];W[cq];B[ds];W[ar];B[dq]
 ;W[fs];B[lq];W[db];B[eb];W[kq];B[ce];W[bf];B[lq];W[fe];B[hf]
 ;W[kq];B[jd];W[kd];B[lq];W[dc];B[ed];W[kq];B[eg];W[dg];B[lq]
 ;W[fd];B[fc];W[kq];B[jf];W[kf];B[lq];W[cb];B[bb];W[kq];B[dr]
 ;W[jr];B[ap];W[aq];B[bs];W[ka];B[oa];W[ma];B[pc];W[qc];B[qa]
 ;W[pc];B[od];W[ra];B[sa];W[ac];B[ca];W[ra];B[ld];W[kc];B[sa]
 ;W[cj];B[ak];W[ra];B[mh];W[nh];B[sa];W[cl];B[sc];W[co];B[am]
 ;W[cn];B[fr];W[an];B[bo];W[al];B[fh];W[fi];B[am];W[ej];B[dk]
 ;W[al];B[ef];W[df];B[am];W[aj];B[bk];W[al];B[mn];W[am];B[lm]
 ;W[pj];B[ql];W[qk];B[ok];W[rl];B[qm];W[rm];B[rn];W[pl];B[pm]
 ;W[ri];B[rj];W[oj];B[nk];W[qh];B[rh];W[pi]))

Nine Dragons Playing With A Pearl last edited by amtiskaw on April 11, 2016 - 16:53
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