Iyama Yuta leads Cho U 2-1 in the Kisei

The 3rd game of the 35th Japanese Kisei Tournament was held on February 2nd and February 3rd in Toyama, Japan. The challenger Iyama Yuta (9 dan) defeated the Champion defender Cho U (9 dan) with 1 point and half and leads the game series 2 to 1. The Kisei title is decided in a best of seven matches with 8 hours thinking time per person. The challenger comes from a large knockout tournament where the final is decided in a best of three matches.

BC Card Cup: Upset in 1st round

Two top players, Chang Hao and Kong Jie, have been knocked out in the 1st round of the BC Cup. The 3rd BC Card Cup World Go Open started its tournament in the Hilton Hotel in South Korean Seoul on January 29 2011. Among 32 games, 10 games were between Chinese players and Korean players, and Chinese players won 7 of these 10 games.

Korea wins 12th Nongshim Cup

Korea won the 12th Nongshim Championship with a four game winning streak of Choi Cheolhan on January 20, 2011 in Shanghai China. The final game was between Korean player Choi Cheolhan (9 dan) and Chinese player Kong Jie (9 dan). It was the 10th time that Korea won the Cup, but it was also the 3rd consecutive time that Korea defeated China in group Go games after Asian Games and Jeongganjiang Cup.

Final stage of the 12th Nongshim Cup

The news conference of the final stage competition of the 12th Nongshim Cup was held in the Korean culture Court in Shanghai on January 18th 2011. The major players of the three delegations: Kong Jie (9 dan), Lee Changho(9 dan) and Satoshi Yuki (9 dan) attended the conference. The Nongshim cup is a three-country event. The tournament started in 1999 with five representatives from each of the participating countries China, Korea and Japan.

Moon makes it 6 in a row in Jeongganjang Cup blitz

Moon Dowon (2 dan), a relatively ‘unknown’ player, has won 6 consecutive games in the 9th Jeongganjang Cup, extending her blitz from 3 to 6 games since our last article. Moon Dowon vs Song Ronghui. Moon Dowon vs Mukai Chiaki. Li He vs Moon Dowon.

Moon Dowon on 3 game streak in 9th Jeongganjang Cup

The 9th Jeongganjang Cup started on January 8th, 2011 in Hangzhou, China. Moon Dowon is blitzing the field with a 3 game winning streak so far. The 1st round was between Aoki Kikuyo (8 dan) of Japan vs. Moon Dowon (2 dan) of Korea. Moon Dowon vanquishes Aoki Kikuyo. Lu Jia struggles under time pressure. Moon Dowon holds on in a tough game with Chinen Kaori.

Lee Sedol Top Prize Winner of 2010

Lee Sedol, one of the top Baduk players in Korea became the top prize winner of 2010. According to Korea Baduk Association’s ranking announcement on January 5th, Lee has earned a rough total of $515,000 in the year 2010, which made Lee Sedol the number one prize winner of 2010 followed by Lee Changho (9 dan) whose annual prize money amounted to $334,000 last year.

3 International Go Tournaments in January 2011

There are 3 major international tournaments between Asian professional Go players in January 2011, and these tournaments are 9th Jeongganjang Cup, 12th Nongshim Cup and the 3rd BC Card Cup. This article gives a round up of the players competing in each tournament.