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 24th Mingren in China

On October 21, 2011, Jiang Weijie 5p defeated Kong Jie 9p in the first match of the best of 5 series. Jiang is the current Mingren title holder, defeating Gu Li 9p last year to claim his first Mingren title.

Kong Jie (9 dan, left) challenges Jiang Weijie (5 dan) for the Chinese Mingren title.

The 36th Meijin in Japan

Yamashita Keigo (9 dan) and Iyama Yuta (9 dan) shake hands.

Over in Japan, the Meijin title matches have reached Atami, Shizuoka – the title matches are played in a different city each time.

Over two days, on October 13-14, 2011, Iyama Yuta 9p managed to win the 5th match against Yamashita Keigo 9p to stay in the series.

The score currently stands at 3-2 in Yamashita’s favour. Iyama will need to win the last two games in order to retain his Meijin title.

The 39th Myeongin in Korea

On October 18, 2011, the eagerly anticipated match between Cho Insun 1p, who only recently turned pro under Korean Baduk Association’s new rules, and Lee Changho 9p took place in Korea.

Lee Changho (left) stops Cho Insun's run in the 39th Myeongin.

Lee defeated Cho and will meet Baek Hongseok 8p to vie for a spot in the semi finals. Baek defeated youngster, Na Hyun 1p, to reach the quarter final.

More photos

Games from the Meijin tournaments


Game record: Jiang Weijie vs Kong Jie


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Game record: Yamashita Keigo vs Iyama Yuta


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Game record: Cho Insun vs Lee Changho


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  1. Cho Insun made a couple of small mistakes leading into the endgame. Then from move 120 Lee showed his excellent endgame skills against Cho–who clearly had some work to do in this area.

  2. c6 and q5 really messed up the game for b. w did good job attacking his group. i dont think it was close by endgame

  3. Move 64 in yamashita vs iyama 2 black stones in a row and then even and odd numbered moves are reversed. Something is wrong with the game record

  4. hmm 1st intercontinantal cup is being played you should get pics

  5. How come Jiang Weiji is the current Mingren title holder but still 5p? I thought the winners of big titles were promoted to 9p usually? Any info on this would be nice 🙂

    • It’s actually quite hard to get promoted to 9 dan in China. You have to play through the domestic promotion tournament for years, win a major international title or be the runner up in two of them. Chen Yaoye, for example, was promoted after making it to the final of the LG Cup and the Asian TV Cup. If Jiang Weijie had won the World Meijin in August this year, I think he would’ve been promoted to 7 dan. He lost to Park Younghun though. Jiang is still quite young, so he hasn’t had enough time to reach 9 dan yet. 🙂