New 9-dans on KGS
It is very
hard to get the much wanted 9-dan rank on KGS by playing other 8-dans, as their
level is so high nowadays. So recently we are seeing new faces getting to 9-dan
by giving many handicap stones to mid/low dan-players.
'WH1114' [he uses the Chinese (Taiwan)
client], for example, became solid 9d after beating 'Javaness' 3d on 5 stones.
It is of course a legitimate method, but it seems that they cannot perform so
well against other 9-dans in even games. The game that you can see here was
WH1114's first (and only) game against someone stronger than 6d. He lost (no
surprise there, as his opponent was 'eku'...).
The game was
really enjoyable, and you can learn a lot about shapes by reviewing it, especially
cutting tesujis. White 94-100 is a
nice example. And, as we know, 'eku' is a great fighter, so his games are
always fun to watch (as usual, he killed one of his opponent's dragon). After
W158, Black's big group is cut and doomed, so 'WH1114' resigned a few moves
player who got a nice rank recently by playing handicap games is 'SunnyLucky' (who also uses the Chinese
client... Could they be the same person?). When 'SunnyLucky' became solid 9d,
he finally played a high-dan player: 'kghin'. He was crushed in that game
('kghin' also killed one of his big dragons). It is clear from his other games
that he is not 9-dan in strength.
The only true
and not-so-famous 9-dan that has appeared recently is 'WoonSai', from South Korea. Unfortunately, he is not playing on KGS
anymore (was the server too weak for him?). You can check http://files.gokgs.com/games/2011/4/2/WoonSai-kghin.sgf to see his game against 'kghin', which 'WoonSai' won by 43,5 points. Really