Iyama Yuta wins Agon Cup, Kong Jie becomes Mingren challenger

24th Mingren

Kong Jie (9 dan, left) plays Li Zhe (6 dan) in the deciding match for the 24th Mingren challenger.

On September 27, 2011 in China, Kong Jie 9p won the third match against Li Zhe 6p in the 24th Mingren Challenger Decider.

Kong will now challenge last year’s Mingren title holder, Jiang Weijie 5p for the 24th Mingren title.

The finals will start on October 21, 2011 and be played as a best of 5 matches.

Game record: Li Zhe vs Kong Jie


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18th Agon Cup

Iyama Yuta (9 dan) wins the 18th Agon Cup.

Meanwhile in Japan, on October 1, 2011, Iyama Yuta 9p defeated Yamashita Keigo 9p to win the 18th Agon Cup.

Iyama and Yamashita must be getting tired of seeing one another by now. They are also playing each other in the 36th Meijin title matches, the next of which will be played on October 5 and 6, 2011.

Iyama will now compete with China’s Piao Wenyao 9p (who recently won the 13th Chinese Ahan Tongshan Cup) for the China Japan Agon Cup, in December 2011.

Game record: Iyama Yuta vs Yamashita Keigo


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  1. Wow so much blood in Iyama’s game!

  2. That Kong Jie game is pretty darn cool. Such flexibility and confidence in his reading to tenuki c15 and go for that big kill. I suppose he had been quietly aiming at that ever since m5 and p12.

    • David Ormerod says:

      I really didn’t think black was in that much trouble, and apparently neither did Li… It might make a good example for a book about the middle game. When Kong’s in good form, his games are always a pleasure to watch.