China on a roll in 4th BC Card Cup

The 4th BC Card Cup is about to enter the round of 16.

This year’s tournament has been full of upsets with favorites falling left and right in the early rounds. Here’s how things stand as of March 20, 2012.

Two young Chinese stars

The two stand out players have undoubtedly been Mi Yuting 3p and Dang Yifei 4p of China. The two teenagers (aged 16 and 17 respectively) have had a brilliant run so far.

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Mi Yuting (3 dan).

In round one, Mi defeated Korea’s young star, Park Junghwan 9p. Then in the round of 32, Mi caused quite a stir by defeating the legendary Lee Changho 9p.

Dang followed suit by accounting for ‘the other Lee’ – Lee Sedol 9p – in the round of 32.

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Dang Yifei (4 dan).

Round of 16 line-up

Mi and Dang join China’s Gu Li 9p, Niu Yutian 7p, Zhou Ruiyang 5p, Kong Jie 9p, Liu Xing 7p, Xie He 9p, Tan Xiao 5p, Chen Yaoye 9p, Jiang Weijie 9p, Piao Wenyao 9p and Hu Yaoyu 8p.

The Korean representatives who’ve made it through to the round of 16 are Lee Wonyoung 3p, Park Younghun 9p and Baek Hongseok 9p.

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Park Younghun (9 dan), starting to look lonely in the Korean camp...

Unfortunately for Japan and Taiwan, the handful of their players who made it to the round of 64 were eliminated at that stage.

Things heat up in April

The round of 16 will take place in early April, starting on the 5th.

Stay tuned to see how far Mi and Dang will go in this year’s BC Card Cup!

About the BC Card Cup

The BC Card Cup is an international Go tournament sponsored by BC Card, Korea’s largest credit card company. The inaugural tournament was held in 2009.

The format is a single knockout of 64 players: 3 from Korea, 2 from China, 2 from Japan, 1 from Taiwan, 2 wild cards (chosen by the Korean Baduk Association) and 54 players who qualify through the preliminary rounds.

Photos from the 4th BC Card Cup

Game records

Dang Yifei vs Lee Sedol

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

Mi Yuting vs Lee Changho

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Mi Yuting vs Park Junghwan

(from the round of 64)

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Comments

  1. Smashing games. I guess these two youngsters represent the new generation of Chinese players that threaten to take over the go world: very exciting! Somewhere, maybe here, I read that the games of these young players are incomprehensible to the older generation, or something along this line. Maybe these incomprehensible aspects can be touched, even explained, in a comment? Thank you for showing!

    Kind regards,
    Paul

    • David Ormerod says:

      I’m not sure about your question Paul. I don’t really know myself, so mentioned it to Younggil in passing and he said “that’s really difficult to explain”.

      • On the contrary, I found the Black play by Dang Yifei remarkably easy to follow. Of course there is an iceberg of tactics under that deceptively calm water surface, but still I was impressed that you could play such natural go in our age and defeat Lee Sedol with it. It reminds me of the beautiful style of Otake, how the central shapes continued to destroy the bottom territory and eventually tearing it apart. The ko made the game worthy of all modern complexity but still it was a Zen-like display of defeating Lee Sedol’s frightening fighting power.

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      It’s hard to answer to your question. I have no idea for that, so I asked one of my pro friends who lives in Korea. My friend said, there’s not such incomprehensible aspects in their Go, but they make less mistakes, and play very well though they’re pretty young.

  2. latinpower says:

    the chinese guys are really doing it this time. does this mean they are on the path to dominate the international go scene? maybe sooner than expected?

    btw, those tv studies are the coolest i’ve seen in a while ^^^^

  3. Maybe my positional judgement is bad but in game 1 W seems to be in difficulties from pretty early on. The double ladder really allows B to develop quickly, gain thickness, and take sente.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Did you mean the Mi Yuting – Lee Changho game Tony? I was impressed by black’s play too. Mi was like a wizard, creating that double threat with the ladder. I wish I could play like that…

  4. Byung Soo Lee says:

    It seemed like the young players gained a clear advantage in the opening. It seemed like they entered the middle game with both profit and thickness. Am I just imagining things? Is this the result of new research on their part? I ask because I am curious if we are observing that Chinese research has advanced the frontiers of go knowledge or just that their young players are just crazy good at reading.

    I can’t shake the feeling that this group of young Chinese players may have made some exciting discoveries in their group studies. It might be fun to learn about.

    I hope that we will be lucky enough to get some reviews of these games later. Many thanks as always. :-)

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