The 10th Changqi Cup kicked off on May 27, 2013, followed by rounds two and three on May 29 and 31 respectively.
Up until this year, the Changqi Cup was the second most generous tournament in China, with the winner receiving 450,000 RMB. It’s now in third place, in terms of prize money, behind the Quzhou Lanke Cup and the newly-created Qisheng.
Changqi Cup draws a strong field
The Changqi Cup consistently attracts some of China’s top professionals, and 2013 was certainly no exception. On the first three days we saw the likes of Chang Hao 9p, Fan Tingyu 9p, Kong Jie 9p, Jiang Weijie 9p etc competing.
Tan defeated the defending champion, Chen, while Lian knocked out previous runner-up, Tuo.
Fourth time lucky for Liu?
Liu, who has a very creative and free flowing style of play, has already had three attempts at the Changqi Cup; in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He was unsuccessful all three times, unable to overcome Gu Li in 2007 and 2011, and Qiu Jun in 2008
At 28 (he turns 29 later this year), Liu is 7 years older than the next oldest semifinalist. In contrast, Lian, Tan and Shi were all born in the 1990s and turned pro in the 2000s.
A decade in the world of professional Go is a long time, so it will be interesting to see how Liu fares against his next opponent, Lian – who’s also the youngest semifinalist.
Semifinals and final
No date has been set for the semifinals, although the finals have been scheduled for late October 2013.
As always, Go Game Guru will bring you updates as news happens. You can also check the Pro Go Calendar for the dates of upcoming games.
The Changqi Cup
The Changqi Cup is one of China’s most generously sponsored tournaments, with a winner’s prize of 450,000 RMB (over $73,000 US). It’s jointly hosted by the Chinese Go Association and the Shanghai Branch of the Ing Foundation.
The tournament first started in 2004 in memory of Ing Chang-ki.
The draw follows a straight knockout of 30 players, with the semifinal and final played as a best of three. The finalists are seeded directly into round two the following year (hence the draw main draw of 30 players, rather than 32).
The Changqi Cup is also one of the few professional tournaments to use the Ing Rules.