Zhou Hexi to challenge Chen Yaoye in the 26th Tianyuan

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On February 18, 2012, Zhou Hexi (4p) defeated Tan Xiao (5p) to become the challenger for the 26th Tianyuan title (the Chinese equivalent of Tengen). Zhou, was also the challenger for the Tianyuan title in 2011 and will once again take on Chen Yaoye (9p) for a second shot at the title. Can Zhou go one better than last year?

Jiang Weijie wins 16th LG Cup

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On February 15, 2012 Jiang Weijie of China (who will now certainly be promoted from his former rank of 5p) defeated Lee Changho (9p) of Korea in the final of the 16th LG Cup. The final started on February 13 and Lee appeared to have a good game until Jiang ended things suddenly by killing a large white group in the center…

Wang Chenxing on a 6 game streak in the 2nd Huang Longshi Cup

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The first half of the 2nd Huang Longshi Cup concluded on February 2nd, 2012. Let’s see how the teams stand. Huang Longshi is a female team tournament between China, Japan and Korea. It uses a win and continue format and is named after an ancient Chinese Go genius from the 17th century called Huang Longshi…

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Choi Jung makes her breakthrough in the 13th Female Myeongin

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On January 26, 2012, Choi Jung (1p) defeated Kim Miri (2p) to claim the 13th Women’s Myeongin (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin). At only 15 years of age, Choi also became the youngest female title holder in Korea. Choi’s rise as a professional Go player has been remarkable. She turned pro in mid 2010 and only 18 months later, claimed her first major female title…

Man vs Machine showdown in the board game Go

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Do you remember when the world watched IBM’s ‘Deep Blue’ supercomputer challenge grandmaster Garry Kasparov across the chess board? It was almost 15 years ago now, but it was big news at the time, shocking news for some, because the computer won. Many believed that it marked the beginning of the era of machine supremacy in the realm of board games…

China Korea friendship matches – January 2012

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Chinese and Korean professional Go players have started the new year on a lighter note. From January 5 to 7, 2012, a group of Korean professionals took on Chinese professionals in nine rounds of friendly matches. The aim of the three days was for players to exchange ideas and play each other without the added pressure of competition.

Professionals play Pair Go at the 12th Ricoh Cup

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On December 28, 2011, the 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament started in China as part of the 12th Liguang Cup. The Liguang Cup is also referred to as the Ricoh Cup because Ricoh is the tournament sponsor. The tournament features a main draw, a ‘new talent’ draw and on the lighter side, a Pair Go tournament. Never one to shy away from joining in the fun, the legendary Nie Weiping (9p) also took part…

Lee Sedol wins 2nd Olleh KT Cup

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On December 22, 2011, Lee Sedol (9p) defeated Lee Changho (9p) in the much anticipated 2nd Olleh KT Cup final, winning 3-1. After Lee Changho won the first game in early December, many of his fans hoped this would be his comeback match. Unfortunately though, it was not to be. Lee Sedol fought back with three consecutive wins. In the end, Lee Sedol won the 4th game by just half a point.

China sweeps the field in 1st Sports Accord World Mind Games

Mixed Pair Go medalists, from left: Choi Cheolhan and Kim Hyemin (Korea), Piao Wenyao and Li He (China) and Yamashita Keigo and Mukai Chiaki (Japan).

On December 16, 2011, China made a clean sweep at the 1st Sports Accord World Mind Games, winning gold in both the Mixed Team and Mixed Pair Go events. Korea claimed silver in both events and the bronze medals went to Japan. Following up on our previous World Mind Games report, China went on to successfully defeat Japan in the Mixed Team event and won with straight wins. Find out what happened in the mixed pairs…