On October 30, 2012, 16 female pros and amateurs gathered at Qionglong Mountain in Suzhou, China to take part in the 3rd Bingsheng Cup.
On November 3, 2012, Li He of China won the championship, after 4 rounds of play.
Li won 200,000 RMB (about $32,000 USD at the time of writing) along with a fast tracked promotion from 3p to 5p.
All China affair
After two rounds of play, the Chinese players had defeated all other participants, ensuring a win for China.
It didn’t surprise anyone that the legendary Rui Naiwei 9p stormed her way to the final.
Her opponent was 19 year old Li He, who’s a regular on the Chinese team in the Jeongganjang Cup.
Perhaps the fairly fast time settings favoured the 19 year old, who proved too strong for Rui on the day.
Amateurs rub shoulders with pros
Europe was represented by Rita Pocsai (4d – from Hungary) and North America by Sarah (Jin) Yu (6d – from Canada).
The Bingsheng Cup
The Bingsheng Cup was first played in 2010, in Qionglong Mountain, Suzhou, China.
It’s sometimes also referred to as the Qionglong Cup for this reason.
It’s a women’s knockout tournament for 16 players from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, North America and Oceania.
Amateurs are allowed to take part if they win the right to represent their region.
The time settings are relatively fast, at 30 minutes main time followed by 1×30 seconds byo-yomi.