The main tournament of the 16th LG Cup kicked off on June 12 2011 in Seoul, Korea, with the obligatory lavish opening reception. There have been several early surprises and, going into the quarter finals, Lee Changho (9p) is the only contender with a solid track record in international Go tournaments. Perhaps the most anticipated match was Iyama Yuta’s game with Lee Changho…
There were some in the Chinese camp who had been casting doubt on Kong Jie’s earlier in the week. However, those doubts have been put to rest after Kong Jie (9p) emphatically defended his Asian TV Cup this week, winning both his games by resignation in well under 200 moves. Kong knocked out Baek Hongseok (8p) of Korea today (June 10, 2011) in just 162 moves. This the third successive year in which Kong has won the Asian TV Cup.
On June 6 2011, the 23rd Asian TV Cup kicked off in Beijing, China, with a reception thrown in honour of the contestants. The 7 players competing for the title are: Kong Jie (9p), Wang Lei (8p), Zhong Wenjing (5p) of China, Park Junghwan (9p) and Baek Hongseok (8p) of Korea and Yamada Kimio (9p) and Yoda Norimoto (9p) of Japan. Kong, as defending champion, is seeded directly into the semi finals.
This week: Joanne Missingham (5p), who plays professionally under her Chinese name, Hei Jiajia, turned 17 while playing in the 4th Taiwan Qiwang. The Nihon Ki-in announced players who will take up the last four spots in the 36th Kisei League. And the 32nd World Amateur Go Championships began in Shimane, Japan.
The YGA (Young Go Academy) Students’ Cup was held on Saturday April 16, at Young Go Academy in Strathfield, Sydney. It was the biggest Go event for the students in Australia since I came to Australia, and fortunately it was very successful. There were three divisions and 36 students attended the event. The participants ranged from kindergarten to university level and some were even recent graduates.
Following on from his victory over Lee Sedol (9p) earlier this week, Iyama Yuta (9p) has done it again, defeating Gu Li (9p) of China and winning the Chongqing invitational for Japan. Iyama has been a rising star in the Japanese Go world for the last five or six years. Many have speculated that he might one day rekindle Japan’s success in international Go. Has this day finally come?
This year’s Chongqing International Golden Buddha Mountain Tourism and Cultural Festival (in China) is staging a head-to-head mini-tournament called the Bosai Cup, between three of the world’s top professional Go players. Korea’s Lee Sedol (9p), China’s Gu Li (9p) and Japan’s Iyama Yuta (9p) are the invited participants. Iyama Yuta defeated Lee Sedol in game one, setting the stage for an exciting tournament.
Lee Sedol (9p) has taken the 3rd BC Card Cup World Baduk Championship for a second year in a row, defeating Gu Li (9p) with three wins to two. When compared to game four, game five was relatively peaceful. Lee Sedol in particular demonstrated a very flexible style in this game and it seemed like Gu couldn’t land a punch at times.