Professional Go News - May 2013 Archive


  • Takao Shinji 9-dan beat Iyama Yuuta 9-dan in an exciting 2nd title match of the 68th Japanese Honinbo tournament.
  • It's reported that Paek Hongseok 9-dan, the defending champion of the Asian TV Cup, will be absent from this year's tournament because of his military service. His position will be replaced by Lee Sedol 9-dan. The 25th Asian TV Cup is scheduled to start on 28th June at Tokyo.


  • In the final day of the preliminary tournament of the 1st MLily Cup, Chinese players managed to win 11 out of 20 international matches against Korea opponents. In the end, 35 seats go to China, 14 seats (including all 4 reserved for amateur players) go to Korea. Hei Jiajia, representing Chinese Taipei, managed to grab 1 out of 4 seats reserved for female players.


  • In the final game of the 2nd Chinese Female Guoshou tournament, Lu Jia 2-dan beat Fan Weijing 2-dan to grab the prize of 150,000 CNY. Also completed is the side tournament, which is designed to give losing players more chance to play competitively, and is used to decide seeded players for the next term.
  • Tao Xinran 4-dan beat Fan Yunruo 4-dan 2-1 in the final of the 20th Chinese Xinren Wang tournament. This is Tao's first ever major title. The tournament was created by a Japanese sponsor 20 years ago, and it was taken over by a Chinese sponsor 10 years ago. It's reported that from next year the tournament will be reformed again, possibly becoming an international event, although details are not available at this time.


  • Chen Yaoye 9-dan beat Gu Lingyi 5-dan 2-0 in the 27th Chinese Tianyuan tournament, winning his 5th consecutive Tianyuan title (Chang Hao did the same many years ago; Gu Li also managed to win 6 years in a row). Later this year, Chen Yaoye will face Park Yeonghun in the bilateral China-Korea Tengen Competition.


  • In the 27th Chinese Tianyuan tournament, defending champion Chen Yaoye 9-dan is leading challenger Gu Lingyi 5-dan 1-0, one game away from winning his 5th consecutive Tianyuan title.


  • In the latest monthly Chinese ranking list, the top 10 players are: Tuo Jiaxi, Chen Yaoye, Shi Yue, Zhou Ruiyang, Gu Li, Wang Xi, Tan Xiao, Xie He, Peng Liyao and Fan Tingyu.


  • China is to host another major international Go tournament called Mlily Cup. Mlily is the brand name of a famous furniture producer that sponsors this event. The tournament is to be held every two years, alternating with the Bailing Cup. This tournament is open to all professional players. The main tournament will be participated by 64 players, including 12 seeded players (5 Chinese, 3 Japanese, 3 Korean and 1 representing Taiwan), 2 wild-card players (Lee Changhao and Kong Jie), and 50 qualifiers from the preliminary tournament (including 4 amateurs and 4 female players). The winner prize is 1.8 million CNY. This tournament will hopefully filled the gap left by the discontinued BC Card Cup.


  • In the latest monthly Korean ranking list, the top 10 players are: Lee Sedol, Kim Jiseok, Park Jungwhan, Choi Cheolhan, Kang Dongyun, Paek Hongseok, Weon Seongjin, Cho Hanseung, Park Yeonghun and Lee Changho. The noticeable changes include Kim Jiseok taking the 2nd place and Lee Changho's return to top 10.


  • Zhou Ruiyang 9-dan completed a great comeback, winning the 1st Chinese Qisheng tournament 3-2 against Tuo Jiaxi 3-dan. He will pocket a check of 600,000 CNY by winning this tournament. He will be waiting for a challenger next year. Game 5 features an interesting sacrifice followed by big ko fights.


I know a lot of go players would love to see Japanese Pros winning in international tournaments again... sad that it does not look like this will happen soon. (No japanese pros in the preliminaries of Mlily Cup? :-/ )

There were 11 Japanese players in participating the preliminary tournament but none survived. Note that players have to cover their own travelling costs in order to play in the preliminary tournament. So understandably not many Japanese decided to take part in.

Thank you for the information... i hope one day japanese pros will fight again at the international top level. By the way: there are some theories that japanese pros would maybe be much better if internation tournaments would have very long thinking time ... what do you think? Would some japanese pros have a better chance again korean pros if they would play long games like japnanese honinbo for example ??