Lee Chang-ho (Korean:이창호; born 29 July 1975 in Jeonju, North Jeolla) is a South Korean professional Go player of 9-dan rank.
Briefly about Go
Go was invented in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played today (backgammon is also a very old game). It has very simple rules, but despite that, it is very complex. The game is played on a board with a 19×19 grid of lines. The playing pieces are called ”stones”. One player uses the white stones and the other, black. Beginners often play on a smaller 9×9 or 13×13 boards. The aim of the game is to capture territory. The players take turns placing the stones on the vacant intersections (”points”) of a board. The player with a greater territory at the end of the game wins the game.
Currently, there are estimated to be well over 40 million Go players worldwide. Go is very popular in East Asia, particularly in China, Korea, and Japan.
Said about Go
– Matti Siivola (a Finnish 4-dan amateur) and Lauri Paatero (a Finnish 2-dan amateur) at the back of their book ”Go – The Game of God´s”: ”The strategy and tactics of Go are overwhelmingly more difficult and subtle in comparison to other board games”.
Links about Go
– Anders Kierulf´s website SmartGo is a place to buy Go and Othello software (SmartGo and SmartOthello) developed by Anders himself. At website one can buy also Go related ebooks. One can find Anders also on Twitter!
– Drago is freeware Windows application for editing and viewing Go game files and also playing against engines. I made the Finnish translation!
– Leela is a strong freeware Go playing program.
– Wikipedia´s article about Go, good as always.
Lee Chang-ho (born in 1975) is a living Go legend. He turned professional in 1986 at the young age of 11 (!). ”Stone Buddha” is one of Lee’s many nicknames. He is regarded by many as the best Go player in late 1990s and early 2000s. Around year 2000 I met Matti Siivola or Lauri Paatero (I do not remember any more) at an international Go tournament in Järvenpää, Southern Finland, and asked him why Lee Chang-ho is so overwhelming compared to other players. Matti/Lauri answered that ”Lee Chang-ho is very strong in the endgame”. This view is also supported by Wikipedia, which states that ”his endgame skill is one of the strongest in history”.
A link to Lee Chang-ho Wikipedia article