The 24th International Amateur Pair Go Championship

The 24th International Amateur Pair Go Championship was held in Tokyo, Japan from November 2-3, 2013.

Team Korea wins


Kim Sooyang (left) and Jeon Junhak – 24th International Amateur Pair Go Champions.

Kim Sooyang and Jeon Junhak, representing Korea, won the tournament with five straight wins – after a close final round game with Oda Ayako and Nagayo Kazumori from Japan.

Kim and Jeon were crowned the International Amateur Pair Go Champions.

Lin Hungping and Lo Shengchieh, from Taiwan, were the runners up, with four wins and one loss. They came in second on points.


The runners up: Lin Hungping (left) and Lo Shengchieh, from Taiwan, in their ‘national costumes’. Note that players were given little choice about wearing these 🙂

Japan’s Oda and Nagayo (mentioned above) finished in 3rd place, also with four wins and one loss. They were crowned the Japanese Amateur Pair Go Champions.

The highest finishing team from outside of Asia were Natalia Kovaleva and Dmitry Surin, from Russia, who finished 4th. Kovaleva and Surin only lost one game – to one of the 11 Japanese pairs in the tournament.


Dmitry Surin (left) and Natalia Kovaleva, from Russia, finished 4th.

Olga Silber and Benjamin Teuber, representing Germany, and Irina Davis (née Suciu) and Lucretiu Calota, from Romania, also finished strongly – in 9th and 11th place respectively.


Olga Silber (left) and Benjamin Teuber, from Germany, came in 9th.



Lucretiu Calota and Irina Davis, from Romania, finished in 11th place.

Please visit the International Amateur Pair Go page for full results.

The deciding game

The Korean pair and the Japanese pair (Oda & Nagayo) were the only two teams with four wins, going into the final round.

Oda and Nagayo had defeated the pair from Taiwan in the previous round.

Michael Redmond 9p gave a live commentary during the deciding game between Japan and Korea. It was also broadcast live on Pandanet.

According to Redmond, Korea (black) was doing well throughout the game, but Japan took the lead after taking several big points in the early endgame.

However, Japan lost 4 points later on because of an endgame mistake and team Korea were able to win.

Friendship matches and costumes

On the first day of the tournament, participants were required to dress in embarrassing national costumes.

While I suspect that most pairs felt ridiculous wearing their costumes, Jing and I, who represented Australia at the tournament, managed to choose the most ridiculous costumes in attendance.


David Ormerod (me, left) and Jingning Xue dressed as a kangaroo and a koala for our national costumes. Looking at the photos now, I’m not sure what we were thinking… Actually, I remember what we were thinking, ‘Australia doesn’t have a national costume’ :).

Unbeknown to us, the organizers wished for us to remain in costume not only during the friendship games with other players, but also throughout dinner! We were very hot, but at least people were amused.

Els Buntsma and Merijn de Jong, from the Netherlands, won the prize for the best dressed pair.


Els Buntsma and Merijn de Jong, from the Netherlands, won a prize as the best dressed pair and got to wear their costumes again at the closing ceremony the following night ;).

The International Amateur Pair Go Championship

The International Amateur Pair Go Championship (IAPGC) is a pair Go tournament between 32 teams (64 players), which started in 1990.

It includes 21 teams from around the world and 11 teams selected from regions within Japan.

The tournament doubles as the Japanese Pair Go Championship, with the highest finishing Japanese pair becoming Japanese amateur champions.

Games are played with 45 minutes sudden death (no byo-yomi) for each pair, and ladies play first.

IAPGC Photos


We apologize that we weren’t able to update Go Game Guru while we were in Japan for this event. There were many more official events and people to meet than we anticipated.

Now that we’ve finished spreading koalas, we’ll return to promoting Go, and Go Game Guru will return to normal 🙂

About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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  1. That is a fantastic costume, David. Kudos for having the nerve to wear it!

  2. That looks like a lot of fun, you all deserved it! A very good reason to have it quiet here for a while, much worse reasons thinkable.

    Kind regards,

    • Thanks Paul. These events are always a lot of fun because you get to meet all sorts of interesting people from all over the world who are also interested in Go. We highly recommend it to anyone who gets a chance to attend!

  3. What, you didn’t paint your noses black? But seriously, well done on representing Australia and for the continued great Go coverage and service to the English-speaking Go community.

    • What a great idea! I actually did have an eyeliner but didn’t think to use it on my nose!

      Face paint is a must on our shopping list next time!

  4. Very nice costumes! I like your idea with the koala and kangaroo (though, I think male kangaroos don’t have pouches, do they? So that would make you the female ^^)

    Anyway, just thought I’d mention it: you spelled the name of one of the Dutch couple wrong: it should be Merijn, not Merjin.

    • That’s very true Tamara! Unfortunately I was too short to fit into the kanagroo suit and vice versa. At least the pouch was very useful for holding random things like hotel room keys etc – usually that sort of stuff goes in my handbag instead 🙂

  5. It’s a pity that Germany wears a bavarian costume, feeding a stupid cliché. Nontheless, nice report. I liked the koala and the kangaroo.

    • Hi David,

      Glad you liked the report. I think it’s always a fine balance choosing something not too cliched but still easily recognized as quintessential to a particular country. We actually did wonder if the koala and kangaroo were a bit of a cliche…

      • Actually you could wear Aborigines-ish cloths. The Traditionell outfit would be probably a bit short of cloth =).

  6. José Fidel says:

    It’s nice to have you back, but nicer still that you had the chance to relax and have fun for a change.

  7. Hi David,
    Thank you for the autograph.