Hong Malk-eun Saem

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Hong Malk-eun Saem (홍맑은샘; often romanised as Hong Malgunsem, changed name after becoming a pro in Japan as Hon Seisen 洪清泉), born 1981-12-30, is a former Korean amateur player and former yeonguseng (1993-1997) of the Hankuk Kiwon living in Japan from 2005; on 2009-12-01 he qualified as 1 dan professional of the Kansai Kiin; promoted 2 dan in 2013-08-07.

He is the teacher of several new japanese professionals. Hong has an unusual playing style - he likes rare josekis, trick moves and often plays for influence in the opening.

He was the winner of several amateur tournaments in Korea and Japan:

  • 1999: Kuksu
  • 2000: Best Ten
  • 2000: Chonmekbe cup (beat Alexander Dinerchtein in the final)
  • 2001: Samsung
  • 2001: Kuksu
  • 2002: LG cup
  • 2003: Baduk TV
  • 2004: SKY Baduk TV (and one other tournament)

In Japan, Hong won:

Hong also placed third in the 2000 World Amateur Go Championship, second in 2002, and second in 2004.

Reference: [ext] http://www.i-g-o.jp/nyukai1.doc

View photo at: [ext] http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/match/2009/01/110_3.html

Photos from his [ext] wedding (2009-03-04).

Bio at Hon Dojo [ext] 洪道場


John F. Hong's name is unusual in Korean and so strictly be rendered as three parts in romanisation: Hong Malk-eun Saem using the Mc-R usual on SL. The k is also often omitted on pronunciation. In Japanese it is Hon Marugun Semu.


Hong Malk-eun Saem last edited by hnishy on July 9, 2018 - 11:00
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