Prodigies prevail at the 7th Ing Cup

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On September 23, 25 and 26, 2012, the semifinals of the 7th Ing Cup were played in Dujiangyan, China. September 23 saw the all Korea semifinal between Lee Changho and Park Junghwan get started in epic style. Lee and Park struggled against one another for over nine hours. Eventually though, Park’s dragon prevailed over Lee’s in the marathon match…

China sweeps 2012 World Meijin and Tengen matches

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Over the last few days, China’s made a clean sweep at the 3rd China Japan Korea World Meijin and the 16th China Korea Tengen. Starting on September 10, 2012, Chen Yaoye repeated last year’s 2-0 win over Choi Cheolhan in the Tengen, while Jiang Weijie took home the 3rd World Meijin title.

Last 16 in the 17th Samsung Cup

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After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of the 17th Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 6, 2012. 16 players progressed to the knockout phase. As you already know, Gu Li (9p) and Lee Sedol (9p) made it through Group F after quite a bit of drama…

Quadruple ko in the group of death: 17th Samsung Cup

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On September 4, 2012, the group stage of the 17th Samsung Cup kicked off with much excitement and fanfare. On September 5, 2012, most of the attention was on Lee Sedol and Gu Li as they faced off in their 29th encounter. Sparks flew as Lee and Gu’s iron wills clashed and a quadruple ko formed…

Meng Tailing’s breakthrough: Winner of the 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup

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On August 28, 2012, Meng Tailing and Tuo Jiaxi met as the last two standing in China’s 4th Quzhou Lanke Cup. Prior to this game, Tuo and Meng had only met in two previous tournaments, and the record stood at one win each. Despite a higher ranking, Meng probably entered the final as the underdog…

13 year old Xie Erhao youngest semifinalist at 1st Bailing Cup

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On August 23, 2012, as the inaugural Bailing Cup names its semifinalists, China has already started celebrating with a guaranteed all China final. Park Junghwan, Korea’s last man standing, fell to one China’s highest rated players, Zhou Ruiyang. The other three semifinalists are…

Yu Changhyeok and Choi Jung become 2nd SG Cup Pair Go champions

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On August 11, 2012, it was happy faces all around as Choi Jung and Yu Changhyeok received the winners’ check for the 2nd SG Pair Go Cup. The combination of Choi’s young talent and Yu’s experience proved too good for their opponents in the final, O Junga and Cho Hanseung…

Andy Liu and Gansheng Shi become North America’s first pro Go players

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August 4, 2012 became a momentous day for Go in the Western world when North America certified its first home grown professional Go players. Starting on July 30, 16 top amateurs from the USA and Canada met to compete in a double elimination tournament, titled the AGA-Tygem Pro Finals, to decide whom among them would be the first American pros…

16 of China’s strongest players meet at the 1st Dachongjiu Cup

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In late July 2012, China’s top pros met to compete in a newly established domestic invitational for the strongest players in China, the Dachongjiu Cup. The Dachongjiu Cup is open to the top 16 pros in China. Over four days, the pros play a single knockout tournament until one winner remains…

Xie He wins 2012 Jinli Mobile Cup

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While all attention was on the Honinbo title match in Japan last week (or in my case, on the Tour de France), Jinli Mobile brought together some of the strongest pros in China for a mini tournament. On July 17 and 19, Jiang Weijie, Kong Jie, Gu Li and Xie He faced each other over two days of intense play…