Changing of the guard at the 24th Fujitsu Cup

We’re getting to the business end of the 24th Fujitsu Cup and places in the semi final were decided today (August 12, 2011).

The last 4 players left standing are Korean youngster, Park Junghwan 9p, Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9p and China’s Qiu Jun 8p and Jiang Weijie 5p.

Park Junghwan (9 dan) gears up to break another record.

Tomorrow, Park will take on Iyama and the two remaining Chinese players will play one another.

Park Junghwan

Park, the youngest Korean 9 dan professional, defeated Ogata Masaki 9p in the opening round and then prevailed over Chen Shiyuan 9p and Piao Wenyao 9p.

Iyama Yuta

Iyama repeated his impressive Bosai Cup win over Gu Li 9p in the first round and followed this by defeating Choi Cheolhan 9p and Sakai Hideyuki 8p.

Qiu Jun

Qiu started his campaign by taking out O Meien 9p and maintained his momentum with wins against the legendary Cho Chikun 9p and tournament favourite, Lee Sedol 9p.

Qiu Jun (9 dan) in good form after defeating Lee Sedol (9 dan)


Jiang Weijie (5 dan) looks for his first international win.

Jiang Weijie

Jiang defeated South American amateur, Fernando Aguilar 6d, Kim Jiseok 7p and fellow countryman Xie He 7p.

Unfortunately the other two international amateurs shared Aguilar’s fate and were eliminated in the first round. Kim Jiseok defeated Artem Kachanovskyj (7d – who represented Europe) and Choi Cheolhan knocked out Andy Liu (7d – representing North America).

A special tournament

The Fujitsu Cup is the oldest international Go tournament and until the inception of World Mind Sports Games, the only international Go tournament where Western non professional players are seeded into the main draw.

Each year, 3 players are selected from North America, South America and Europe to join professionals from Japan (7), China (5), Korea (5), Taiwan (1) and the previous year’s top 3 performers in the Fujitsu Cup.

A changing of the guard?

Go master, Cho Chikun (9 dan) watches over another new generation.

This year’s tournament is certainly proving to be interesting. Past winners, Kong Jie 9p, Gu Li 9p and Lee Seedol 9p, who were tournament favourites, have all been eliminated. Now, no matter who wins this year’s Fujitsu Cup, it will bring a change to the face of international Go.

Will China’s up and coming Jiang win and be promoted from 5p to 9p? Will Park, who is 18, win and break Lee Sedol’s record as the youngest winner of Fujitsu Cup? (Lee first won the tournament at 19)

Will Iyama win and become the first Japanese player to win the Fujitsu Cup since Kobayashi Koichi 9p in 1997? Or will Qiu, who came painfully close to winning last year, finally achieve his international break through?

Iyama Yuta (9 dan) can he score another international trophy for Japan?

Check the results over the weekend

Stay tuned tomorrow for the semi final. The final will be played the following day on August 14, 2011.

The Chinese contingent: (from left) Chang Hao, Gu Li and Kong Jie discuss games.

Who do you think will win?

With an unusual combination of players, the finals already promise to be interesting. Who do you think will win this year? Or, who do you want to win and why?

Here are three excellent games from tournament so far:

Game record: Gu Li vs Iyama Yuta


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Game record: Jiang Weijie vs Kim Jiseok


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Game record: Qiu Jun vs Lee Sedol


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  1. I have this strange idea that people who become famous in their art always have a distinguishable name, which is easy to pronounce and remember internationally. In football you have Diego Armando Maradona, Pélé, Michel Platini or Lionel Messi. Johan Cruijff was probably as good as them but did not win trophies. The same goes for Kakà. Their name is to be blamed.

    Why do people worship Ayrton Senna and not Michael Schumacher (7 times champion)? It’s the name.

    Therefore, I believe Iyama Yuta will win and become the next governor of international go. He has the best name. Lee Sedol and Lee Changho had good names. Gu Li was also a good name for a star.

    Park Junghwan is not a good name. The guy may have the greatest strength ever seen in Go, the Gods of nomenclature will cast a spell on him.

    • That’s an interesting theory, Dieter. If what you say is true, then I must be destined for great things – my last name starts with X. 🙂
      Qiu is quite an unusual Chinese last name so perhaps Qiu Jun is also in with a chance?

  2. Lol, Park Junghwan is a good name. He will pwn the Fujitsu. The prodigy, he plays so calm. Name doesn’t even matter. My prediction Park Junghwan will beat Iyama Yuta

  3. Thank-you for the great article Jing.

  4. The Ing and Chunlan both seem to have had Western amateurs seeded into the main tournament.

  5. I think that yamashita has the best name to be best play of all times… it sounds very good at spanish.