13 years old
Yang, who is only 13 years old, has caused quite a stir by becoming the youngest domestic title holder in China.
Yang Dingxin in good company
This puts Yang in the league of other famous young title holders like Lee Changho (9p – who won his first KBS title around the same age). Any record buffs out there, please go ahead and let me know the exact details :).
After turning pro at the age of 10 in 2008, Yang the reached the semi finals of the Lanke Cup in 2010 and won New Talent division of the Ricoh Cup in 2011.
Due to his rank, he also qualified for the New Talent division of this year’s tournament, of which he was ironically only the runner up!
That title went to another talented Chinese teenager, Li Xuanhao 3p.
The Ricoh Cup
The draw is mainly invitational and the format is a straight knockout – even the final is just one game.
The players are allotted 60 minutes main time per game and some form of over time (byo yomi), which seems to get revised every year. In 2012 the prize for first place was 250,000 RMB (approximately $40,000 USD).
Apart from a generous winner’s prize, Ricoh also hands out a range of lucky door/fighting spirit prizes to other players and audience members. This year, Ge You, a popular Chinese actor, handed out various Ricoh products to the lucky winners.
Ricoh is an international electronics company, which has its headquarters in Japan. It produces printers, photocopiers and other office equipment, as well as cameras.