Choi Jung

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Choi Jung (최정, 崔精, born 1996-10-07) is also known as Choi Jeong in Revised Romanization. She is a Korean female 9-dan professional player and one of the most dominant female players in history.

She was a pupil of Yoo Chang-hyuk 9p.

In 2011-01-01, the [ext] World Women's Rating list first listed her, and she was already #3 female in the world (behind only Rui Naiwei and Yu Zhiying). That year she won 8 games in a row in the 5th Auction Cup against men professional over 45 and reached the final of the 5th Women's Kisung, but lost B+0.5 against Rui Naiwei.

From the [ext] 2012-01-01 to the [ext] 2016-01-01 rating lists, Choi was #2 woman in the world behind only Rui Naiwei. In 2012, she won the Women's Myeongin, then for the next four years after that until it was discontinued.

Choi has been the world's strongest female player since the [ext] 2017-01-01 women's list. In the [ext] 2019-01-01, list, she achieved her highest overall world ranking of either sex: #69. Yu Zhiying was the second highest woman at #171 in the world overall. She was also #1 female and #23 ranked overall in Korea.

She is the only woman to have reached the final of the international Samsung Cup (27th, 2022).

The only leading female player who has a (narrow) plus score against her over more than one game is (Li He). Ueno Asami is the only female player with an even score. Choi has plus scores against the rest, many of them very dominant.

(The veteran Yoshida Mika 8p won the only game they have played back in the [ext] 2nd Huang Longshi Shuang Deng Cup (2012), when Choi was a 2-dan 15-year-old, but still [ext] ranked #2 female in the world and outrating Yoshida by over 300 points. Some claimed that Choi lost by 0.5 points because she forgot the point scoring under Chinese rules, [ext] but she denies it.)

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Name

Because Korean Romanization is not always intuitive, her family name Choi is pronounced something like "chweh". It does NOT rhyme with "boy" as the spelling might indicate. Her given name Jung/Jeong approximately rhymes with "lung" and "young" pronounced according to General American English.

Promotion history

  • 1 dan professional in 2010-06-30 / Joined the 37th Women’s Enlistment Competition
  • 2 dan in 2012-01-26 / winning the Women's Myeongin
  • 3 dan in 2013-01-31 / 14th Women's Myungin Tournament Winner Bonus Points (200 points)
  • 4 dan in 2013-11-22 /19th GS Caltex Cup
  • 5 dan in 2014-09-03 / Winner of the 5th Gungryung Mountain Soldiers' Holy Cup - Special Order 1st Dan /
  • 6 dan in 2015-07-13 / 17th Nongshim Cup Preliminaries
  • 7 dan in 2016-10-15 / 2016 KB Kookmin Bank Baduk League and the #1 Korean female player
  • 8 dan in 2017-11-10 / Winner of the 8th Gungryungsan Soldiers’ Holy Cup - Special Order 1st Dan
  • 9 dan in 2018-01-23 / Title Tournament Winner] Promotion to 1st Dan in Limited Edition

Titles and runners-up

  • 2020:

Temporary slump in June 2024 and possible recovery

Choi has been so dominant in female play that it’s news in the rare case where she is very below par. In the international women’s [ext] 10th Huang Longshi Shuang Deng Cup, June 2024, after beating Heo Seohyun 4p, she lost 6 games in a row: Li He 5p, Zhou Hongyu 7p, Fujisawa Rina 7p, Ueno Asami 5p, Lu Minquan 6p, and Li Xiaoxi 5p. She had not lost so many in a row since she became a pro. She finished the tournament with 1–6, in 8th place out of 8.

As world #1 ranked woman and defending champion, she would have been clear favorite to win. This disastrous result caused her to drop out of the top 100 in the world. Many commentators wondered what had gone so wrong for Choi.

But as of [ext] 2024-06-27, Choi is still the top-rated female, #103, well above the next Zhou Hongyu #156 and Ueno Asami #159.

Choi might have recovered in time for the 4th Supreme Female Player [ext] semifinals on 5 July 2024. She beat girl prodigy Nakamura Sumire 3p (B+R).

Lifetime scores against top players

(Based on [ext] Choi Jeong, Go Ratings and game list), as of8 July 2024.

Notable victories over leading (male) players

Choi has taken games from some of the greatest players in recent history, mainly of older generations, e.g.

