Wang Chenxing on a 6 game streak in the 2nd Huang Longshi Cup


The first half of the 2nd Huang Longshi Cup concluded on February 2nd, 2012. Let’s see how the teams stand. Huang Longshi is a female team tournament between China, Japan and Korea. It uses a win and continue format and is named after an ancient Chinese Go genius from the 17th century called Huang Longshi…

Choi Jung makes her breakthrough in the 13th Female Myeongin


On January 26, 2012, Choi Jung (1p) defeated Kim Miri (2p) to claim the 13th Women’s Myeongin (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin). At only 15 years of age, Choi also became the youngest female title holder in Korea. Choi’s rise as a professional Go player has been remarkable. She turned pro in mid 2010 and only 18 months later, claimed her first major female title…

Happy lunar new year – 2012

Happy lunar new year!

You might have noticed there’s been a lack of Go news recently? There’s a good reason behind this hiatus as Korean and Chinese pros take a well deserved break to welcome in the Year of the Dragon, which begins on January 23, 2012! I’d like to wish you all a happy lunar new year!

China Korea friendship matches – January 2012


Chinese and Korean professional Go players have started the new year on a lighter note. From January 5 to 7, 2012, a group of Korean professionals took on Chinese professionals in nine rounds of friendly matches. The aim of the three days was for players to exchange ideas and play each other without the added pressure of competition.

Professionals play Pair Go at the 12th Ricoh Cup


On December 28, 2011, the 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament started in China as part of the 12th Liguang Cup. The Liguang Cup is also referred to as the Ricoh Cup because Ricoh is the tournament sponsor. The tournament features a main draw, a ‘new talent’ draw and on the lighter side, a Pair Go tournament. Never one to shy away from joining in the fun, the legendary Nie Weiping (9p) also took part…

Lee Sedol wins 2nd Olleh KT Cup


On December 22, 2011, Lee Sedol (9p) defeated Lee Changho (9p) in the much anticipated 2nd Olleh KT Cup final, winning 3-1. After Lee Changho won the first game in early December, many of his fans hoped this would be his comeback match. Unfortunately though, it was not to be. Lee Sedol fought back with three consecutive wins. In the end, Lee Sedol won the 4th game by just half a point.

China sweeps the field in 1st Sports Accord World Mind Games

Mixed Pair Go medalists, from left: Choi Cheolhan and Kim Hyemin (Korea), Piao Wenyao and Li He (China) and Yamashita Keigo and Mukai Chiaki (Japan).

On December 16, 2011, China made a clean sweep at the 1st Sports Accord World Mind Games, winning gold in both the Mixed Team and Mixed Pair Go events. Korea claimed silver in both events and the bronze medals went to Japan. Following up on our previous World Mind Games report, China went on to successfully defeat Japan in the Mixed Team event and won with straight wins. Find out what happened in the mixed pairs…

Amateur Go players rub shoulders with pros at 2011 World Mind Games


On December 9, 2011, the inaugural Sports Accord World Mind Games kicked off in Beijing, China. Participants from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe and gathered to pit their minds against each other in Bridge, Chess, Chinese Chess, Draughts and Go. There are two Go events held at the games – mixed Pair Go and the mixed team competition.

Park Younghun wins 39th Myeongin


On December 8, 2011, Park Younghun (9p) won his third game in the 39th Myeongin final, successfully defeating Baek Hongseok (8p) 3-1 and taking the title for another year. The end of the 39th Myeongin tournament also marks the end of our 2011 Three Meijins series of reports.

Won Seongjin wins 16th Samsung Cup!


At long last, on December 5, 2011, China’s Gu Li (9p) and Korea’s Won Seongjin (9p) met in Shanghai to decide the winner of the 16th Samsung Cup. On December 7, 2011, Won defeated Gu 2-1, taking the 16th Samsung Cup and winning his first major international title.