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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

Jiang Weijie wins 24th Mingren

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While Japan has already crowned its Meijin for 2011, the 39th Myeongin continues and 24th Mingren concluded this week, with Jiang Weijie (5p) defeating Kong Jie (9p) in five games. Here’s where things stand as of December 1, 2011.

16th LG Cup: Stage set for Lee Changho and Jiang Weijie in the final

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On November 23, 2011, Lee Changho (9p) of Korea delighted his fans by defeating China’s Xie He (7p), for a chance to win his 5th LG Cup. On the other semi final board, Jiang Weijie (5p) of China repeated his recent Fujitsu Cup win over Korea’s Kim Jiseok (7p), storming his way into the final. This sets up an interesting Lee Changho vs Jiang Weijie final…