On 12 March 2011, Lee Sedol (9p) claimed a spot in the quarter finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup by winning against fellow countryman Park Seunghwa (4p). As the defending champion, one might expect Lee to be the clear favourite. However, many Go enthusiasts watched this game keenly, as Lee and Park have only played each other twice before and the record before this game stood at one all.
The march of the Chinese tiger cubs continues in China as Tan Xiao (4p) and Li Zhe (6p) storm into the final of the 11th Ricoh Cup. The Ricoh Cup is a Chinese domestic tournament. This is the first Ricoh Cup final where the tiger cubs have reached the final and yet another milestone for the tiger cub generation. Earlier last month, Zhou Hexi (4p), another tiger cub, became the challenger for the 25th Tianyuan title.
This is a commentary of the final game of the Female Myeongin Cup in Korea. It was played between Rui Naiwei and Cho Hyeyeon on February 18, 2011. Rui won this game, taking the best of three match and the title for the seventh consecutive time. Rui is getting older, but I think she’s still the top professional Go player amongst female Go players in the world.
On 23 February 2011, the finals of the 15th LG Cup concluded with Piao Wenyao (5p) taking out the championship against fellow countryman and defending champion, Kong Jie (9p). Piao won the first match, of this best of three final, two days ago on 21 February 2011. Now having won the second match, he has taken the title without having to proceed to the third and final match.
The 25th Tianyuan tournament is currently underway in Beijing, China. Three young Chinese professional Go players: Zhou Hexi (4p), Li Haojie (4p) and Shi Yue (4p) have reached the semi final of this year’s Tianyuan. The three players are part of a group of rising young Go professionals that the Chinese media has affectionately dubbed “the tiger cubs generation”. The three cubs will be joined in the semi final by stalwart, Yu Bin (9p).
Here is a game commentary of the recent game between Lee Changho and Won Seongjin. Lee resigned this game when he was winning, but even when Lee resigned, the game was almost finished, and Won already knew he’d lose the capturing race. It’s unbelievable that Lee misread an easy move. Go fans will miss Lee’s games in the 24th Fujitsu Cup.
The qualifying tournament for the 24th Fujitsu Cup is currently taking place in South Korea. In a surprise upset on 9 February 2011, Won Seongjin beat Lee Changho. This is the first time in 18 years (since the 7th Fujitsu Cup) that “The Stone Buddha” (Lee Changho) will not appear at the international phase of the Fujitsu Cup. Many fans will be sorely disappointed.
Have you ever wondered how top professional Go players compare? Here Dr Bai Taeil, who created the Korean ranking system, made an announcement of the World Go Ranking for the end of 2010. Calculating a world ranking is very difficult because of the differences between the systems in Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.
The 3rd game of the 35th Japanese Kisei Tournament was held on February 2nd and February 3rd in Toyama, Japan. The challenger Iyama Yuta (9 dan) defeated the Champion defender Cho U (9 dan) with 1 point and half and leads the game series 2 to 1. The Kisei title is decided in a best of seven matches with 8 hours thinking time per person. The challenger comes from a large knockout tournament where the final is decided in a best of three matches.