Head-to-head scores against current female rivals

  • Yu Zhiying, 8p, #2 female in world, #1 female in China: 22–19
  • Kim Eunji, 9p, #3 female and #1 female teenager in world, #2 female in South Korea: 14–4
  • Zhou Hongyu, 7p, #4 female in world, #2 female in China: 4–1
  • Ueno Asami, 5p, #5 female in world, #1 female in Japan: 3–3
  • Lu Minquan, 6p, #6 female in world, #3 female in China: 3–1
  • O Yujin, 9p, #7 female in world, #3 female in South Korea: 26–9
  • Kim Chaeyeong, 8p, #8 female in world, #4 female in South Korea: 26–6
  • Fujisawa Rina, 7p, #9 female in world, #2 female in Japan: 12–5
  • Li He, 5p, #10 female in world, #4 female in China: 6–7
  • Wu Yiming, 5p, #11 female and #2 female teenager in world, #5 female in China: 1–0
  • Cho Seunga, 6p, #12 ranked female player and #304 overall, and #5 ranked player in Korea: 7–2
  • Tang Jiawen, 5p, #13 female in world, and #6 female in China: 0–0
  • Wang Chenxing, 5p, #17 female in world, #8 female in China: 9–2
  • Rui Naiwei, 9p, #18 female in world, many years #1 female in world: 4–3
  • Cho Hyeyeon, 9p, #20 female in world, once #1 and many years #2 female in world: 9–2
  • Ueno Risa, 3p, #21 female and #4 female teenager in world, #4 female in Japan: 0–0
  • Nakamura Sumire, 3p, #22 ranked female and #3 ranked female teenager in the world, #3 ranked female in Japan: 3–0
  • Kim Hye-min, 9p, #25 female in the world, #8 female player in Korea: 18–1
  • Kim Dayoung, 5p, Kim Chaeyeong's younger sister, #28 ranked female in the world and #9 female in Korea: 12–1
  • Lee Minjin, 8p, #29 female in the world, #10 female player in Korea: 10–0
  • Xie Yimin, 7p, #30 ranked female in the world, #5 ranked female in Japan (#1 for many years): 4–1
  • Nyu Eiko, 4p, #34 ranked female player and #304 overall, and #7 ranked female player in Japan: 2–0
  • Joanne Missingham aka Hei Jiajia, 7p, #39 female in world, #1 ranked female player in Taiwan: 15–2
  • Suzuki Ayumi, 7p, #33= ranked female player and #443= overall, and #6= ranked female player in Japan, twice Female Strongest, once Female Kisei: 1–0
  • Pak Chi-eun, 9p, #68 in world (formerly #3 for 4 years), #23 in Korea: 8–1

Personal life

Choi is a close friend of fellow Korean female 9-dan professional O Yujin.[ext] ‘Fantasy combination’ Choi Jeong? and Oh Yu-jin “Thank you to the fans who supported us.” Baduk News, 2019.06.13 (in Korean)

Links

Videos

Video Reviews of Her Games

vs assorted opponents

Opponent Year Reviewer Video
Byun Sangil 2023 Eunkyo Do [ext] video
Byun Sangil 2023 Jr4yA [ext] video
Cho Hanseung 2020 Evan Cho [ext] video
Cho Hunhyun 2020 Evan Cho [ext] video
Kang Dongyoon 2019 Yoonyoung [ext] video
Lee Changho 2021 Yoonyoung [ext] video
Lee Changseok 2021 Yeonwoo [ext] video
Lee Changseok 2023 Jr4yA [ext] video
Na Hyun 2021 Baduk Lawyer [ext] video
O Yujin 2019 Yeonwoo [ext] video
Rui Naiwei 2014 Littlelamb [ext] video
Seol Hyunjun 2019 Yoonyoung [ext] video
Xie Erhao 2023 Jr4yA [ext] video
Yu Zhiying 2022 Young Sun Yoon [ext] video
Zhao Chenyu 2020 Baduk Doctor [ext] video

vs Fujisawa Rina

Year Reviewer Video
2016 dwyrin [ext] video
2023 Eunkyo Do [ext] video
2023 Jr4yA [ext] video
2023 Jr4yA [ext] video

vs Park Junghwan

Year Reviewer Video
2020 Yeonwoo [ext] video
2022 Yeonwoo [ext] video
2023 Eunkyo Do [ext] video

vs Nakamura Sumire

Year Reviewer Video
2019 Lee Hajin (Haylee) and her husband Dan Maas [ext] video
2023 Eunkyo Do [ext] video
2023 Telegraph Go [ext] video

vs Zhou Hongyu

Year Reviewer Video
2019 Ryan Li [ext] video
2023 Eunkyo Do [ext] video

Pictures

Choi Jeong on the cover of Monthly Baduk May 2016 issue (Image credit: Korean Wikipedia)
Choi Jeong on the cover of Monthly Baduk May 2016

choi jeong aug2023 (Image credit: 30)
Choi Jeong Aug 2023 (Image credit: Foxwq.com)

choi jeong dec2022 (Image credit: 32)
Choi Jeong Dec 2022 (Image credit: Foxwq.com)

choi jeong asian games 2023 (Image credit: 34)
Choi Jeong Asian Games 2023 (Image credit: Foxwq.com)

Choi Jung holding her close friend O Yujin, 2019 (Image credit: http://m.baduk.or.kr/)
Choi Jung holding her close friend O Yujin, 9th Hwangnyongsa Cup, 2019 (Image credit: [ext] http://m.baduk.or.kr/

Choi Jung with her close friend O Yujin, 2019 (Image credit: http://m.baduk.or.kr/)
Choi Jung with her close friend O Yujin, 9th Hwangnyongsa Cup, 2019 (Image credit: [ext] http://m.baduk.or.kr/


Choi Jung last edited by Jono64a on July 9, 2024 - 06:21
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