Each of the three Meijin tournaments have started in China, Korea and Japan. Let’s see how things stand as of September 14, 2011.
This year will be the 34th Meijin in Japan, the 39th Myeongin in Korea and the 24th Mingren in China. See Sensei’s Library for an explanation of the history and numbering of the Japanese Meijin title.
The Japanese Meijin
The first game was played on September 1 and 2 with Yamashita winning by 5.5 points as black.
Game 2 is underway in Kyoto at the moment. The first day of two was played today (September 14, 2011).
Should the title match reach 7 games, the final decider will take place in early November 2011.
The Chinese Mingren
The Korean Myeongin
In Korea, the Myeongin is played under a different format. Prior to this year, it was played using a league format, with semi finals played as a best of 3 games and the final played as a best of 5 games.
This year, it will be a knock out tournament between 16 players, with the final played as a best of 5 games. The first round has already seen a major upset, with Park Junghwan 9p (recent 24th Fujitsu Cup winner) losing to Baek Hongseok 8p.
Today reigning Myeongin and recent World Meijin winner, Park Younghun 9p defeated Kang Dongyun 9p by resignation as white. With this win, Park advances to the quarter finals of the knockout tournament, along with Baek Hongseok, Na Hyun 1p and Lee Taehyun 1p.
The next chapter
What do you think will happen in the next chapter of the tale of three Meijins? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.