On December 28, 2011, the 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament started in China as part of the 12th Liguang Cup.
Ricoh Cup or Liguang Cup?
The Liguang Cup is also referred to as the Ricoh Cup because Ricoh is the tournament sponsor.
The tournament features a main draw, a ‘new talent’ draw and on the lighter side, a Pair Go tournament.
In a somewhat confusing turn of events, there’s also a Japanese Pair Go tournament sponsored by Ricoh…
Enter Nie Weiping
Never one to shy away from joining in the fun, the legendary Nie Weiping 9p also took part in this year’s pair Go draw, partnering Tang Yi 2p.
The Pair Go draw is a lightning (30 seconds per move with 10 x 1 minute byoyomi) draw and offers players light hearted respite from the main draw.
Pair Go semifinalists
The semifinalists of the 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament are:
- Qiu Jun 9p and Wang Xiangyun 2p
- Huang Yizhong 7p and Wang Chenxing 2p
- Chen Yaoye 9p and Zhang Peipei 1p
- Kong Jie 9p and Zhang Yueran 1p
The 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament will continue into January 2012.
More photos from the 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament
Tan Xiao and Zhang Xuan vs Kong Jie and Zhang Yueran
Qiu Jun and Wang Xiangyun vs Gu Li and Ye Gui