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The 16th LG Cup is full of surprises: Lee Changho faces young guns

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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…

Kong Jie wins 23rd Asian TV Cup

Kong Jie (9 dan) wins his 3rd consecutive Asian TV Cup

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.

23rd Asian TV Cup kicks off

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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.

Go Commentary: Baoxiang Bai vs Hironori Hirata – 32nd WAGC 2011

Baoxiang Bai (left, 20 years old) and Hironori Hirata (84 years old)

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.

32nd World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) 2011 Final Results

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On June 1 2011, China’s Baoxiang Bai won the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) with a triumphant clean sweep of 8 wins. South Korea’s Woo Soo Choi finished in second place with an impressive 7 wins – losing only to Bai in round 5. Eric Lui of the USA claimed the third place with 6 wins!

May 2011 World Go Round Up

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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.

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Iyama Yuta – 1st Bosai Cup

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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.

2nd Young Go Academy Students’ Cup

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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.

Top 20 Go Players: Lee Changho and Qiu Jun

Lee Changho 9 dan

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.

Iyama Yuta defeats Gu Li, Japan wins Bosai Cup

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Following on from his victory over Lee Sedol (9p) earlier this week, Iyama Yuta (9p) has done it again, defeating Gu Li (9p) of China and winning the Chongqing invitational for Japan. Iyama has been a rising star in the Japanese Go world for the last five or six years. Many have speculated that he might one day rekindle Japan’s success in international Go. Has this day finally come?