*First youngest team participation*
The 5th Korea Jeollanamdo Kuksu Mountain International Baduk Championship 2018 was held from the 28th July ~ 1st August, 2018; Two days of matches of 6-rounds from 28th ~ 29th July and another two days of sight-seeing tour from 30th July ~ 1st August.
Team Leader: Xinwen
1- Cayenne Yeo (15kyu)
2- YoonJae (16kyu)
The event is organized by Hanguk Kiwon (Korea Baduk Association) and Jeollanamdo Baduk Association; mainly to focus the professional tournament “Korea Kusku Mountain Championship” while the U-18 Children Categories that everyone else join was a side event.
Each international participant is to play 3 matches against local Korean participant in the same group-match and another 3 matches against local Korean participants in another same group-match the next day.
International Participant was also given opportunity to play with young professional players.
The tournament system did not use standard international system to show a proper result standing or pairings; hence all participants will receive gold medal as token of participation while participants with perfect-win will receive additional Certificate of Achievement.
International participants were given the chance to watch live professional games notably by Lee Changho, Hei Jia Jia, Kim JiSeok, Park JungHwan, Xie Yi Min, Takao Shinji and so on.
However, students were not allowed to get their signature or group pictures with them which was said to be allowed in 2017. Furthermore, It was said that students get to purchase more goodies in 2017 – pretty disappointing in this manners.
Sightseeing Tours were covered nicely, however refreshment for Lunch & Dinner became repetitive in the same restaurant which bored all participants.
Regardless, event as massive as this, needed to be evaluated and reviewed by their local organizing committee to make sure there will be more series in the following years.