Shin Shin-seo defeats Kerze to reach LG Varsity final…
South Korea’s go team has clinched the LG Barre title after beating China.
South Korea’s Shin Shin-seo (23) and Byun Sang-il (26) advanced to the final after defeating China’s Kerze (26) and Mi Yueting (27) in the fourth round of the 28th LG Baru Chosun Ilbo Kiwangjeon at the Sinan Tidal Museum in Jeungdo, South Jeolla Province, on Wednesday.
In the final, Korea secured its 13th overall LG Cup title.
China has won 12, Japan two, and Taiwan one.
South Korea’s No. 1 Shin Shin-seo won black 1-0 in 251 moves in a highly anticipated matchup with Curze.
With his recent six-game winning streak against Kersey, Shin has evened his career head-to-head record with 11 wins and 11 losses.
With Black, Shin took an early lead in the opening position, and at one point in the middlegame, the AI’s predicted win rate was over 95%.
However, at a crucial moment, he made a mistake and was chased down by Kerse, but he did not allow the game to be overturned and secured the victory.
After the match, Shin said, “I bet a lot on this LG ship and I’m glad I made it to the final,” but he criticized his mistakes, saying, “There was no reason for the game to be difficult today, but I think my shortcomings came out.”
“I think the world championship final is always a five-on-five match,” he said, adding, “Byun Sang-il played well in the Chun Lan Bae final, so I will have to be careful and it will be an interesting matchup.”
Shin will be looking to win his third career title after 24-26 events.
His partner in the semifinals, Byun Sang-il, reached the final after defeating Mi Yueting by a hundred bullets in 174 games.
“If I played well in the beginning, I could have taken a big lead, but I made some mistakes and it became difficult,” said Byun Sang-il, who is ranked No. 3 in South Korea. “After that, it was difficult and I think I was lucky to win.”
Byun Sang-il added, “It’s my first time in the LG Varsity Final, and I’m happy to be in the final, and it’s even better that Shin Shin-seo is here,” and said, “I want to do my best to show my best performance since I’m in the final.”
The head-to-head record between the two players is 32-7 in Shin’s favor.
They have met six times in the finals, with Shin winning five times.
The first leg of the LG Varsity Finals Season 3 will take place on January 29. Game 2 is scheduled for January 31, and the final game is scheduled for February 1.
The championship prize is 300 million won and the runner-up prize is 100 million won.
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