Iyama Yuta wins 25th Asian TV Cup

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Japan continued their recent strong form with Iyama Yuta winning the 25th Asian TV Cup on June 30, 2013. Over the two previous days, in Tokyo, Iyama defeated Lee Changho and Wang Xi to reach the final, where he came face to face with Korea’s wunderkind, Park Junghwan 9p…

Japan strikes back! The 18th LG Cup

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The main tournament of the 18th LG Cup started on June 10. There were many sensational games, especially those of Japanese players. There were only four players from Japan in the main tournament, but three of them won their first round games…

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…

Go Commentary: Shin Jinseo vs Lee Changho – Prodigies vs Top Pros

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In early January 2013 some exhibition matches between three of Korea’s top players and the three young talented players were held. This is the first game between Lee Changho 9p and Shin Jinseo 1p. Lee Changho is currently ranked #13 in Korea, but many fans still recall the time when he was invincible…

Prodigies upset top pros in exhibition Go games

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Exhibition matches between some of Korea’s top professional Go players and some of its rising stars were held in Seoul from January 11-13, 2013. Representing the top pros, were Lee Changho, Lee Sedol and Choi Cheolhan. On the other hand, the young players were Shin Minjoon, Shin Jinseo and Byun Sangil…

Prodigies prevail at the 7th Ing Cup

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On September 23, 25 and 26, 2012, the semifinals of the 7th Ing Cup were played in Dujiangyan, China. September 23 saw the all Korea semifinal between Lee Changho and Park Junghwan get started in epic style. Lee and Park struggled against one another for over nine hours. Eventually though, Park’s dragon prevailed over Lee’s in the marathon match…

Favorites fall left, right and center at the 17th LG Cup

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In a surprising turn of events at the 17th LG Cup , several favorites, including Lee Changho, Lee Sedol, Gu Li, Park Junghwan and the defending champion, Jiang Weijie, fell in the round of 16. June 20, 2012 saw both Jiang Weijie and Lee Changho lose their matches, to Na Hyun and Li Kang respectively…

17th LG Cup back on the road

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On June 18, 2012, the main draw of the 17th LG Cup began in Korea. The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. This year’s first round draw produced some exciting games, such as the battle between two favorites, China’s Kong Jie and Korea’s Lee Sedol…

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.

Nie Weiping and Lee Changho play at 2012 World Expo

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On May 29, 2012, two Go superstars played an exhibition match at the 2012 World Expo. China’s ‘Steel Goalkeeper’, Nie Weiping, faced Korea’s ‘Stone Buddha’, Lee Changho. The 2012 World Expo is being held in Yeosu, Korea. The event opened in May 2012 and will run to August 2012. This year’s overarching theme is ‘The Living Ocean and Coast’.