Chunlan Cup

The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. In addition to players from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, a European and a North American representative are also invited. The tournament started out being held annually, but is now biennial.
The top 8 seeded players proceed directly to round two, while the remaining 16 play a single elimination round, knocking out 8 players. After the first round, the remaining 16 players compete in a knockout tournament, culminating in a best of three final.
The tournament is sponsored by Chunlan Group, a Chinese conglomerate with interests in the air conditioning, domestic appliance, automotive, finance and alternative energy industries.
The Chunlan Cup uses Chinese rules, with a komi of 7.5 points, and offers a prize of $150,000 USD to the winner.

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Zhou Ruiyang – 10th Chunlan Cup


This is game 2 from the 10th Chunlan Cup final. The game was played between Gu Li 9p and Zhou Ruiyang 9p on June 10, 2015, in Zhangjiajie, China…

Gu Li back on top, wins 10th Chunlan Cup


On June 3, 2015, Gu Li defeated Zhou Ruiyang 2-0 to win the 10th Chunlan Cup in Zhangjiajie, China. After two nail biting games, Gu finally ended a long drought of international titles. This is Gu’s first international title since the 15th Samsung Cup in 2010!

The 10th Chunlan Cup begins in China


The 10th Chunlan Cup kicked off on March 26, 2014, in Taezhou, China. The Chunlan Cup is an invitational tournament for 24 top players from around the world. This year’s North American and European representatives – Jiang Mingjiu 7p and Fan Hui 2p – are certainly no strangers to the Western Go community…

Don’t miss Lee Sedol vs Gu Li this weekend – Plus, weekly Go wrap up


One more quick update before we send out the weekly newsletter. Don’t forget that game 3 of the Lee Sedol – Gu Li Jubango is on this weekend. Join Go Game Guru’s An Younggil 8p and discuss the game with him while watching Baduk TV Live…

Go Commentary: Chen Yaoye vs Lee Sedol – 9th Chunlan Cup Final


This is the last game from the final of the 9th Chunlan Cup, played between Lee Sedol and Chen Yaoye. Chen won the first game of the final, but Lee made it tie with game two, and this was the deciding game. Lee and Chen had played five games together before this final, and their head to head record stood at 4-1 in Lee’s favor…

Chen Yaoye wins 9th Chunlan Cup, finally achieves international success


The 9th Chunlan Cup finals were held in Jinan, China on June 17, 19 and 20, 2013. Much to China’s delight, Chen Yaoye 9p defeated Lee Sedol 9p 2-1, to win his first and much overdue major international title. It was smiles all round as Chen finally made his breakthrough on the world stage…

Chen Yaoye to challenge Lee Sedol for his first international title – 9th Chunlan Cup


The quarter finals and semifinals of the 9th Chunlan Cup were played on December 4 and 6, 2012, in Hangzhou, China. Of the final 8 players, the only Korean to win his quarter final match was the defending champion, Lee Sedol, who defeated Piao Wenyao. Won Seongjin fell to Jiang Weijie, Kim Jiseok was knocked out by Kong Jie and Park Junghwan was unable to overcome Chen Yaoye…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Qiu Jun – 9th Chunlan Cup


This game is from the second round of the 9th Chunlan Cup. It’s between Lee Sedol (9p) and Qiu Jun (9p). In this game there was a huge life and death battle and an enormous group was killed. It’s really rare to see such a huge group get chased and captured in top pros’ games, so I hope you enjoy watching it. Let’s have a look at the game…

Just 8 players left in the 9th Chunlan Cup


On March 30, 2012, the quarter finalists for the 9th Chunlan Cup were decided. The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. Play started on March 28 in Taizhou, Jiangsu province, China. After two days of play, 16 of the 24 contenders had been eliminated…

Go Commentary: Xie He vs Lee Sedol – 8th Chunlan Cup


This game is the third and deciding match of the 8th Chunlan Cup final between Lee Sedol (9p) of Korea and Xie He (7p) of China. Lee Sedol once said “Xie He is the toughest one to play against” in an interview about 5 years ago. Let’s see whether that’s changed or not. In this game (game three) as well as game two, Lee played a new pattern starting with 18 in the top right.