China dominates 1st MLily Cup

On August 9, 2013, there was much elation in China after their players claimed all eight quarter final places at the 1st MLily Cup.

Korea’s woes continue

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Cho Hanseung 9 dan, one of two players from Korea to make it to the round of 16.

Korean fans watched in dismay as the recent dreadful results of the 18th LG Cup were repeated.

Choi Cheolhan 9p and Cho Hanseung 9p, the only two Koreans in the round of 16, were defeated by China’s Lian Xiao 4p and Wang Lei 8p respectively.

Perennial favorite, Lee Sedol 9p, was defeated in the second round by Mi Yuting 4p who, at 17, is the youngest quarter-finalist.

Speculation in Korea is that the ever increasing prevalence of lightning games on the Korean domestic scene is making it harder for their players to compete in these (relatively slower) international matches. As you can imagine, this is leading to some soul searching in Korea.

Japan’s lone rider

After Japan’s Yamashita Keigo 9p and Murakawa Daisuke 7p fell in the first round, Yuki Satoshi 9p put up a valiant fight and charged through to the round of 16.

Unfortunately, despite his recent good form, Yuki’s efforts weren’t quite enough to get him past China’s Wang Xi 9p.

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China’s Wang Xi 9 dan (left) eliminated Japan’s Yuki Satoshi in the round of 16.

Quarter final pairings

For those playing in the next round, the celebrations will be brief as play continues on August 11, 2013. Here are the pairings:

UPDATE: Quarter final results

[This article has been updated] - Here are the quarter results from August 11:

  • Mi Yuting defeated Dang Yifei
  • Zhou Ruiyang defeated Lian Xiao
  • Gu Li defeated Wang Lei
  • and Wang Xi defeated Wu Guangyya.

Gu Li will play Zhou Ruiyang and Wang Xi will play Mi Yuting in the semifinals, in September 2013.

The semifinals will be best of three matches and the final will be best of five. The exact date for the final hasn’t been decided yet.

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1st MLily Cup quarter-finalists (from left): Dang Yifei, Zhou Ruiyang, Lian Xiao, Wang Lei (Sr), Gu Li, Wu Guangya and Wang Xi. Mi Yuting went AWOL for this photo, but is also in the quarter finals.

Full Round of 16 results

The MLily Cup

The MLily Cup is a biennial international Go tournament, which started in 2013 and is sponsored by MLily Meng Baihe – a mattress and bedding company.

It’s intended that it will alternate with the (also biennial) Bailing Cup, every other year.

The draw consists of 14 seeded players from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan and 50 players from preliminary rounds, including 4 women and 4 amateurs.

This tournament is quite slow by international standards, with time settings of 3 hours main time and 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi. The semifinals are played as best of three matches and the final is a best of five match.

The winner receives 1.8 million RMB and the runner up receives 600,000 RMB. This puts the tournament in the same league as the Bailing Cup and Samsung Cup, in terms of prize money.

The official name, ‘MLily Meng Baihe Cup World Go Open Tournament’ (try saying that quickly 10 ten times) uses the sponsor’s double barrel English and Chinese names.

The Chinese name, 梦百合 Meng (=dream) Baihe (=lilies), translates literally to ‘dream of lilies’. A looser, but more natural translation would be something like ‘sweet dreams’. This explains the somewhat cryptic ‘MLily’ moniker.

1st MLily Cup photos

Oh, and if anyone is wondering why I included the photo of people folding name plates in the gallery, it’s because it reminds me of my old job in public relations – trying to avoid paper cuts in the wee hours on the eve of running an event!

Game records

Lian Xiao vs Choi Cheolhan

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

Wang Xi vs Yuki Satoshi

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

Lee Sedol vs Mi Yuting

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

Kong Jie vs Chen Yaoye

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

About Jing

Jing likes writing, and can occasionally be convinced to play a game of Go. Although she doesn't play Go as often as she once did, she still enjoys following the professional Go scene and writing about it on Go Game Guru. You can find Jing on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Comments

  1. Although China advanced, the seeded distribution (w/ wild card sponsors) had been uneven: 6 Chinese, 4 Koreans, 3 Japanese and 1 Taiwanese player.

    And the preliminary tournament added: 35 Chinese, 14 Koreans, 1 Taiwanese.

    In any case, congratulations to all of the players who made it to the quarterfinals. It was a tough field and they can all be very proud.

    The Kong Jie/Chen middlegame, beginning around mv. 39, was pleasant to watch.

    I didn’t care for Yuki Satoshi’s direction on play on the opening, esp. mv. 12. Then some strange shapes were made and Wang Xi played very well and took advantage of them.

    Mi Yuting solidly beat Yi Sedol — there seemed some pretty clumsy fighting going on. Mi also defeated Kong Jie after Kong defeated Chen Yaoye.

    In the Lian Xiao vs Choi Cheolhan game, the bottom left corner attachment joseki seems to be coming back again. I hadn’t seen it in a long while, but had it played against me in two games just last month and was surprised to see it. I think it’s still fairly unexplored and has a lot of potential for fighting variations and research to come from it. I also found this game to be the most exciting. Can you believe it was also 330 moves long?! Have fun replaying this one.

    • Hi Logan,

      You make a good point about the uneven spread in the draw. Indeed, even the preliminaries were heavily dominated by Chinese pros. I suppose it is a Chinese tournament, but while the LG Cup and Samsung Cup favor Korea, there’s not quite as much bias.

      Actually out of the 14 Koreans that made it through the preliminaries, 4 were amateurs. While there are some frighteningly strong Korean amateurs, I’m sure in a field like this, their chances of making it through were slim.

  2. The game record includes a lovely Kong Jie vs. Chen Yaoye game, but the article makes no mention of either of the two players at any point. Was this game included by mistake?

    • Hi Nicolás,

      As Logan mentioned, Kong and Chen played each other in the second round and I included their game because I thought readers would enjoy the interesting game they played.

      It’s sometimes hard to judge what details to include in these posts when there is such a large draw to start with.

      But thank you for the reminder to include explanations of any game records we include in our posts.

  3. Quarter-final results:

    Mi Yuting 4p defeated Dang Yifei 4p
    Zhou Ruiyang 9p defeated Lian Xiao 4p
    Gu Li 9p defeated Wang Lei 8p
    Wang Xi 9p defeated Wu Guangya 6p

    Semifinal matchups are as follows and will be a best 2 out of 3:

    Wang Xi 9p vs Mi Yuting 4p
    Zhou Ruiyang 9p vs Gu Li 9p

    Two things to be excited for: 1. Whether Mi Yuting 4p, at 17 years of age, can go the distance after having already defeated Yi Sedol, Kong Jie, and Dang Yifei. 2. Zhou Ruiyang 9p vs Gu Li 9p best 2/3, because Zhou has been playing some of his best go this year and, as you may expect, both are currently ranked in the top ten Chinese players. Wang Xi follows very closely behind.

  4. The probability of pure Chinese quarter finals by chance alone is 22% (C8|42 / C8|50) not taking into account seeding. So the lopsided draw is no negligible factor. Of course, if the pattern is repeated across all tournaments, Koreans can go and look for causality.

  5. Hi,

    Thank you for the games. Is it possible to get Kong Jie vs Chen Yaoye reviewed since upper left situation seems to be a quite popular today but I have no idea about the status of the groups in different stages of game. Some other game with this kind of joseki is fine also.
    Thanks :)

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