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.
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…
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.
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 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.
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…
The round of 16 in the 16th Samsung Cup concluded today, with two highly anticipated games. In one corner, Korea’s Lee Sedol and Lee Changho stood ready to do battle. In the other corner China’s Kong Jie and Gu Li were ready to rumble. Unfortunately for Korea, China came out 2-0. Meanwhile Kim Jiseok, Lee Younggu, Chen Yaoye, Na Hyun, Won Seongjin and Park Younghun also made it through to the quarter finals.
On October 2, 2011, Rui Naiwei defeated Choi Jung to reclaim the Female Kisung title. Rui’s won the title almost every year since it began in 2006, only missing 2010. Choi Jung put up a good fight and lost by only half a point. The teenager will turn 15 on October 7 and is definitely one to watch in the future. Rui is widely acknowledged as the strongest female Go player in the world. She’s previously won open tournaments, as well as dominating the women’s scene for over a decade.
On October 1, 2011, Iyama Yuta defeated Yamashita Keigo in the final of the Agon Kiriyama Cup. Iyama and Yamashita are also playing in the 36th Meijin title match, with game 4 scheduled to begin on October 5. Meanwhile in China, the challenger match for the 24th Mingren has concluded, with Kong Jie defeating Li Zhe 2-1 to become the challenger. Kong will now challenge Jiang Weijie for the title, starting October 21.