Remembering Ing Chang-ki: The 10th Changqi Cup

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Rui Naiwei 9 dan (left) and Xie He at the 10th Changqi Cup.

The 10th Changqi Cup kicked off on May 27, 2013, followed by rounds two and three on May 29 and 31 respectively.

Chen Yaoye 9p, the defending champion, and Tuo Jiaxi 3p, the previous runner-up, were seeded directly into the second round. This allowed them to relax and enjoy the games on day one.

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.

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Chen Yaoye 9 dan (left) plays Tan Xiao 7 dan.

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.

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Chang Hao 9 dan (left) and Li Xuanhao 3 dan at the 10th Changqi Cup.

After three days of fierce battle, four players remain – Tan Xiao 7p, Liu Xing 7p, Shi Yue 9p and Lian Xiao 4p. All four can boast responsibility for major casualties.

Tan defeated the defending champion, Chen, while Lian knocked out previous runner-up, Tuo.

Meanwhile Shi and Liu defeated previous Changqi Cup champions, Qiu Jun 9p and Gu Li 9p.

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

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Liu Xing 7 dan (left) defeated Gu Li 9 dan in round 2, and continued through to the semifinals of the 10th Changqi Cup.

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.

10th Changqi Cup photos

Game records

Liu Xing vs Gu Li

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Kong Jie vs Tan Xiao

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Rui Naiwei vs Xie He

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Tuo Jiaxi vs Lian Xiao

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About Jing

Jing likes writing, and can occasionally be convinced to play a game of Go. Although she doesn't play Go as often as she once did, she still enjoys following the professional Go scene and writing about it on Go Game Guru. You can find Jing on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Comments

  1. That Gu Li/Liu Xing game is very playful. Maybe we can get a review of it. Also, some go players have been expressing interest in the recent surge in 4-4 approach-invasion variations as seen in “Kong Jie vs Tan Xiao” & “Rui Naiwei vs Xie He.”

  2. I just replayed the Liu Xing – Gu Li game. Until now I hadn’t really noticed Liu Xing, but this game is quite something to me. Especially many of Liu’s moves look like kikashi moves, you play them, the opponent answers and you ignore them for the time being. Because of this, Liu seems untouchable, very difficult to handle, and the position on the board becomes very complicated and messy, with lots of unsettled stones and small groups being the basis for all kinds of attacks that are abandoned for yet another attack that is soon abandoned. This all is mind-boggling to me, daunting, I wonder how to study such a game, whether it is at all possible. In the end a huge group is killed, if I saw it well. Very nice, I wonder how Gu Li felt after this game.

    Kind regards,
    Paul

  3. DanielTom says:

    I like Liu Xing’s “nobi”s.

  4. In Liu Xing vs Gu Li, I told all my friends “look with that opening, L3 is a viable invasion point” and they all told me I was completely crazy and that white couldn’t play that way.

    Although I guess Gu Li did lose that match.

    I sometimes wonder if recently Gu Li is trying to make the game complicated and difficult so that he is forced to sharpen his reading skills.

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