Go at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

The 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games kicked off on June 29, 2013 at Yonsei University in Incheon, Korea.

The Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games


Opening ceremony at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, in Incheon, Korea.

The Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games is an amalgamation of two multi-disciplinary events – the Asian Indoor Games and the Asian Martial Arts Games.

It attracts over 2,000 athletes and officials from over 40 participating member states.

The games cover a melting pot of disciplines – dance, bowling, short course swimming, various martial arts, futsal, cue sports, e-sports and mind sports (chess and Go).

Go events

There are four gold medals up for grabs in Go, in the men’s individual and team events, the women’s team event and mixed pair Go.

As the games are open to professional and amateur athletes, 11 member states participated in the Go events (see the official website for player details – the official website is no longer online).


Go playing area at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Each event in Go starts with a Swiss format preliminary round, with the top four players/teams competing in the finals. There are no playoffs for third place and the losers of the semifinals both receive bronze medals.

Two Go finals were played on July 2, 2013.


My turn? Interpretive flashcards in front of a professional standard agathis Go board.

Men’s individual Go

Korea’s Byun Sangil had a surprising victory win over the favorite, China’s Tan Xiao, in their semfinal game, but Byun couldn’t overcome China’s Tang Weixing in the final.

So Tang Weixing won the gold medal and Byun Sangil took silver. Meanwhile Tan Xiao and Byun’s fellow countryman, Lee Donghoon, both received bronze medals.


Men’s individual medalists, from left: Byun Sangil, Tang Weixing, Tan Xiao and Lee Donghoon.

Mixed pair Go

Gao Xing and Peng Liyao, from China, nudged Korea’s Choi Jung and Na Hyun out for gold in the mixed pair Go event.

The bronze medals went to Yu Zhiying and Mi Yuting, from China and O Junga and Kang Seungmin, from Korea.


Pair Go medalists, from left: Na Hyun, Choi Jung, Peng Liyao, Gao Xing, Mi Yuting, Yu Zhiying, Kang Seungmin and O Junga.

Still to come…

The men and women’s team events will be held throughout the rest of the week.

The games will continue to be broadcast live on Baduk TV until they end on July 6. See the Baduk TV Guide for details.

4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games photos

Game records

Tan Xiao vs Byun Sangil


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


China vs Korea – Pair Go


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


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  1. go Gao Xing. Congratulation for winning the Pair-go Gold Medal with your partner, Peng Liyao!

  2. Bye bye Hei JiaJia, Hello Gao Xing! 😀

  3. Hi David, I just wanna ask if someone wants to resign in a pair-go match, is he/she just say resign or he/she needs a confirmation with his/her partner?

    • David Ormerod says:

      Usually you need to agree with your partner first. I’ve heard funny stories about games where one partner wanted to resign and the other didn’t… 🙂

  4. lostbeef says:

    So what if that happens? What if the other one doesn’t want to continue and the other wants to continue? I t will be a big argument between those two.

  5. lostbeef says:

    Do you know this site David? (“http://www.pairgo.or.jp/AJFG/live-e.php?lang=en”) Its kind of pity that they are not broadcasting the Women’s Team matches. 🙁

  6. lostbeef says:

    David, what is the rank of Gao Xing. I couldn’t find any information about her in the net. Thanks. 😀

    • David Ormerod says:

      Gao Xing is 1p. Sorry, we decided not to write the ranks here because this kind of event is a bit like the Olympics.

  7. lostbeef says:

    David, so she became pro just this year? How old is she then?

    • David Ormerod says:

      I’m not sure of her age. I think she became a pro in 2012. Before that she played in some open tournaments as a top amateur.

  8. Is there some games of Gao Xing in gokifu?