On June 6 2011, the 23rd Asian TV Cup kicked off in Beijing, China, with a reception thrown in honour of the contestants.
The 7 players competing for the title are: Kong Jie 9p, Wang Lei 8p, Zhong Wenjing 5p of China, Park Junghwan 9p and Baek Hongseok 8p of Korea and Yamada Kimio 9p and Yoda Norimoto 9p of Japan. Kong, as defending champion, is seeded directly into the semi finals.
If the players had anticipated an easy night of good food and wine before official play commenced, they were sorely disappointed. The Master of Ceremonies, Wang Yi, had a good time asking some very probing questions.
Kong Jie gets grilled by the MC
For example, Kong was stumped with this question – “after you got married, you won 3 big international tournaments but after the honeymoon period ended, your results have not been so good, why not?”
As Kong struggled to come up with an answer, Wang Yi quickly followed with “Takemiya won this tournament 4 years in a row, are you planning to set a new record?”
About the Asian TV Cup
The Asian TV Cup is a lightning Go tournament open to the winners and runners up of domestic Chinese, Korean and Japanese TV station sponsored blitz tournaments. Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul take turns as tournament hosts.
The previous year’s winner receives a bye into the semi final while the other 6 players battle it out for the remaining 3 semi final spots.
The results so far
On June 7 2011, Wang Lei defeated Yoda and Yamada defeated Park. Zhong will take on Baek tomorrow in the remaining opening round match.
Then the semi finals will take place – Yamada will take on defending champion Kong while Wang will play the winner of the Zhong/Baek match.
Wang Lei’s imminent promotion
If Wang Lei can win his next match and make it to the final, he will be promoted to 9 dan.
Can Kong make it 3 in a row? Stay tuned for more.
Who are you cheering for?
I’d like to see Wang Lei reach 9 dan. Then I hope Kong Jie can win this Cup and give Wang Yi something to think about . How about you?