Amateur Go players rub shoulders with pros at 2011 World Mind Games

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On December 9, 2011, the inaugural Sports Accord World Mind Games kicked off in Beijing, China. Participants from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe and gathered to pit their minds against each other in Bridge, Chess, Chinese Chess, Draughts and Go. There are two Go events held at the games – mixed Pair Go and the mixed team competition.

Park Younghun wins 39th Myeongin

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On December 8, 2011, Park Younghun (9p) won his third game in the 39th Myeongin final, successfully defeating Baek Hongseok (8p) 3-1 and taking the title for another year. The end of the 39th Myeongin tournament also marks the end of our 2011 Three Meijins series of reports.

Won Seongjin wins 16th Samsung Cup!

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At long last, on December 5, 2011, China’s Gu Li (9p) and Korea’s Won Seongjin (9p) met in Shanghai to decide the winner of the 16th Samsung Cup. On December 7, 2011, Won defeated Gu 2-1, taking the 16th Samsung Cup and winning his first major international title.

Jiang Weijie wins 24th Mingren

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While Japan has already crowned its Meijin for 2011, the 39th Myeongin continues and 24th Mingren concluded this week, with Jiang Weijie (5p) defeating Kong Jie (9p) in five games. Here’s where things stand as of December 1, 2011.

16th LG Cup: Stage set for Lee Changho and Jiang Weijie in the final

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On November 23, 2011, Lee Changho (9p) of Korea delighted his fans by defeating China’s Xie He (7p), for a chance to win his 5th LG Cup. On the other semi final board, Jiang Weijie (5p) of China repeated his recent Fujitsu Cup win over Korea’s Kim Jiseok (7p), storming his way into the final. This sets up an interesting Lee Changho vs Jiang Weijie final…

16th LG Cup quarter final results

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On November 21, 2011, the quarter finals of the 16th LG Cup took place in Beijing, China. Lee Changho, Xie He, Kim Jiseok and Jiang Weijie will advance to the finals after defeating Chen Shiyuan, Heo Youngho, Qiu Jun and Won Seongjin respectively. The semi finals will be played in Beijing on November 23.

Cho Hanseung wins 55th Kuksu in Korea

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On November 16, 2011, the 55th Kuksu ended in Korea, with Cho Hanseung (9p) winning his first Kuksu title over defending champion Choi Cheolhan (9p). The Kuksu is a domestic title tournament in Korea. Choi, was the defending title holder and also a past title holder. However, Cho, who gained an early finish from military service based on his Go performance, was certainly a dark horse.

Yamashita Keigo wins 36th Meijin

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Yamashita Keigo defeated Iyama Yuta to win the 36th Meijin title on October 28, 2011. Yamashita, who was the challenger, took the title from Iyama in 6 games, winning the series 4-2. Iyama Yuta first won the title from Cho U in 2009 and defended it against Takao Shinji in 2010. However, he couldn’t stop Yamashita Keigo, who now holds the Japanese Meijin and Honinbo titles simultaneously.

Tale of three Meijins: Lee Changho schools Cho Insun

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The 24th Mingren, 36th Meijin and 39th Myeongin continue in China, Japan and Korea. As of October 23, 2011, the Mingren and Meijin are both in the title match stage while quarterfinalists are being decided in the Myeongin. The much anticipated game between new pro, Cho Insun, and veteran, Lee Changho, took place on October 18, with Lee defeating Cho by resignation…

Park Jieun wins 2nd Bingsheng Cup

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Park Jieun won the Bingsheng Cup for a second year in a row, after defeating Tang Yi in the final on October 13, 2011. The Bingsheng Cup is a women’s tournament, held in Qionglong Mountain, Suzhou, China. Amateur players can participate by qualifying to represent their region, and this year Natalia Kovaleva represented Europe. North America and Oceania were represented by professional players, Feng Yun and Joanne Missingham.