There were some in the Chinese camp who had been casting doubt on Kong Jie’s form 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.
As the defending champion, Kong was seeded into the semi final. On June 8, 2011 he played Yamada Kimio 9p of Japan, winning with white in 140 moves.
Kong Jie wins the final in style
Today’s game (June 10) was equally impressive. Kong knocked out Baek Hongseok 8p of Korea in just 162 moves, again playing white. This is the third successive year in which Kong has won the Asian TV Cup.
If he keeps this up, he may equal Takemiya Masaki’s record of four consecutive wins in this tournament.
Earlier in the week, Kong was grilled by Wang Yi at the opening of the 23rd Asian TV Cup. It seems like Wang will have to eat his words tonight, though he will certainly be happy to see a fellow countryman win the title.
Here are Kong’s games: