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