The Master of Go
Professional and Professor of Go
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Currently a professional player and a professor of the game Go, Jeong Soo-hyun (English Language and Literature, ’83) dreamed of becoming a professional Go player since he was in high school. Jeong learned to play Go as a student and was charmed by the joy until he eventually decided that he wanted to be a master of it. As a professional player, Jeong has written about 40 books, has been teaching Go for more than 20 years, and has telecasted on numerous TV programs.
Go and life
Jeong navigated his life toward the world of Go and sought his career in that field at first because he was purely attracted by its joy. It all began as an interest and a passion, after which he grew to be more enthusiastic and ambitious. To Jeong, Go is not just a job but rather something that links to his mind and thoughts. “I found another world studying Go. I might call it a world of Go culture,” laughed Jeong. “I often refer to Go as a panacea, which is the cure for all ills. I sometimes get amazed by how extensive Go can reach in our daily lives. It teaches us so much!” exclaimed Jeong.
After graduating from high school, he entered the Korea Baduk (game of Go) Association as a researcher, which is the first and indispensable step of becoming a professional. He had about 40 Go matches every year, through which Jeong studied and accumulated his skills and knowledge. “It’s not through practice that you improve yourself in Go, but it is rather through analyzing other players’ games. So I made several small groups and focused on growing insights and developing my own mastery.” Jeong read books about Go in order to get the holistic picture of the game and to master the theory of it. The more he studied, the more he was absorbed into the game.
Jeong reached the highest level of 9th grader in Go after countless matches starting from level one when he was 41. Higher levels could be achieved through gaining points by winning Go matches. “I highly recommend learning or practicing Go as a hobby. It is not only fascinating itself but also extremely lesson-full and wisdom-giving at the same time. Recently, Go has become a global mind-sport, meaning being good at it will enable you to be good at communicating with people.” After becoming a professional Go player and entering Hanyang University, Jeong has established a club named “Hanyang Giwoohui”, which has become more active even after Jeong’s graduation.
As a professional and a professor
It has been more than 20 years since Jeong became a professor of Go at a Korean university. He spent the longer part of his Go life as a professor than as a professional. With his life motto “no pain no gain”, he has been teaching his students that where there is no effort, there is no outcome. “What I’ve learned through my life as a Go player is that it feels more worthwhile to do something for the others than for just yourself and that the ultimate result will be in your favor. I believe doing what you love with passion will beget meaningful outcomes,” manifested Jeong.
Winning the second place in both KBS Baduk Match and SBS Baduk Match, and being the first winner of the Professional Baduk Match, Jeong’s name is mentioned in lists of the winners of many professional Go matches. “I only won the second place because my rival was mighty. I can still recall the bitterness,” reminisced Jeong. Currently taking the role of the president of Korea Professional Baduk Association and Korean Society for Baduk Studies, Jeong is continuting his studies of Go. “No pain no gain is my life philosophy. If you don’t work, there will be no award.”
Having published about 40 books of baduk (Go), Jeong’s recommendations for beginners are ‘Introduction to Baduk’, ‘Master of Management’, and ‘CEO Who Reads Baduk’, all of which are perfect for baduk beginners to read. He first wrote a book due to a request of learners, after which Jeong got a number of requests from other publishing companies to publish more books. Thanks to all his publications, he acquired the nickname “baduk professor” even before he became one. His achievements all together as a professional Go player spotlights him as one of the most prominent players.
Jeon Chae-yun email@example.com
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