32nd World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) 2011 Final Results

Baoxiang Bai of China wins 32nd WAGC

Baoxiang Bai of China wins the 32nd WAGC

On June 1 2011, China’s Baoxiang Bai won the 32nd World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) with a triumphant clean sweep of 8 wins. South Korea’s Woo Soo Choi finished in second place with an impressive 7 wins – losing only to Bai in round 5. Bai’s game with Hirata has been commented here.

Round 5 decides the winner

Arguably, Bai’s match with Choi in round 5 determined the winner of the tournament. Interestingly enough, in last year’s 31st WAGC, China and Korea also met in round 5 to battle it out for the championship! Korea won last year’s championship (the 31st WAGC).

Other than Choi, Bai also defeated Hirata of Japan, Wu of Chinese Taipei, Lui of USA, Rattanasetyut of Thailand, Burzo of Romania, Suponeu of Belarus and Mezhov of Russia.

Eric Lui takes 3rd place for the USA

Eric Lui of the USA claimed the third place with 6 wins!

Eric Lui of the USA (left) plays Woo Soo Choi of South Korea in round 4 (Photo: John Pinkerton AGA E-Journal)

The rest of the top 10 are as follows:

4. Thomas Debarre of France
5. Hironori Hirata of Japan
6. Jun Fan of Canada
7. Franz-Josef Dickhut of Germany
8. Tsung-Han Wu of Chinese Taipei
9. Gheorghe Cornel Burzo of Romania
10. Merlijn Kuin of Netherlands

Congratulations to all the participants!

More photos from the 32nd WAGC

84 year old Hironori Hirata of Japan plays Alexander Selby of the UK

Takemiya Masaki 9p and Kobayashi Chizu 5p review a game with Cornel Burzo of Romania and Thomas Debarre of France

Photos by Zhang Xiang (the representative for Singapore) and John Pinkerton.

Game record: Round 8 – Baoxiang Bai (China) vs Hironori Hirata (Japan)

There is also a game commentary by Younggil for this game.


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Game record: Round 5 – Baoxiang Bai (China) vs Woo Soo Choi (South Korea)


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