2nd Huading Cup goes down to the wire

The 2nd Huading Cup took place in Taizhou, China, from April 26-28, 2013.

Team Korea won this women’s team event with an overall score of 2-1 and 6 individual wins.

Team Korea by a whisker’s breadth

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Park Jieun 9 dan, captain for Korea: Tied on wins with China’s captain, Li He 5 dan.

When the dust settled, Team China had the same record as Korea, but Team Korea won by a whisker’s breadth after the countback.

When two teams are tied (according to the rules of this tournament), the results of individual games (tied at 6 wins each in this case) are counted, followed by the captains’ results (if it’s still a tie).

In this case, the team captains, Park Jieun 9p and Li He 5p were also tied, with two wins and one loss each.

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Kim Miri 2 dan breaks the tie with three wins.

So the countback went all the way back to the results of the second board.

Korea’s Kim Miri 2p had won three games while, Tang Yi 2p won two. This was the result that decided the winning team in the end.

China bests Korea in round 1

In the first round, Team China defeated Team Korea 2-1, with white winning all games.

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Li He 5 dan, China’s team captain.

Most Go fans expected the Chinese team to win the tournament after that.

Japan outplays China in round 3

However, in the final round, the Team Japan beat Team China 2-1.

This result was somewhat unexpected, because Japanese teams generally haven’t defeated Chinese teams in recent years.

Xie Yimin 6p defeated Li He by resignation, in the captains’ match (first board).

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Xie Yimin 6 dan defeated Li He by resignation.

Meanwhile, Mukai Chiaki 5p prevailed against Wang Chenxing 5p in a tight half point game.

Xie is the top female player in Japan and Mukai is practically #2.

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Team Japan’s Mukai Chiaki (5 dan, left) plays China’s Wang Chenxing (5 dan).

Team Korea defeated Team Taiwan 3-0 and, with some luck and some help from Team Japan, was able to win the tournament.

Korean women on a roll

At the 1st Huading Cup, in 2012, the Korean team members won all nine of their games, so they were able to win the tournament without dropping a single game.

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From left (ladies): Park Jieun, Kim Miri and Kim Chaeyoung receive the obligatory oversized check.

The Korean women’s team also reclaimed the Huang Longshi Cup a few weeks ago (on April 11), taking it back from China, so they’re on something of a roll lately.

Joanne Missingham in the limelight

Beyond the excitement of the games, Joanne Missingham 6p (also known by her Chinese name, Hei Jiajia) was the darling of the photographers and reporters.

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Joanne Missingham 6 dan: Taiwan’s team captain was a favorite with the media.

Missingham was born in Australia and later lived in the US too. She qualified as a professional Go player in China, in 2008, and later joined the Taiwanese Go Association (her mother is originally from Taiwan).

Unfortunately, Missingham didn’t win any games this time, playing as Taiwan’s team captain, but she’s still the top women’s player in Taiwan.

The Huading Cup

The Huading Cup is a women’s team event played between China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. It was first held in 2012.

Each team has three members, and they play a three board round-robin over three days.

The tournament uses Chinese rules and each player receives 2 hours main time and 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi for each game.

The winning team receives 200,000 RMB (approx $32,000 USD at the time of writing) and the runner-up receives 100,000 RMB. The remaining two teams receive 50,000 RMB each.

The tournament is sponsored by Huading Tea, and is supported by the Chinese Weiqi Association and the local government in Zhejiang Province.

