The 25th Tianyuan Tournament has ended with Chen Yaoye (9p) successfully defending his title against up and coming Chinese player, Zhou Hexi (4p). Zhou was tipped by punters to have a good chance against Chen in this challenge. He was one of three ‘tiger cubs’ who made it to the semi final and he won the right to challenge Chen by defeating stalwart and Chinese head coach, Yu Bin (9p).
On April 7 2011, Park Younghun (9p) won the 12th Maxim Cup, beating Lee Changho (9p) by half a point in the second match. Park won the first match several weeks ago (March 21), and with two wins he took the best of three title. The Maxim Cup is a rapid Korean domestic tournament for 9 dan players only. This year, the tournament was held on the beautiful Jeju Island.
Kim Jiseok was born in 1989, and is considered one of rising stars in Korea. He has been known as a Baduk genius since he was very young and he became a pro at the age of fourteen. Wang Xi was in his prime between 2004-2007. During that time it seemed he was stronger than anybody else and it looked as if he didn’t even need to fight to win.
This was one of the most exciting and complicated games so far in the 3rd BC Card Cup. The game was played between Kim Jiseok (7p) of Korea and Gu Li (9p) of China. Both players are well known as infighters, and it shows in this game. Gu Li’s career so far is far better than Kim Jiseok’s, but Kim is far younger and is a rising star in Korea. Enjoy the game!
The quarter finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup concluded today with Gu Li (9p) defeating Kim Jiseok (7p). In the other quarter finals, Park Junghwan (9p) defeated Zhou Ruiyang (5p), Lee Sedol (9p) defeated Chen Yaoye (9p) and Heo Youngho (8p) defeated Zhong Wenjing (5p). This leaves Gu as the only Chinese player in the semi finals, facing off against three Korean players.
There must’ve been some in the Korean camp who were nervous today. Around the middle of last week there were five remaining players in the 9th Jeonganjang Cup (an international women’s Go team tournament). Four of those players were flying the Korean standard, while one lonely player was still standing in the Chinese corner.
The round of 16 has concluded in the 3rd BC Card Cup with Gu Li (9p) beating Cho Hanseung (9p) to claim the final spot in the quarter finals. The other quarter finalists are Lee Sedol (9p), Park Junghwan (9p), Heo Youngho (8p) and Kim Jiseok (7p) of Korea and Chen Yaoye (9p), Zhou Ruiyang (5p) and Zhong Wenjing (5p) of China. The quarter finals will begin on 31 March 2011.
The first article in a series, introducing the ‘Top 20 Go players in the world in 2010’ according to Dr Bai Taeil’s world ranking. Lee YoungGu was ranked as No. 20, and Park YoungHun was 19th. They studied together at the Yu ChangHyuk’s Baduk School in Boon-Dang, and they’re very close to each other.