2022-2023 KB Baduk League (Nanga 10R 3G)
Kicks, last train to PS after pressing Korean price information
(Hangame Baduk = Reporter Han Chang-gyu) The regular season, which cut off the opening tape at the end of last year, has finally reached its final destination. For the first time in history, there are three tickets for each league that can go to the postseason stage in both major leagues.
In the ranking competition that got fiercer toward the end, Kicks, following Sudam League’s Jeonggwanjangcheonnok, Suryeohan Hapcheon, Ulsan Korea Zinc, and Nanga League’s Korea Price Information and Celltrion, rode the last train to end the 5-month fierce battle.
Half of the six teams in each league were the gateway to survival, and each league had one foreign team that was particularly inferior, but the road to the postseason was arduous.
Kicks caught the No. 1 Korean price information in the Nanga League in a game where it was vital to advance to the postseason. It was a game of revenge that returned the score of 0-4 in the first half to 4-0 in the second half.
The 96th game, which ended all schedules of the regular league held on the evening of the 19th, was a matter of life and death for not only Kicks, which was directly related, but also POSCO Future M, who was watching.
At the end of the league, thanks to various helpers, the Kicks players, who had a chance to grow dramatically, were treasured. Kicks, who advance by winning with a score of 3-1 or higher, defeated the first place team, Korea Price Information, 4-0, and opened a new road to the postseason like a drama. It was also to avenge the 0-4 rout in the first half.
“Has Shin Jin-seo ever had a bad team with 9-dan?”
Such words circulated frequently towards Kicks, who were on the verge of being eliminated in the mid-to-late season. Kicks is a team represented by 9-dan Shin Jin-seo, the absolute leader in the rankings. Shin Jin-seo, 9th Dan, defeated Kang Dong-yoon, 9th Dan in the final game and climbed to the top of 20 wins (2 losses), the first time in a single regular season.
Shin Jin-seo, 9th dan, with 20 wins and 2 losses. Along with his 6th most wins, he became the first knight to reach 20 wins in a single regular league.
9th dan coach Kim Young-hwan, who had no personal experience of winning a championship, immediately changed his original goal of advancing to the postseason to winning the championship when the luck came to pick Shin Jin-seo 9th dan at the player selection ceremony.
Other players performed poorly. The number of wins won by the rest of the team was less than that of Shin Jin-seo. In the final match of fate in such a situation, all of them cooperated in a great victory, with the eldest brother Park Jin-sol, 9th Dan, raising the finish line.
9-dan Shin Jin-seo, who took her first steps in the 2013 season, only stayed in 6th place in that season when she was selected as the third choice, but from the following year, she has been active in the postseason for eight consecutive seasons (won two championships).
Park Jin-sol, 9th dan (right), the eldest brother of the Kicks, took the mound after knowing that the team would advance if he won. The opponent is Han Seung-joo, 9th Dan.
Coach Kim Young-hwan said, “It became difficult after losing to the Taiwanese team, but I want to praise the players who did so well in a very burdensome game.” It was a regular season,” he said, looking back on the season.
Shin Jin-seo, 9th Dan, said, “I don’t know about anything else, but as a team, it’s a very important match, so I went with the attitude that I shouldn’t lose. I thought that the team could win because the order came out well.”
In individual wins, Minjun Shin 9p (16-4), Park Jung-hwan 9p (16-6), and Kim Myeong-hun 9p (16-6) led the 16-win group behind Shin Jin-seo 9p, who took the overwhelming first place with 20 wins and 2 losses. formed Byun Sang-il 9-dan had 15 wins and 7 losses, Won Seong-jin 9-dan had 14 wins and 7 losses, and Kim Ji-seok 9-dan had 13 wins and 8 losses. Shin Jin-seo’s 9th Dan win is the sixth in a row for two seasons in a row.
Coach Kim Young-hwan said, “I want to say (to players who have been sluggish) that they should cheer up in the postseason because they have failed well so far.” Shin Jin-seo, 9th Dan, said, “I’ve been with coach Baek Dae-hyun for three years at Celltrion, but it’s the past. We’ll meet as enemies, so we’ll win many games. I hope that the team members do well and reach the finals as much as we went up difficult.”
The 2022-2023 KB Kookmin Bank Badu메이저놀이터k League, which finished the regular season for five months, will enter the postseason where the first to third places in each league advance from next week. Prior to that, on the 23rd at 2:00 PM, a media day will be held at the Korea Kiwon convention center.
The postseason, which is played in three consecutive matches at each stage and best-of-five in each game, starts on the 26th and 27th with Sudam League semi-playoffs between Suryeohan Hapcheon and Ulsan Korea Zinc. From June 1st to 3rd, Celltrion and Kicks will play the Nanga League semi-playoff.
In the semi-playoffs, the top team in the regular league gives an advantage, so the 3rd place team must disclose the order of countries 1-5 in the first game in advance. It is also a matter of interest who to attach to Shin Jin-seo in ‘Open Order’. The prize money is 250 million won for 1st place, 100 million won for 2nd place, 40 million won for the eliminated PO teams, and 20 million won for the eliminated semi-PO teams. There is no ace match in the postseason.