Here’s where things stand as of December 1, 2011.
The 24th Mingren
The last time we reported on China’s 24th Mingren, Jiang Weijie 5p was only one game away from retaining his Mingren title.
Jiang had thrown down the gauntlet to Kong Jie 9p with a 2-0 lead.
On November 28 and 30, 2011, while being made to wear some ridiculous looking costumes, Kong clawed back to take the third and fourth games to equal the score to 2 game all.
Unfortunately for Kong, he couldn’t maintain his momentum and the youngster, Jiang, successfully defended the Mingren title.
The 39th Myeongin
In Korea, the 39th Myeongin finals are being played between defending champion Park Younghun 9p and Baek Hongseok 8p. In reaching the finals, Baek defeated none other than the Stone Buddha himself, Lee Changho 9p, 2-0.
So far, 3 of the 5 games have been played and Park leads Baek 2-1. The last two games of the finals will be played in about a week’s time.
Who do you think will win the Myeongin?
Who do you think will join Yamashita and Jiang in next year’s China-Japan-Korea Meijin playoff? Place your bets by commenting below :).
Game record: Jiang Weijie vs Kong Jie – Game 3
Game record: Kong Jie vs Jiang Weijie – Game 5
Game record: Baek Hongseok vs Park Younghun