The 9th Chunlan Cup finals were held in Jinan, China on June 17, 19 and 20, 2013.
Chen Yaoye’s breakthrough!
This is Chen’s fourth attempt at an international final and it was smiles all round as Chen finally made his breakthrough on the world stage.
Smiles all round
Lee seems to make a habit of being present at special milestones in Chen’s career and looked genuinely pleased for Chen.
The last time these two met in an international final was in 2007, at the 19th Asia TV Cup, which – as Chen’s appearance at his second international final – saw Chen promoted to become the youngest 9p (at the time).
An interview with Chen Yaoye
Chen gave an interview after the game, but he still seemed to be trying to come to grips with the moment so the answers were somewhat perfunctory.
Among the more interesting points, Chen admitted that he still thinks Lee is the stronger player and that he was lucky to win (note that this seems to be the standard line that gets taught in Go player media training these days , though we don’t doubt Chen’s candor, nor his modesty).
When asked what was next for him on the agenda, Chen said that he hopes to play well in the next round of the Chinese A League and that he has to start preparing for his next games.
No rest for the wicked, nor for professional Go players!
3rd place playoff
The Chunlan Cup
The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. In addition to players from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, a European and a North American representative are also invited.
The top 8 seeded players proceed directly to round two, while the remaining 16 play a single elimination round, knocking out 8 players. After the first round, the remaining 16 players compete in a knockout tournament, culminating in a best of three final.
The tournament is sponsored by Chunlan Group, a Chinese conglomerate with interests in the air conditioning, domestic appliance, automotive, finance and alternative energy industries.
The Chunlan Cup uses Chinese rules, with a komi of 7.5 points, and offers a prize of $150,000 USD to the winner.