Shi Yue wins 1st World Go League

Shi Yue 9 dan wins the go9dan World Go League.

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…

Korea wins 14th Nongshim Cup

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On March 1, 2013, the 14th Nongshim Cup concluded with Park Junghwan defeating Jiang Weijie and reclaiming the Cup for Korea. With this win, Korea continues its undisputed dominance in this team tournament – this is the Korean team’s 11th win in the history of the Nongshim Cup.

A slight edge for China in the 14th Nongshim Cup

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The 14th Nongshim Cup resumed play from November 26 to 30, 2012 for the second stage of games. When we last caught up with the 14th Nongshim Cup, Lee Hobum (3p) was celebrating Korea’s first win, having stopped China’s Tan Xiao from becoming a runaway train…

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…

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…

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.

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.