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The main tournament of the 16th LG Cup kicked off on June 12 2011 in Seoul, Korea, with the obligatory lavish opening reception. There have been several early surprises and, going into the quarter finals, Lee Changho (9p) is the only contender with a solid track record in international Go tournaments. Perhaps the most anticipated match was Iyama Yuta’s game with Lee Changho…
There were some in the Chinese camp who had been casting doubt on Kong Jie’s 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. Kong knocked out Baek Hongseok (8p) of Korea today (June 10, 2011) in just 162 moves. This the third successive year in which Kong has won the Asian TV Cup.
On June 6 2011, the 23rd Asian TV Cup kicked off in Beijing, China, with a reception thrown in honour of the contestants. The 7 players competing for the title are: Kong Jie (9p), Wang Lei (8p), Zhong Wenjing (5p) of China, Park Junghwan (9p) and Baek Hongseok (8p) of Korea and Yamada Kimio (9p) and Yoda Norimoto (9p) of Japan. Kong, as defending champion, is seeded directly into the semi finals.
This is a commentary of a top game from the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship in Japan. Bai (China) is a 20 year old young guy, and Hirata (Japan) is 84. Hirata used to be one of the four great amateur players in Japan. Bai swept all 8 of his games and won the tournament. Hirata’s score was 6-2 after losing this game, and he was ranked in 5th place. However, it’s still amazing as he is 84 years old. I can’t imagine how he can play so beautifully at his age.
This week: Joanne Missingham (5p), who plays professionally under her Chinese name, Hei Jiajia, turned 17 while playing in the 4th Taiwan Qiwang. The Nihon Ki-in announced players who will take up the last four spots in the 36th Kisei League. And the 32nd World Amateur Go Championships began in Shimane, Japan.
This game was the final of the Bosai Cup between Gu Li (9p) and Iyama Yuta (9p). Both players defeated Lee Sedol (9p) before this game. Iyama played this game wonderfully. White 112 was the winning move. Iyama’s endgame was perfect, and Gu didn’t get any chances afterwards. This game should be one of Iyama’s best games, I’m sure.
The YGA (Young Go Academy) Students’ Cup was held on Saturday April 16, at Young Go Academy in Strathfield, Sydney. It was the biggest Go event for the students in Australia since I came to Australia, and fortunately it was very successful. There were three divisions and 36 students attended the event. The participants ranged from kindergarten to university level and some were even recent graduates.
The next two players in the Top 20 Go Players of 2010 are Lee Changho (9p) and Qiu Jun (8p). Lee Changho is the most well-known player in the Go world today, and his career is extraordinary. Qiu Jun became a pro when he was 12 in 1994. He won the Mingren (Master – Chinese equivalent of Meijin) in 2003. He has become one of the top players in China.