We’re getting to the business end of the 24th Fujitsu Cup and places in the semi final were decided today (August 12, 2011).
Tomorrow, Park will take on Iyama and the two remaining Chinese players will play one another.
Unfortunately the other two international amateurs shared Aguilar’s fate and were eliminated in the first round. Kim Jiseok defeated Artem Kachanovskyj (7d – who represented Europe) and Choi Cheolhan knocked out Andy Liu (7d – representing North America).
A special tournament
The Fujitsu Cup is the oldest international Go tournament and until the inception of World Mind Sports Games, the only international Go tournament where Western non professional players are seeded into the main draw.
Each year, 3 players are selected from North America, South America and Europe to join professionals from Japan (7), China (5), Korea (5), Taiwan (1) and the previous year’s top 3 performers in the Fujitsu Cup.
A changing of the guard?
This year’s tournament is certainly proving to be interesting. Past winners, Kong Jie 9p, Gu Li 9p and Lee Seedol 9p, who were tournament favourites, have all been eliminated. Now, no matter who wins this year’s Fujitsu Cup, it will bring a change to the face of international Go.
Will China’s up and coming Jiang win and be promoted from 5p to 9p? Will Park, who is 18, win and break Lee Sedol’s record as the youngest winner of Fujitsu Cup? (Lee first won the tournament at 19)
Will Iyama win and become the first Japanese player to win the Fujitsu Cup since Kobayashi Koichi 9p in 1997? Or will Qiu, who came painfully close to winning last year, finally achieve his international break through?
Check the results over the weekend
Stay tuned tomorrow for the semi final. The final will be played the following day on August 14, 2011.
Who do you think will win?
With an unusual combination of players, the finals already promise to be interesting. Who do you think will win this year? Or, who do you want to win and why?
Here are three excellent games from tournament so far: