Go competition brings professionals and amateurs together
S. Korean Go masters Lee Chang-ho, Choi Jeong highlight 2021 Pro-am Baduk Competition
Published : Apr 30, 2021 - 17:49
Updated : May 1, 2021 - 09:55
The Korea Herald CEO Choi Jin-young speaks at the 2021 Pro-am Baduk Competition in Seoul on Friday. (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)
Hoping for the growth of the game of Go, or “Baduk” in Korean, next-generation big data platform company DataStreams and South Korea’s leading English daily The Korea Herald co-hosted the 2021 Pro-am Baduk Competition on Friday.

“We put together today’s event to let the world know of Korean Baduk’s high position,” said DataStreams CEO Lee Young-sang. “DataStreams will continue to help expand the Korean Baduk’s status in the world of sports.”

Organized by the Korea Professional Baduk Players Association, the pro-am event invited five professional Go players -- including South Korean stars Seo Bong-soo, Yang Sang-kuk, Yoo Chang-hyuk, Lee Chang-ho and Choi Jeong -- and 10 amateurs for friendly matches at the Korea Baduk Association headquarters in Seoul.

“Each player here is a living legend and a hero who has made Korea proud,” said The Korea Herald CEO Choi Jin-young. “Since they gave hope to not only Baduk fans but also citizens, I would like to thank them.”

Each professional player took on two amateurs at once. The matches were held in two separate rounds with each lasting about 100 minutes.

The game of Go is played between two players on a wooden board with black and white stones. After the players choose the color of stones they are going to play with, the match begins on an empty board. The main goal of the game is to form as large of a territory as one can by laying down the stones side by side so they are connected.

By Kan Hyeong-woo (
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