4 in a row: Chen Yaoye wins 26th Tianyuan title

On May 4, 2012, the 26th Tianyuan concluded with Chen Yaoye 9p defeating Zhou Hexi 4p to win the title for the fourth consecutive year.

China's Chen Yaoye 9 dan, unstoppable in the Tianyuan.

Chen won the first game on May 2 and followed up with a second win on May 4 to make the score 2-0.

The Tianyuan

Tianyuan is the Chinese equivalent of the Japanese Tengen title.

The tournament uses knockout format consisting of 48 players vying for the right to challenge the previous year’s winner. 16 players are seeded into the second round of the knockout tournament.

Zhou won the right to challenge Chen in February, defeating Tan Xiao.

The title match is decided over the best of three games. The current winner’s prize is 150,000 RMB (approximately $25,000 USD).

Chen Yaoye (left) plays Zhou Hexi 4 dan.

History repeats

Better luck next time? Zhou Hexi still agonisingly close to taking his first title.

Interestingly, this year’s Tianyuan title match was an exact replay of last year’s, where Chen also defeated Zhou 2-0.

Perhaps Zhou can shoot for third time lucky in 2013?

Later this year, Chen will face the Chunwon winner (yet to be played) in the annual China Korea Tengen playoff, which he also won last year, against Korea’s Choi Cheolhan.

Game records

Chen Yaoye vs Zhou Hexi – Game 1


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Zhou Hexi vs Chen Yaoye – Game 2


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  1. Frédéric says:

    Thank you jing for the news, it’s very rare nowadays to have a same champion 4 years in a row. Chen is very strong, i hope he win 5 times in a row.

    • You’re right, it is quite rare. Chen has a nice style. I hope he can make it five in a row too Frédéric. 🙂

  2. Redstick says:

    I really love game two but I don’t understand the end. If B plays 171 at K18 how would W live?