On October 5th, 2011, the 16th Samsung Cup reached the quarter finals. Of the hundreds of players who started this tournament only four remain standing. Representing China, we have Chen Yaoye and Gu Li. Meanwhile, Korea’s still fielding Won Seongjin and 16 year old 1 dan, Na Hyun. The quarter final featured some exciting pairings and the resulting games didn’t disappoint. See all the results and games from today and tell us who you think will win the tournament!
The round of 16 in the 16th Samsung Cup concluded today, with two highly anticipated games. In one corner, Korea’s Lee Sedol and Lee Changho stood ready to do battle. In the other corner China’s Kong Jie and Gu Li were ready to rumble. Unfortunately for Korea, China came out 2-0. Meanwhile Kim Jiseok, Lee Younggu, Chen Yaoye, Na Hyun, Won Seongjin and Park Younghun also made it through to the quarter finals.
On October 2, 2011, Rui Naiwei defeated Choi Jung to reclaim the Female Kisung title. Rui’s won the title almost every year since it began in 2006, only missing 2010. Choi Jung put up a good fight and lost by only half a point. The teenager will turn 15 on October 7 and is definitely one to watch in the future. Rui is widely acknowledged as the strongest female Go player in the world. She’s previously won open tournaments, as well as dominating the women’s scene for over a decade.
On October 1, 2011, Iyama Yuta defeated Yamashita Keigo in the final of the Agon Kiriyama Cup. Iyama and Yamashita are also playing in the 36th Meijin title match, with game 4 scheduled to begin on October 5. Meanwhile in China, the challenger match for the 24th Mingren has concluded, with Kong Jie defeating Li Zhe 2-1 to become the challenger. Kong will now challenge Jiang Weijie for the title, starting October 21.
Here are the weekly Go problems for week 05. Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun! Easy Go problem Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file. Intermediate Go problem Download the solutions to the intermediate problem as an SGF or PDF [...]
Cho Insun is the first Go player who qualified as a professional under the Korean Baduk Association’s new rules for amateur players. To qualify this way, Cho had to earn 100 points, by defeating professional players in open tournaments. It’s very difficult to do, but Cho Insun did it! This is very exciting news for amateur players. I’ve written a little about Cho Insun and how he qualified, as well as my thoughts on this new system.
This is a commentary of the game between Park Junghwan (9p) and Chen Yaoye (9p), in the round of 32 of the 16th Samsung Cup. The game features novel and creative moves from both players in the early opening and middle game. Park tries a new move during the opening and Chen manages it superbly. Once again Chen demonstrates his skill in defending and counter attacking.
The three Meijin tournaments have continued in Asia and history has been made. On September 20, 2011, 7 dan amateur player Cho Insun defeated Park Jeonggeun (4p) in the Myeongin tournament and won himself a promotion to professional 1 dan! This is the first time a Korean amateur has become pro in this way, because it has only been possible to do so for a short time. Read more in the article.
Here are the weekly Go problems for week 04. Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun! Easy Go problem Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file. Intermediate Go problem Download the solutions to the intermediate problem as an SGF or PDF [...]
On September 20, 2011, Piao Wenyao (9p) won the 13th Ahan Tongshan Cup, defeating Chen Yaoye (9p) in the final. The Ahan Tongshan Cup is a lightning tournament in China and is sometimes known as the Agon Cup, because it shares a sponsor with the Agon-Kiriyama Cup in Japan. Earlier this year Piao won the 15th LG Cup and earned himself a promotion to 9 dan.