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71st issue
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1. An interview with Kang Dongyun, 7-dan
2. An interview with Yoo Changhyuk, 9-dan
3. Commented game: Lee Sedol vs Yoo Changhyuk, 2004
4. The most exciting games of the week
5. Gifts for our readers!
6. Announcements

Dear friends!
We are glad to present you the 71st issue of the "Goama" newsletter, including:

1. An interview with Kang Dongyun, 7-dan
2. An interview with Yoo Changhyuk, 9-dan
3. Commented game: Lee Sedol vs Yoo Changhyuk, 2004
4. The most exciting games of the week
5. Gifts for our readers!
6. Announcements

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An interview with Kang Dongyun, 7-dan, the winner of the Korean Osram cup (New stars tournament)
http://www.go4go.net/v2/modules/collection/bytour2.php?tid=71

- What can you tell us about your last game with Paek Hongseok, 5-dan?
- It was a close game. He made some aggressive moves and lost it at the end, probably because he thought, the he is behind. Actually it was still close
- You won King of Kings tournament with short thinking time control (10 min) and Osram cup, which is blitz tournament too (5 min per player with byoyomi). Can we say, that you are good at speed Go?
- I don't think so. There are lots of mistakes from each side, if we play blitz. This time my opponents made more mistakes then me, so we can say that I was just lucky.
- We heard that you play Go by internet a lot. Does it help you in blitz tournaments and can we say that your achievements in tournaments with long-thinking control are not as good, because of it?
- Internet Go is very useful, I think. It helps to improve your reading and it's good for studying new patterns. I try to play Go as much as I can with other professionals offline, but I also want to play Go in late hours, so I try to find my opponents on Tygem or Cyberoro.
- So, what is the reason of your unsuccessful results in other tournaments, except blitz?
- There is only one reason – I am not strong enough for beating good opponents. Also, it's hard for me to keep myself concentrated during several hours. Usually I get good openings, but lose my advantage later.
- What are your future goals?
- I will try to play my games even more seriously than now and ,as any other professionals, I will try to show good results in international tournaments

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An interview with Yoo Changhyuk, 9-dan

Yoo Changhyuk, 9-dan, who is 41 years old, is currently keeping 7 games straight winning record: http://www.go4go.net/v2/modules/collection/byplayer2.php?pid=30
He beat lot of good players, including: Heo Yongho(twice), Kim Jiseok, Cho Hunhyun, Kong Jie, Park Yeonghun and Kim Kiyoung
We decided to meet him and ask some questions:

- What can you tell us about your current life?
- I have a Go school and spend all my free time by teaching students. Also, sometimes I work for Baduk TV and take part in Go tournaments
- Congratulations on your results in Samsung cup! What can you tell us about this tournament?
- I don't have chances to play in World Go Championships often, because of my low positions in Korean Rating, so I have to make my best in every international tournament I play. I won such championships 6 times and I feel that I am still able to do it again.
- What do you think about your next opponent – Gu Li, 9-dan?
- I won some games against Gu Li in the past, but they have no meaning. Now he is one of the top masters in the world and everyone think that his chances must be higher. Any way, I am not afraid of him and will try to make my best.
- 1.5 years ago you set the record of 1000 wins in professional tournaments. Were you happy?
- I was not counted my wins and it was a big surprise for me. It takes me 20 years to reach it. As well as I know, there are only 4 players in Korea, who won more than 1000 games.
- Your Go school was opened 3 years ago, but still you were not able to produce any professionals. What is the reason?
- I try to work with beginners, who has talent and it seems that we will need few years more. It's possible to accept already strong students, who learned Go in other schools, but I don't like this idea. Also I always ask the permission of their former school directors before accepting such students. I feel, that some students I have, are already on pro level, but recently it's not enough. They must be able to show good result on pro arena.
- What can you tell us about your family?
- I don't want to answer this question now. ( A.D.: Few years ago Yoo Changhyuk, 9-dan lost his wife, who was ill after giving birth to his child)

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Commented game: Lee Sedol vs Yoo Changhyuk, 2004

You may find the commentary at the attachment.
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The most exciting games of the week

12th Samsung Cup, round 1
2007-09-04: Yamashita Keigo 9p (Black) vs. Heo Yongho 6p (White) W+R
http://www.go4go.net/v2/modules/collection/sgfview.php?id=15890
A powerful moyo invasion

13th Chinese NEC Cup, round 2
2007-09-08: Li Kang 6p (Black) vs. Qiu Jun 8p (White) W+4.5
http://www.go4go.net/v2/modules/collection/sgfview.php?id=15909
White won the game after losing few big groups in the opening

Year 2007 Korean League
2007-08-01: Lee Sedol 9p (Black) vs. Park Cheongsang 9p (White) B+R
http://www.go4go.net/v2/modules/collection/sgfview.php?id=15552
Lee won the game after sacrificing two groups in the opening

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Gifts for our readers!

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Announcements. Game commentaries by Alexander Dinerchtein

Alexander has a big experience of commenting games. He wrote more than 2000 commentaries during the last few years.
Commented games were published in AGA E-Journal, Russian, Korean, British, French, Danish, Dutch and other Go magazines.
The standard commentary fee is $20. Till November,1 you will have a chance to get one trial commentary for half of that price!
Please send him the games in SGF to backpast@gmail.com. Feel free to include your questions inside.

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Enjoy the newsletter!
The IGN "Goama" editor's team

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To obtain republishing rights for commented game records, please contact:
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