The inaugural Tri-Nation Pair Go competition was held in Heifei, Anhui Province, China on April 30, May 1 and 2, 2013.
Chang Hao and Wang Chenxing
Yu Changhyeok and Choi Jung
Yu and Choi have previously shown themselves to be formidable as a pair Go team.
Yuki Satoshi and Suzuki Ayumi
A three round affair
As is common in these three way tournaments, there are three rounds and the winner must win two matches.
Yu and Choi won the first spot in the final by defeating the Japanese pair, who were also unable to make good of their second chance against Chang and Wang.
Chang and Wang prevailed against Yu and Choi in the final, on May 2.
Only the first cab off the rank
Pair Go is the first event of the new Tri-Nation Go Tournament. Apart from other matches, there are also public events for Go fans to test their wits against professionals.
One familiar face was former Chinese Go Association President, Wang Runan 8p, who hails from Anhui Province.
Wang returned home to play with some of Anhui’s youngest Go players.
The Three Kingdoms
The tournament was held at the aptly named, Three Kingdoms Park in Heifei, China.
History buffs will know the ‘Three Kingdoms’ actually refers to a tempestuous period in Chinese history, filled with struggles between the Wei, Shu and Wu kingdoms.
The park’s pictureque grounds contain some ancient ruins from the Three Kingdom period.
Japan vs Korea – Round 1
China vs Japan – Round 2
China vs Korea – Round 3