In late July 2012, China’s top pros met to compete in a newly established domestic invitational for the strongest players in China, the Dachongjiu Cup.
The Dachongjiu Cup is open to the top 16 pros in China. Over four days, the pros play a single knockout tournament until one winner remains.
The winner is awarded 200,000 RMB (about $30,000 USD at the time of writing) and the runner up receives 80,000 RMB. In addition, all players receive 10,000 RMB for each game they play.
Dinner before play
As always, the players were welcomed by a lavish banquet.
The draw was determined by players taking turns to choose a folding fan (see Gu Li above).
A notable inclusion in the draw was Dang Yifei 4p.
Dang didn’t qualify, based on his rank, but was awarded a wildcard due to his impressive run at this year’s BC Card Cup.
The other wildcard recipient was Wang Yao 6p.
Jiang Weijie emerges victorious
Perhaps Jiang’s experience gave him a slight edge and he was too good for Shi on the day.