Top Koreans from a Chinese stance

As a follow-up to our report on the new Korean rankings, here is a Chinese angle on the top three players at international level. The results were prepared by Zhao Jiaqiang for the newspaper Zuqiu (Soccer). We have adapted the report somewhat to turn it into an Olympic table of gold, silver and bronze. Data are as of 5 September 2005.

  CHO HUN-HYEON YI CH'ANG-HO YI SE-TOL
World finals
(won/reached)
11 out of 16
= 68.8%
20 out of 26
= 76.9%
6 out of 8
= 75.0%
Korean finals
(won/reached)
146 out of 217
=67.3%
106 out of 132
= 80.3%
8 out of 15
= 53.3%
Career win-loss
(world)
137-75
= 64.6%
230-76
= 75.2%
66-29
= 69.5%
Career win-loss
(Korea)
1524-575
= 72.6%
1015-271
= 78.9%
428-187-1
= 69.5%
Best winning
streak (world)
11
2001-06~2001-11
14
2002-01~2005-06
14
2005-01~2005-08
Best winning
streak (Korea)
31 (1997) 41 (1990) 32 (2000)
Age at 1-dan 9 years 7 m.
Born 1999-99-99
11 years 1 m.
Born 1999-99-99
12 years 4 m.
Born 1999-99-99
Age at first
world title
36 years 6 m.
(1989 Ing)
16 years 6 m.
(1992 Tong Yang)
19 years 5 m.
(2002 Fujitsu)

It appears that Yi Ch'ang-ho is still clearly victor ludorum. And note that apart from his winning streak of 14 in international competition he has also set up two other streaks of 12. Yo Se-tol has not yet confirmed second place from Cho Hun-hyeon, especially if the paucity of international events in Cho's early career is taken into account. On the other hand, Yi Se-tol can claim to be the man in form. His score in international events since May 2004 is 27-4 (87.1%).

It is interesting that the Chinese even outside of mainstrean go should be storing or using all the data necessary to make such a report.

The GoGoD database so far has the following numbers of games for these players: