Let’s start wrapping up our series about the Top 20 Go players. The next two players are Kang Dongyun and Heo Youngho. Kang Dongyun became a pro when he was 13 years old. He was regarded as a prodigy along with Kim Jiseok. Heo Youngho became a pro when he was 15 years old, but for first few years his performance wasn’t very impressive. He was not regarded as a prodigy, but he studies Go very hard when he’s alone.
On November 21, 2011, the quarter finals of the 16th LG Cup took place in Beijing, China. Lee Changho, Xie He, Kim Jiseok and Jiang Weijie will advance to the finals after defeating Chen Shiyuan, Heo Youngho, Qiu Jun and Won Seongjin respectively. The semi finals will be played in Beijing on November 23.
The quarter finals of the 2nd Olleh KT Cup are nearly upon us and soon the top professional players in Korea will be pitted against one another. Park Junghwan (9p), Lee Sedol (9p), Kim Jiseok (7p), Kang Dongyun (9p) and Heo Youngho (9p) have already qualified. The final two places will be decided between Cho Hanseung (9p) and Lee Younggu (8p) on September 23, 2011. And Lee Changho (9p) and Kang Yootaek (4p) on September 25.
The main draw of the 16th Samsung Cup is about to be finalized, with just one more preliminary match between Baek Sungho (9p) and Kim Soojang (9p) to be played today (August 9, 2011). Find out how your favorite players have done and whether they’ve made it through to the main draw. With some unexpected results, several well known players haven’t managed to qualify and need a wildcard from the tournament organizers to continue.
The main tournament of the 16th LG Cup kicked off on June 12 2011 in Seoul, Korea, with the obligatory lavish opening reception. There have been several early surprises and, going into the quarter finals, Lee Changho (9p) is the only contender with a solid track record in international Go tournaments. Perhaps the most anticipated match was Iyama Yuta’s game with Lee Changho…
On 19 April 2011, defending champion, Lee Sedol (9p) of Korea advanced to the final of the 3rd BC Card Cup by defeating fellow countryman Park Junghwan (9p). A day later, Gu Li (9p) of China won his semi final against Heo Youngho (8p) of Korea to join Lee.
The quarter finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup concluded today with Gu Li (9p) defeating Kim Jiseok (7p). In the other quarter finals, Park Junghwan (9p) defeated Zhou Ruiyang (5p), Lee Sedol (9p) defeated Chen Yaoye (9p) and Heo Youngho (8p) defeated Zhong Wenjing (5p). This leaves Gu as the only Chinese player in the semi finals, facing off against three Korean players.
The round of 16 has concluded in the 3rd BC Card Cup with Gu Li (9p) beating Cho Hanseung (9p) to claim the final spot in the quarter finals. The other quarter finalists are Lee Sedol (9p), Park Junghwan (9p), Heo Youngho (8p) and Kim Jiseok (7p) of Korea and Chen Yaoye (9p), Zhou Ruiyang (5p) and Zhong Wenjing (5p) of China. The quarter finals will begin on 31 March 2011.
Have you ever wondered how top professional Go players compare? Here Dr Bai Taeil, who created the Korean ranking system, made an announcement of the World Go Ranking for the end of 2010. Calculating a world ranking is very difficult because of the differences between the systems in Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.