China dominates 1st MLily Cup

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On August 9, 2013, there was much elation in China after their players claimed all eight quarter final places at the 1st MLily Cup. Korean fans watched in dismay as the recent dreadful results of the 18th LG Cup were repeated. Japan’s Yuki Satoshi, who also made it to the round of 16, was knocked out too…

Chen Yaoye wins 9th Chunlan Cup, finally achieves international success

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The 9th Chunlan Cup finals were held in Jinan, China on June 17, 19 and 20, 2013. Much to China’s delight, Chen Yaoye 9p defeated Lee Sedol 9p 2-1, to win his first and much overdue major international title. It was smiles all round as Chen finally made his breakthrough on the world stage…

Remembering Ing Chang-ki: The 10th Changqi Cup

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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…

Shi Yue wins 1st World Go League

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On April 29, 2013, Shi Yue 9p won the three month long World Go League at go9dan. The World Go League is an invitational tournament for five players from South Korea and five players from China, which kicked off this year. The organizers heralded it as the ultimate pro top 10…

Chen Yaoye to challenge Lee Sedol for his first international title – 9th Chunlan Cup

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The quarter finals and semifinals of the 9th Chunlan Cup were played on December 4 and 6, 2012, in Hangzhou, China. Of the final 8 players, the only Korean to win his quarter final match was the defending champion, Lee Sedol, who defeated Piao Wenyao. Won Seongjin fell to Jiang Weijie, Kim Jiseok was knocked out by Kong Jie and Park Junghwan was unable to overcome Chen Yaoye…

16 of China’s strongest players meet at the 1st Dachongjiu Cup

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In late July 2012, China’s top pros met to compete in a newly established domestic invitational for the strongest players in China, the Dachongjiu Cup. The Dachongjiu Cup is open to the top 16 pros in China. Over four days, the pros play a single knockout tournament until one winner remains…

Xie He wins 2012 Jinli Mobile Cup

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While all attention was on the Honinbo title match in Japan last week (or in my case, on the Tour de France), Jinli Mobile brought together some of the strongest pros in China for a mini tournament. On July 17 and 19, Jiang Weijie, Kong Jie, Gu Li and Xie He faced each other over two days of intense play…

Is this the world’s biggest Go board? 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup

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On July 5, 2012, the second round of the 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup took place in Quzhou, China. Go fans may know Quzhou for its famous giant Go board at the nearby Lanke Mountain. After two rounds of play, the winners of the past two tournaments, Gu Li and Xie He, have been both knocked out…

30 of the world’s best Go players 2011-2012

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Recently Dr Bai Taeil announced an updated World Go Ranking for the top 30 Go players in the world. As you’ll see, Chinese players have improved their standing relative to the 2010 World Go Ranking. As a result, even though numbers 1 and 2 are Lee Sedol and Park Junghwan, numbers 3 to 10 are all Chinese players.

Seeded players enter the fray at the 7th Ing Cup

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The first two rounds of the 7th Ing Cup concluded on May 25, 2012 with some surprising results. The most notable was Chinese 15 year old, Fan Tingyu, who defeated Lee Sedol by resignation. For Cho Chikun’s fans, the crazy hair will continue to show up in photos, after Cho defeated Liu Xing by resignation.