The 2nd China Japan Korea Meijin kicked off in Changde, China on August 16, 2011. Title holders of Mingren from China, Myeongin from Korea and Meijin from Japan went head to head to decide who would be the World Meijin. This year, Korea’s Park Younghun (9p), Japan’s Iyama Yuta (9p) and China’s Jiang Weijie (5p) battled each other for the title.
This is a commentary of the game between Gu Li (9p) and Iyama Yuta (9p) in the 24th Fujitsu Cup. These two also played together recently in the final of the 1st Bosai Cup, in China May 2011. At that time, Iyama defeated Gu Li and took the title. Even though Iyama’s play in that game was wonderful, lots of Go fans still thought the result was some sort of fluke. However, this time it should be different, because Iyama’s play seems to be getting even better.
On August 14, 2011, the 24th Fujitsu Cup came to an exciting finish as Park Junghwan (9p) of Korea took the title, defeating China’s Qiu Jun (8p). This is Park’s first major international title, but at only 18 years of age, it will most certainly be followed by many more. With this win, Park sets a new record as the youngest player ever to win the presitigious Fujitsu Cup.
China’s Qiu Jun (8p) is set to face off with Korea’s Park Junghwan (9p) in the final of the 24th Fujitsu Cup tomorrow. In today’s matches (August 13, 2011), Park defeated Japan’s Iyama Yuta (9p) by 3.5 points in a difficult, large scale game. On the other side of the room Qiu Jun was competing with fellow countryman Jiang Weijie (5p). Their game featured hard tactical fighting and a huge ko, which Qiu won.
We’re getting to the business end of the 24th Fujitsu Cup and places in the semi final were decided today (August 12, 2011). The last 4 players left standing are Korean youngster, Park Junghwan (9p), Japan’s Iyama Yuta (9p) and China’s Qiu Jun (8p) and Jiang Weijie (5p). Tomorrow, Park will take on Iyama and the two remaining Chinese players will play one another.
This game is from a preliminary match in the 16th Samsung Cup, between Joanne Missingham (5p) and Park Jieun (9p). These two played a game in the final of the Bingsheng Cup last September (2010), and Park won that game to take the title. Jieun is one of the strongest female players in Korea, along with Rui Naiwei (9p) and Cho Hyeyeon (9p). On the other hand, Joanne must be the strongest female player in Taiwan and she has had good results lately.
The main draw of the 16th Samsung Cup is about to be finalized, with just one more preliminary match between Baek Sungho (9p) and Kim Soojang (9p) to be played today (August 9, 2011). Find out how your favorite players have done and whether they’ve made it through to the main draw. With some unexpected results, several well known players haven’t managed to qualify and need a wildcard from the tournament organizers to continue.
Do you want to get better at Go? It seems that nearly all Go players want to improve their Go game, regardless of what level they’re currently at. And that’s not surprising. After all, it’s human nature to want to get better at the things we enjoy doing. Isn’t it? And that feeling of getting better at something is incredibly satisfying. Right? But how do you do it? Here are four key ingredients for getting good at Go.
After two exciting weeks of training, fun and friends in Shanghai, we headed to Hangzhou. Hangzhou is a beautiful city close to Shanghai, known as ‘Shanghai’s Garden’. It’s one of the cities Chinese people always choose in ‘favorite Chinese city’ polls. It’s very close to Shanghai. The weather is similar, the people look alike, even the mosquitoes are the same. But what makes Hangzhou special is it beautiful lake. The West Lake.
The legendary Takemiya Masaki (9p), pioneer of the ‘Cosmic Go Style’, has stolen the show at the 55th European Go Congress (2011) in Bordeaux, France. At a VIP event hosted by the sponsor, Zhuyeqing Tea, Takemiya danced Salsa with a French lady named Charlotte. Takemiya likens the game of Go to dancing, one of his favourite hobbies. He took up dancing a few years ago as exercise and claims it helps to improve his Go and concentration.