The waiting is over and 7th Ing Cup is about to start. Round 1 takes place on May 23, 2012.
Players arrived in Taiwan yesterday, with photographers tailgating them from the moment they touched down in Taipei.
The Ing Cup
The Ing Cup is the oldest continuous international go tournament for professionals.
It started in 1988, just after the inaugural (and now defunct) Fujitsu Cup, and is held every 4 years, coinciding with the Summer Olympics.
The format is a 24 player knockout with 8 players being seeded into the second round. The semifinals are played as the best of 3 matches, and the final is best of 5.
The tournament uses the Ing Rules, which were designed by Ing Changki. Ing Rules have some unique aspects.
7th Ing Cup players
Interestingly, Cho U 9p will play for Taiwan, while Cho Chikun 9p plays for Japan.
Full list of players
Below is the full list of players – those in bold are seeded into round 2:
- China: Kong Jie 9p, Gu Li 9p, Xie He 9p, Piao Wenyao 9p, Chen Yaoye 9p, Jiang Weijie 9p, Liu Xing 7p, Tan Xiao 7p, Fan Tingyu 3p, Qiu Jun 9p
- Korea: Choi Cheolhan 9p, Lee Changho 9p, Lee Sedol 9p, Won Seongjin 9p, Park Junghwan 9p, Kim Jiseok 8p
- Japan: Cho Chikun 9p, Yuki Satoshi 9p, Hane Naoki 9p, Takao Shinji 9p
- Taiwan: Cho U 9p, Wang Yuanjun 4p
- Europe: Catalin Taranu 5p
- North America: Yang Huiren 1p.
First round results
UPDATE: Here are the results from round 1:
- Xie He defeated Catalin Taranu
- Kong Jie defeated Hane Naoki
- Tan Xiao defeated Wang Yuanjun
- Park Junghwan defeated Yang Huiren
- Qiu Jun defeated Kim Jiseok
- Fan Tingyu defeated Takao Shinji
- Won Seongjin defeated Chen Yaoye
- Liu Xing defeated Yuki Satoshi.
Watch the Ing Cup live
You can watch the 7th Ing Cup at Go Game Guru on Baduk TV Live.
The official coverage for round 1 starts at:
- 1:00pm Korean Standard Time, Wednesday May 23
- 6:00am Central European Summer Time, Wednesday May 23
- 4:00am Greenwich Mean Time, Wednesday May 23 (adjust for European Summer Time)
- 12:00am US Eastern Daylight Saving Time, Wednesday May 23.
See the Baduk TV Guide for more details and future match times.
Who are you supporting?
Who are you supporting in this year’s Ing Cup? Who do you think will win? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.