The finals of this new, under 20, international tournament were played at the Graduate School of Management, at GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan.
The runner up, Kyo Kagen, was born in Taiwan, but turned pro with, and plays for, the Nihon Kiin (Japanese Go Association).
China’s Lian Xiao 7p defeated his countryman Xia Chenkun 3p in the playoff for third place, and North America’s Gansheng Shi 1p (Shi Gansheng by the Chinese reading of his name) scored a win against Oceania’s Joanne Missingham 6p in the group stage.
A new hope for Japanese Go
In a hopeful sign for Japan’s Go fans, Ichiriki Ryo and Kyo Kagen defeated Lian Xiao and Xia Chenkun respectively – achieving an overall 2-0 score for Japan vs China in the finals of this tournament.
Because of this, the results from this new tournament have been a topic of some sensation in Asia.
The last time two players from the Nihon Kiin were in the final of an international tournament together was the 10th Fujitsu Cup – between Kobayashi Koichi 9p and O Rissei 9p. That was about 17 years ago.
A new international tournament in Japan
It was very unfortunate when Japanese sponsored tournaments disappeared from the international Go scene after the 24th and final Fujitsu Cup in 2011, so it’s excellent to see this brand new tournament appear with a Japanese sponsor.
Hori Yoshito, the Chairman of GLOBIS Corporation, said, “I was particularly concerned by the fact that international Go tournaments were no longer held in Japan; there used to be the Toyota & Denso Cup and the Fujitsu Cup. But they were discontinued one by one. Wondering what GLOBIS could do, I came upon the idea of initiating a world tournament to develop young players.”
Mr Hori also serves on the board of the Nihon Kiin and you can read more about his goals for Japanese Go and thoughts regarding the GLOBIS Cup on his blog (which is in English).
The talented Ichiriki Ryo
Ichiriki Ryo was born in 1997 and turned pro in 2010. A few days ago, on May 16, he also won the 5th Okage Cup (under 30 tournament), against Seto Taiki 7p.
Brief comments about the final
Black started the game with the Micro Chinese Opening.
White’s approach from the side at 8 has been becoming more popular recently.
Black 11 was a new move. Ichiriki must have researched it before the final. White 12 was a light answer, but Black was alright up to 17.
White 20 and 22 were strong moves, but the result up to 35 was satisfactory for Black.
White 38 and 48 were nice haengma. White 54 was a good move, and the game was playable for both.
White 62 and 64 were questionable. Black 69 and 75 were a nice combination. White 76 and 80 were good responses to 75, and the game up to 94 was still ok for both players.
White 106 was solid, but too slow. It was a big mistake.
The game suddenly became good for Black after 107, and 113 and 115 were a very nice combination. The result up to 120 was good enough for Black, because Black secured a large territory from the top right through to the center.
Black’s 3-3 invasion at 121 was the proper move. Ichiriki wanted to simplify the game at this stage. Black 127 and 129 were a good choice against White’s double hane at 126, because the left side was more valuable.
Black 145 was very sharp, and White 146 was the losing move. White should have played at 147 – the game would have still been better for Black, but it would have lead to a long game.
Black 147, 149 and 151 were an excellent sequence, and White’s 4 stones on the left side were captured.
The GLOBIS Cup
The GLOBIS Cup World Go U-20 is an international lightning tournament for 16 players aged 20 years and younger.
The players initially go through a group stage, similar to the Samsung Cup, or the FIFA World Cup. It uses a double elimination format, with 2 players progressing through each group.
The remaining 8 players compete in a simple knockout tournament (single elimination) to decide the winner.
The winner takes home 3 million Yen (about $30,000 USD at the time of writing) and the runner up receives 500,000 Yen.
The tournament is sponsored by GLOBIS University.
1st GLOBIS Cup Participants
This year, the participants were as follows:
China: Lian Xiao 7p, Xia Chenkun 3p and Li Qincheng 1p.
Europe: Lukas Podpera (winner of the U20 European Youth Championship).
North America: Shi Gansheng 1p (aka Gansheng Shi).
Oceania: Joanne Missingham 6p (aka Hei Jiajia).
Taiwan: Lin Junyen 6p.
More 1st GLOBIS Cup photos
Ichiriki Ryo vs Kyo Kagen
Ichiriki Ryo vs Lian Xiao
Shi Gansheng vs Joanne Missingham
Lukas Podpera vs Choi Jung
David Ormerod, with Younggil An