Shin Shin-seo (23), the “absolute number one” in Korean Go, is rewriting the history of modern Go.
Shin Shin-seo, who has been ranked No. 1 for 47 consecutive months, became the first professional knight to win both the Go Olympics and the Asian Games (AG) this year.
In addition, he became the first professional go player to surpass 100 wins (12 losses) in a year by defeating Kim Eun-ji (16) 7-dan in the fourth round of the losers’ bracket of the 46th SG Go Hankook Daily Celebrity Game held on March 3.
It seems that there is nothing left to achieve, but whether he will achieve the ‘dream win rate’ of 90%, which has been considered impossible until now, is expected to heat up the board at the end of the year.
As of July 7, Shin has a record of 101 wins and 12 losses this year, a winning percentage of 89.38%.
He has set the record for most wins in a year and most individual tournaments since joining the professional ranks in 2012, but there are still many tournaments left this year.
The domestic tournaments are the Myeonginjeon and the Five-Six-Seven Timing Championships, and the World Championships are the quarterfinals of the Samsung Hwajae Cultivation and LG Boat 8-4, which start on the 15th.
There are also four rounds left in the Chinese Shellfish League, where Shin is competing as a foreigner.
The number of games is quite flexible depending on the competition, but there are about 15 to 20 games left.
It won’t be easy, but if Shin Shin-seo wins all of his remaining games, he will become the first professional go player to break the 90% annual win rate.
One loss will not prevent him from reaching the record.
If Shin goes 16-1 the rest of the way, his final record for the year will be 117-13, which is a perfect 90% win rate.
Even if Shin doesn’t reach the 90% win rate, he’ll still break the all-time winning percentage record.
The highest annual winning percentage in Korean origins is 88.37% (76 wins, 10 losses), set by Shin in 2020.
This year, Shin is also expected to break the record for the largest annual prize pool.
The previous record was set last year, also by Shin, at 1.44 billion won. 보스토토 도메인
As of today, Shin has earned about 1.35 billion won this year, according to Korea Genius.
With another 100 million won, he will break the record for the most annual prize money for the second year in a row.
Samsung Hwajaejae, which begins on April 15, has a prize pool of 300 million won for the grand prize and 100 million won for the runner-up.
In addition, the championship prize of the Myeongin Jeon is 70 million won, and the Chinese Go League has a victory allowance of about 20 million won per game.
It will be interesting to see if Shin Shin-seo, who is writing a new history of modern Go, will set new milestones at the end of the year.