2nd Huading Cup photos

2nd Huading Cup results

April 26: Round 1

China 2 – Korea 1

  • Li He 5p (white) vs Park Jieun 9p, 290 moves, W+3.5
  • Tang Yi 2p (black) vs Kim Miri 2p, 186 moves, W+R
  • Wang Chenxing 5p (white) vs Kim Chaeyoung 1p, 202 moves, W+R

Japan 2 – Taiwan 1

  • Xie Yimin 6p (black) vs Joanne Missingham 6p, 284 moves, B+0.5
  • Okuda Aya 3p (white) vs Su Shengfang 2p, 195 moves, B+R
  • Mukai Chiaki 5p (black) vs Zhang Zhengping 3p, 265 moves, B+7.5

April 27: Round 2

Korea 2 – Japan 1

  • Park Jieun (black) vs Xie Yimin, 205 moves, B+R
  • Kim Miri (white) vs Okuda Aya, 322 moves, W+R
  • Kim Chaeyoung (black) vs Mukai Chiaki, 210 moves, W+R

China 3 – Taiwan 0

  • Li He (black) vs Joanne Missingham, 163 moves, B+R
  • Tang Yi (white) – Su Shengfang, 102 moves, W+R
  • Wang Chenxing (black) vs Zhang Zhengping, 187 moves, B+R

April 28: Round 3

Korea 3 – Taiwan 0

  • Park Jieun (white) vs Joanne Missingham, 222 moves, W+R
  • Kim Miri (black) vs Su Shengfang, 211 moves, B+R
  • Kim Chaeyoung (white) vs Zhang Zhengping, 174 moves, W+R

Japan 2 – China 1

  • Xie Yimin (black) vs Li He 243 moves, B+R
  • Okuda Aya (white) vs Tang Yi, 305 moves, B+R
  • Mukai Chiaki (black) vs Wang Chenxing, 300 moves, B+0.5

Game records

Park Jieun vs Li He

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Xie Yimin vs Li He

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Mukai Chiaki vs Wang Chenxing

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Joanne Missingham vs Park Jieun

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About Younggil An

Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He won the 'Prize of Victory of the Year' in 1998 for winning 18 consecutive pro games. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now runs Younggil's Go School in Sydney, Australia and writes at Go Game Guru. You can find Younggil on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Comments

  1. not fair! chinese team should’ve won the tournament. the match between them and the korean team should’ve been the real tiebreaker.

    btw, JM and XY, really cute

    • Byung Soo Lee says:

      Nope. Those are the rules of this particular tournament, which everyone accepted. Moreover, China barely beat Korea but barely lost to 3rd place Japan. You might say that those two results balance out. Japan could also claim that they should have a share of 1st place as well.

      Of course, I agree that these rules are not the best and resolving ties in this way feels unsatisfactory. It would have been nice to get a tie-breaker match between the captains or something of that nature.

      Then again, the sponsor probably doesn’t want to shell out extra $$ for that. In such cases, I think that we should be happy with simply letting the teams finish tied for first place rather than using unsatisfactory tie-breakers. Unfortunately, the prevalent mentality seems to be that a single winner must be crowned.

      I guess I just miss ties? :-)

  2. IRISES kgs 4k says:

    I love Hei Jiajia :)

  3. Where is Song Ronghui? : (

  4. kimidori says:

    Wow, good tournament. I’m a fan of Japan and happy to see they win to China. What a shame that they lose the tie-break, because their 2nd board lost all the game (even the game with Taiwanese player).
    As said the article, Xie is indisputably the strongest female player in Japan now, and Mukai is rank 2 (yet she is in table 3 in this tournament and beat all her opponent). I wonder why Japan choose an unknown player (at least to me) to be the 2nd board, probably because her performance in the recent tournaments in Japan.
    However, it seems that Korea and China do not send the strongest team to this event. Korea miss Choi Jung, who has recently very good result in Huang Longshi tournament, and China miss the legendary Rui Naiwei and also Yu Zhiying, who eliminate both Xie and Mukai in Huang Longshi tournament.

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Thanks for your comment.
      Let me explain about it. In Korea, normally there’re qualifying matches to select the representatives for the international tournaments, so strong players can be eliminated. And even if Rui Naiwei or Choi Jung is very strong, some other prospective players need to get a chance to compete with other nation players to improve. That’s why there’re some unknown players you can see in team event matches.

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