China wins inaugural Tri-Nation Pair Go

The inaugural Tri-Nation Pair Go competition was held in Heifei, Anhui Province, China on April 30, May 1 and 2, 2013.

Chang Hao and Wang Chenxing

Much to the delight of the home crowd, China’s Chang Hao 9p and Wang Chenxing 5p won the tournament, which featured pairs from China, Japan and Korea.

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Team China: Chang Hao 9 dan (left) and Wang Chenxing 5 dan.

Yu Changhyeok and Choi Jung

Yu Changhyeok 9p teamed up with one of his former students, Choi Jung 3p, to represent Korea.

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Team Korea: Choi Jung 3 dan (left) and Yu Changhyeok 9 dan.

Yu and Choi have previously shown themselves to be formidable as a pair Go team.

Yuki Satoshi and Suzuki Ayumi

Yuki Satoshi 9p and Suzuki Ayumi 6p carried the flag for Japan.

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Team Japan: Suzuki Ayumi 6 dan (left) and Yuki Satoshi 9 dan.

Yuki was in good form, having just taken the Judan title from Iyama Yuta 9p, on April 26.

A three round affair

As is common in these three way tournaments, there are three rounds and the winner must win two matches.

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Yuki and Suzuki play Yu and Choi.

Yu and Choi won the first spot in the final by defeating the Japanese pair, who were also unable to make good of their second chance against Chang and Wang.

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Yu and Choi play Chang and Wang in the final.

Chang and Wang prevailed against Yu and Choi in the final, on May 2.

Only the first cab off the rank

Pair Go is the first event of the new Tri-Nation Go Tournament. Apart from other matches, there are also public events for Go fans to test their wits against professionals.

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Suzuki Ayumi plays simultaneous Go with children.

One familiar face was former Chinese Go Association President, Wang Runan 8p, who hails from Anhui Province.

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Wang Runan 8 dan plays teaching games.

Wang returned home to play with some of Anhui’s youngest Go players.

The Three Kingdoms

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The Three Kingdoms Park in Hefei, China.

The tournament was held at the aptly named, Three Kingdoms Park in Heifei, China.

History buffs will know the ‘Three Kingdoms’ actually refers to a tempestuous period in Chinese history, filled with struggles between the Wei, Shu and Wu kingdoms.

The park’s pictureque grounds contain some ancient ruins from the Three Kingdom period.

Game records

Japan vs Korea – Round 1

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

China vs Japan – Round 2

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

China vs Korea – Round 3

Download SGF File (Go Game Record)

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  1. The eaten stone at move 142 in game 1 look like a heart :-)
    Btw pro pair go games are very clean, compare to amateur

  2. lostbeef says:

    What’s with the team Japan when they played g4 on move 141 against team Korea in the round 1??

  3. oiseaux says:

    Keeping connected to G3 stone is worth more than the 10 or so stones that get captured on move 141. If Black connects at G5, then white secures a rather large portion of territory. It’s the kind of calculated, mature move a pro makes; although it looks like a huge capture which most of us would immediately wish to avoid, there are still bigger and more urgent moves on the board.

  4. Japan needs to step up there game! I wish i was an insei in japan training to become pro otherwise I would not be letting this happen !~ P.S. school really sucks :<

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