CHINA’S NEWEST GO SENSATION DING HAO WINS SECOND WORLD TITLE AT SAMSUNG GO
Chinese Go rising star Ding Hao (23), a 9-ranked player, has reached the top of the Samsung Hwa-Jae Go podium. Ding Hao won the final three games of the 2023 Samsung Firewood World Go Masters at the Samsung Firewood Global Campus in Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province, on Monday after a fiercely contested 300-move battle with Sheng Hao 9th dan .If both pieces had been counted, Ding Hao would have won the game, but Xu Shenghao conceded defeat and was disqualified .Ding Hao, who improved his overall record to 2-1, won his first career Samsung Cultivation title. Ding Hao, a 2000-born professional knight who is the same age as Shin Shin-seo (23), has established himself as a new face of Chinese go by winning two major world titles after winning the LG Cup in February.
From the round of 32, Ding Hao, who was seeded nationally, defeated four Korean knights – Hong Seong-ji 9-dan, Kim Seung-jin 4-dan, and Kim Myung-hoon and Park Jung-hwan 9-dan – to reach the final. “It was an unexpected victory as I was not feeling well during the tournament,” said Ding Hao, who also defeated his country’s senior Sheldon Hao in the final. “I was most impressed with my match against Park Jung-hwan,” he said, “I made a mistake at the beginning, but I pulled myself together and managed to turn it around. I think I was lucky because such opportunities are rare. “After the 28th edition of the tournament, South Korea has won the most titles with 14, followed by China with 12 and Japan with two. Samsung Hwajaejae won 300 million won, and the runner-up took home 100 million won. Meanwhile, after today’s final, Sheilhao will not return to China, but will travel to Busan, South Korea, to face Korea’s third-ranked Won Sung-jin 9-dan in Game 5 of the second round of the 25th Nongshim Shin Ramen Bae World Go Championship on Tuesday Sheerhao won three straight games in the first 토토 round of the tournament in Beijing, China, last October.