Myeongin

The Myeongin is domestic Korean Go title which started in 1968. It's the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin and Chinese Mingren titles.
 
Only eight players have held the title since it began. They are: Cho Namcheol 9p, Kim In 9p, Seo Bongsu 9p, Cho Hunhyun 9p, Lee Changho 9p, Lee Sedol 9p, Park Younghun 9p and Choi Cheolhan 9p.
 
Qualification for the final is determined by a league system. Unlike many other major titles, the current title holder doesn't get to defend the title by default, but is seeded into the final stage of the league with 10 other players, where the top two proceed to the final.
 
The final is played as a best of five match and the time limit for games is 2 hours and 3 x 1 minute byo-yomi for each player.
 
The winner's prize in the Myeongin is 80 million Won and the runner up receives 25 million Won. In recent years, the tournament has been sponsored by High1 Resort, a Korean holiday and resort company.

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Park Junghwan – 43rd Myeongin Final, Game 4

This game is from the 43rd Myeongin (Korean Meijin) final, game 4. It was played between Lee Sedol 9p and Park Junghwan 9p on January 21, 2016, in Seoul, Korea. Lee Sedol (#2 in Korea) to face Park Junghwan (#1 Korea) in the 43rd Myeongin.

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Choi Cheolhan – 41st Myeongin

This is the 5th and last game of the 41st Myeongin (Korean Meijin) final, played between Lee Sedol 9p and Choi Cheolhan 9p on December 15, 2013. Lee won the first game of the final, but Choi won next two games to lead the series 2-1. Lee fought back with a win in game 4, and this was the deciding game of the 41st Myeongin title match…

Lee Sedol wins 40th Myeongin

On December 26, 2012, Lee Sedol defeated Baek Hongseok 3-2 to become the 40th Myeongin title holder (the Myeongin is the Korean Meijin title). This is 41st title of Lee’s career so far. Lee unexpectedly lost the first two games in the title match series on December 17 and 18…

Choi Jung makes her breakthrough in the 13th Female Myeongin

On January 26, 2012, Choi Jung (1p) defeated Kim Miri (2p) to claim the 13th Women’s Myeongin (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin). At only 15 years of age, Choi also became the youngest female title holder in Korea. Choi’s rise as a professional Go player has been remarkable. She turned pro in mid 2010 and only 18 months later, claimed her first major female title…

Park Younghun wins 39th Myeongin

On December 8, 2011, Park Younghun (9p) won his third game in the 39th Myeongin final, successfully defeating Baek Hongseok (8p) 3-1 and taking the title for another year. The end of the 39th Myeongin tournament also marks the end of our 2011 Three Meijins series of reports.

Jiang Weijie wins 24th Mingren

While Japan has already crowned its Meijin for 2011, the 39th Myeongin continues and 24th Mingren concluded this week, with Jiang Weijie (5p) defeating Kong Jie (9p) in five games. Here’s where things stand as of December 1, 2011.

Yamashita Keigo wins 36th Meijin

Yamashita Keigo defeated Iyama Yuta to win the 36th Meijin title on October 28, 2011. Yamashita, who was the challenger, took the title from Iyama in 6 games, winning the series 4-2. Iyama Yuta first won the title from Cho U in 2009 and defended it against Takao Shinji in 2010. However, he couldn’t stop Yamashita Keigo, who now holds the Japanese Meijin and Honinbo titles simultaneously.

Tale of three Meijins: Lee Changho schools Cho Insun

The 24th Mingren, 36th Meijin and 39th Myeongin continue in China, Japan and Korea. As of October 23, 2011, the Mingren and Meijin are both in the title match stage while quarterfinalists are being decided in the Myeongin. The much anticipated game between new pro, Cho Insun, and veteran, Lee Changho, took place on October 18, with Lee defeating Cho by resignation…

Go Commentary: Cho Insun vs Park Jeonggeun – 39th Myeongin

In September 2011, Cho Insun became the first amateur Go player to qualify as a professional under new rules for amateurs competing in tournaments with professionals in Korea. This is a commentary of Cho Insun and Park Jeonggeun’s game from the 39th Myeongin tournament. It was Cho’s final obstacle in becoming a professional Go player. Let’s look at the game…

Cho Insun: An amateur turned professional Go player

Cho Insun is the first Go player who qualified as a professional under the Korean Baduk Association’s new rules for amateur players. To qualify this way, Cho had to earn 100 points, by defeating professional players in open tournaments. It’s very difficult to do, but Cho Insun did it! This is very exciting news for amateur players. I’ve written a little about Cho Insun and how he qualified, as well as my thoughts on this new system.