SEOUL, Sept 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Baduk boards and rows of tables and chairs took over the sidewalk of Sejongro, next to Gwanghwamun, setting the stage for an epic 110 versus 1,300 Baduk (game of Go) match.
As part of a vehicle-free event in the Gwanghwamun and City Hall area, 1,300 citizens competed against 110 professional baduk players.
Originally, 1,000 citizens were expected to participate in the event hosted by the Korea Baduk Association, but a total of 1,300 Baduk players ended up taking part, with the participants eagerly witnessing the moves of the professionals in person.
Participants were of all ages, from children to the elderly. The pros played with a handicap, but even so, they wowed the amateur players with their great moves.
Young students commented that they were stunned at moves from the professional Baduk players that gave them had a hard time. Many pledged that they would practice harder and play a better game next time.
Among the professional players were ninth-graders Cho Hoon-hyun and Kim Ji-seok and sixth-grader Choi Jeong. They were selected as honorary ambassadors of the event, as they frequently use public transportation rather than their own cars.
Public figures such as Seoul mayor Park Won-soon and singer Kim Jang-hoon also participated, testing their Baduk skills.
Kookmin Bank, the sponsor of the event, will be donating 10 million won that was collected for charity, to those who are poor in energy through the Social Service Network.
Ninth grader Cho Hoon-hyun commented on the event. “We feel very fortunate to have spent a wonderful time with so many Baduk fans and also be able to help those in need. I hope the Baduk world could have more opportunities like this.”
By Lina Jang(firstname.lastname@example.org)