Park Jieun won the Bingsheng Cup for a second year in a row, after defeating Tang Yi in the final on October 13, 2011. The Bingsheng Cup is a women’s tournament, held in Qionglong Mountain, Suzhou, China. Amateur players can participate by qualifying to represent their region, and this year Natalia Kovaleva represented Europe. North America and Oceania were represented by professional players, Feng Yun and Joanne Missingham.
On October 5th, 2011, the 16th Samsung Cup reached the quarter finals. Of the hundreds of players who started this tournament only four remain standing. Representing China, we have Chen Yaoye and Gu Li. Meanwhile, Korea’s still fielding Won Seongjin and 16 year old 1 dan, Na Hyun. The quarter final featured some exciting pairings and the resulting games didn’t disappoint. See all the results and games from today and tell us who you think will win the tournament!
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.
The three Meijin tournaments have continued in Asia and history has been made. On September 20, 2011, 7 dan amateur player Cho Insun defeated Park Jeonggeun (4p) in the Myeongin tournament and won himself a promotion to professional 1 dan! This is the first time a Korean amateur has become pro in this way, because it has only been possible to do so for a short time. Read more in the article.
On September 20, 2011, Piao Wenyao (9p) won the 13th Ahan Tongshan Cup, defeating Chen Yaoye (9p) in the final. The Ahan Tongshan Cup is a lightning tournament in China and is sometimes known as the Agon Cup, because it shares a sponsor with the Agon-Kiriyama Cup in Japan. Earlier this year Piao won the 15th LG Cup and earned himself a promotion to 9 dan.
The quarter finals of the 2nd Olleh KT Cup are nearly upon us and soon the top professional players in Korea will be pitted against one another. Park Junghwan (9p), Lee Sedol (9p), Kim Jiseok (7p), Kang Dongyun (9p) and Heo Youngho (9p) have already qualified. The final two places will be decided between Cho Hanseung (9p) and Lee Younggu (8p) on September 23, 2011. And Lee Changho (9p) and Kang Yootaek (4p) on September 25.
Each of the three Meijin tournaments have started in China, Korea and Japan. Let’s see how things stand as of September 14, 2011. In Japan, Yamashita Keigo (9p), current Honinbo title holder, is challenging Iyama Yuta (9p) for the Meijin title in a best of 7 games match. In China, the challenger match for the Mingren title is being played between Kong Jie (9p) and Li Zhe (6p). In Korea, the Myeongin is being played as a knock out tournament between 16 players for the first time.
Joanne Missingham (5p), who plays professionally under her Chinese name, Hei Jiajia, was recently spotted carrying an unusual paper fan at her games. Upon closer inspection, the fan is inscribed with ‘protest against gender discrimination’ in Chinese calligraphy. The incident that sparked this protest was the recent 2nd Qiandeng Cup, a friendly tournament between Chinese and Taiwanese professionals…