The 10th Chunlan Cup begins in China

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The 10th Chunlan Cup kicked off on March 26, 2014, in Taezhou, China. The Chunlan Cup is an invitational tournament for 24 top players from around the world. This year’s North American and European representatives – Jiang Mingjiu 7p and Fan Hui 2p – are certainly no strangers to the Western Go community…

Korea wins 4th Zhaoshang Cup by a whisker

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The 4th Zhaoshang Cup was played on March 21 and 23, 2014, in Hangzhou, China. Teams China and Korea competed in a seven board team tournament of the top players from the two countries. Round 1 was held on March 21 and Team Korea won 4-3 against Team China…

China wins 15th Nongshim Cup in tightly fought match

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The 15th Nongshim Cup ended on February 28, 2014, with Team China emerging victorious. Kim Jiseok was in the chair at the end of round 2 and resumed the campaign for Korea, against China’s Tan Xiao, at the start of round 3. Tan was able knock Kim out, but didn’t last long…

Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Park Junghwan – 18th Chunwon

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This is the 2nd game of the 18th Chunwon (Korean Tengen) final, which was played on January 14, 2014. Park won the 1st game of the final, and was aiming to make his come back as Chunwon title holder by winning this game. Park Junghwan’s currently ranked #1 in Korea…

Japan all out at 15th Nongshim Cup

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The second round of the 15th Nongshim Cup finished on December 7, 2013 with Team Japan being eliminated. When play resumed on December 2, 2013, Kang only managed one more win, over Kono Rin, before succumbing to Team China’s Chen Yaoye. Chen also had a pretty good run, with three straight wins…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Shi Yue – 2013 Samsung Cup – Quarter Finals

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This game was played between Shi Yue and Park Junghwan, in the quarter finals of the 2013 Samsung Cup, on October 10, 2013. Park Junghwan is currently ranked #1 in Korea. He’s very good at fighting. Shi Yue is currently ranked #3 in China. He seems to like playing a thick and solid game…

Good news for Korea at last: 2013 Samsung Cup – Round of 16

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The round of 16 of the 2013 Samsung Cup was played on October 8, 2013. Four players from China and four from Korea progressed through to the quarter finals. As a result, it’s very likely that the sponsor, Samsung, will arrange four China vs Korea matches for the quarter finals…

Chen Yaoye and Park Junghwan play a really big game of Go!

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On September 21, 2013, Chen Yaoye defeated Park Junghwan by 14.5 points in a giant game of Go, in Fenghuang, Hunan Province, China. This was China’s second victory in this biennial exhibition match. Chen Yaoye is currently #1 in China and has been in excellent form this year…

2013 Samsung Cup group stage wrap up

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After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of 2013 Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 5, 2013. 16 players progressed, including 11 players from China, and just 5 players from Korea. Japan’s players were all eliminated in the group stage…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Iyama Yuta – 25th Asian TV Cup

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This game is from the final of the 25th Asian TV Cup, played between Iyama Yuta and Park Junghwan. Iyama Yuta is arguably the best player from Japan at the moment, currently holding five of the seven major Japanese titles. Park Junghwan is #2 in Korea, next to Lee Sedol 9p, and he defeated Yuki Satoshi 9p in the semifinal…