Shi Yue’s international breakthrough – 17th LG Cup champion

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On February 20, 2013, Shi Yue ended the 17th LG Cup early, defeating Won Seongjin 9p in two straight games. Coming into this final, Shi’s game seemed to be dangerously strong against the Korean style.
His record in 2012 was 17-2 against Korean pros – ‌including a win against Lee Sedol in the 2nd round of this tournament…

A year of Go in photos 2012-13

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Throughout the year, we see a lot of Go photos. And sometimes, when we see something funny, clever or interesting, we save a copy to share with you! Here are some of our favorite photos from the last year or so. We hope you’ll enjoy them…

Zhou Ruiyang wins 1st Bailing Cup with 3 hit combo

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The first few weeks of 2013 saw the end of the 1st Bailing Cup, as Zhou Ruiyang defeated Chen Yaoye 3-0 to win the final – and his first international title – on January 19. When we last checked in on the Bailing Cup, you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was just another domestic Chinese tournament…

Chen Yaoye to challenge Lee Sedol for his first international title – 9th Chunlan Cup

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The quarter finals and semifinals of the 9th Chunlan Cup were played on December 4 and 6, 2012, in Hangzhou, China. Of the final 8 players, the only Korean to win his quarter final match was the defending champion, Lee Sedol, who defeated Piao Wenyao. Won Seongjin fell to Jiang Weijie, Kim Jiseok was knocked out by Kong Jie and Park Junghwan was unable to overcome Chen Yaoye…

A slight edge for China in the 14th Nongshim Cup

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The 14th Nongshim Cup resumed play from November 26 to 30, 2012 for the second stage of games. When we last caught up with the 14th Nongshim Cup, Lee Hobum (3p) was celebrating Korea’s first win, having stopped China’s Tan Xiao from becoming a runaway train…

Lee Sedol’s Olleh KT Cup hat trick

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On November 23, 2012, Lee Sedol proved, once again, that he’s still got it, by defeating Choi Cheolhan 3-1 in the final of the 3rd Olleh KT Cup. This year is Lee’s Olleh KT Cup hat trick, and his three consecutive Olleh KT wins make him the tournament’s only winner so far!

They’re back! Lee Sedol and Gu Li proceed to 17th Samsung Cup final

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On November 12 and 14, 2012, Lee Sedol of Korea and Gu Li of China ensured an early finish to the 17th Samsung Cup semifinals, both defeating their opponents 2-0. Choi Cheolhan looked decidedly uncomfortable during his games against Lee. Park Junghwan, who couldn’t overcome Gu this time, still has the Ing Cup final to look forward to…

Yamashita Keigo wins 37th Meijin

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On November 12 and 13, 2012, almost three months after the title match started, Yamashita finally grasped the decisive game and successfully defended his Meijin title for the first time. As if trying to prove a point, Yamashita started a severe attack around move 60 and skilfully carried the momentum from one attack to another, winning convincingly in just 138 moves…

Gangnam Style hopes reignited as Won Punch sizes up against a tiger: 17th LG Cup

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On November 7, 2012, the 17th LG Cup semifinals concluded with Won Seongjin (9p) and Shi Yue (5p) proceeding to the final. One question on everyone’s mind is, does Won’s promise to dance Gangnam style if he wins (in the Samsung Cup) also apply to the LG Cup?

Li He wins her first international title: 3rd Bingsheng Cup

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On October 30, 2012, 16 female pros and amateurs gathered at Qionglong Mountain in Suzhou, China to take part in the 3rd Bingsheng Cup. On November 3, 2012, Li He of China won the championship, after 4 rounds of play…