‘Newly minted’ 9th dan Shin Dong-seo, 23, won Game 1 of the Ng Sibae Final to boost his chances of winning the tournament’s first ever title.

Shin Shin-seo defeated China’s Shaker 9 in 253 moves in Game 1 of the third round of the 9th Ng Sibae World Go Championship at the Sunkou Villa in Changning District, Shanghai, China, on Nov. 21. Shin Shin-seo will win the title if he wins game 2 on Nov. 23. In the event of a 1-1 tie, the final game will be played on the 24th. With the win, Shin now has a 1-1 head-to-head record against Shaker. Shin has played against Shaker once before, when he was a teenager and lost in the 2017 Lee Min-bae World Rookie Championship.

Held every four years and dubbed the “Go Olympics,” the Ng Si-Bae is the most lucrative major Go tournament with a prize pool of $400,000 (about $530 million). South Korea’s Jo Hun-hyun, Seo Bong-soo, Yoo Chang-hyuk, and Lee Chang-ho achieved the feat of winning four consecutive tournaments, while Choi Cheol-han won the sixth edition. In the remaining tournaments, China’s Chang Hao, Fan Tingyu, and Tang Weixing took the top spots. 카지노