13 year old Yang Dingxin wins 12th Ricoh Cup

The 12th Ricoh Cup ended on April 7th, 2012 with teenager Yang Dingxin (3p) defeating Piao Wenyao (9p) to take the title. Yang, who is only 13 years old, has caused quite a stir by becoming the youngest domestic title holder in China. This puts Yang in the league of other famous young title holders like Lee Changho (9p).

China on a roll in 4th BC Card Cup

The 4th BC Card Cup has now reached the round of 32. This year’s tournament has been full of upsets with favorites falling left and right in the early rounds. Here’s how things stand as of March 20, 2012…

Park Junghwan wins 13th Maxim Cup

On March 5, 2012, Park Junghwan (9p) defeated Choi Cheolhan (9p) to take the 13th Maxim Cup two games to zero. The Maxim Cup is a 9 dan only invitational tournament in Korea. It seems that reporters make a habit of giving the players a hard time at the Maxim Cup finals…

China wins 13th Nongshim Cup

On February 24, 2012, Team China took the 13th Nongshim Cup, after Xie He 7p defeated Lee Changho 9p in the final game. The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea. The sponsor, Nongshim, is a Korean instant noodles company. Korea won the 12th Nongshim Cup last year. In fact, Korea has […]

Zhou Hexi to challenge Chen Yaoye in the 26th Tianyuan

On February 18, 2012, Zhou Hexi (4p) defeated Tan Xiao (5p) to become the challenger for the 26th Tianyuan title (the Chinese equivalent of Tengen). Zhou, was also the challenger for the Tianyuan title in 2011 and will once again take on Chen Yaoye (9p) for a second shot at the title. Can Zhou go one better than last year?

Jiang Weijie wins 16th LG Cup

On February 15, 2012 Jiang Weijie of China (who will now certainly be promoted from his former rank of 5p) defeated Lee Changho (9p) of Korea in the final of the 16th LG Cup. The final started on February 13 and Lee appeared to have a good game until Jiang ended things suddenly by killing a large white group in the center…

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

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.