On October 12th, the 4th silk road international city Weiqi tournament finished in Tianshui, Gansu province. Li Xu 6 dan defeated Zhou You 5 dan (qualified for 6 dan after this tournament) and won the championship. Li Jiaqi defeated Pavol and got the 2nd place, Zhou You, Pavol got 3-4 place. Xi’an, Sino-Europe and Tianshui got the 1st to 3rd on the team ranking list.
This time, the organizer invited 13 European players to participate the tournament, including Ilya 1P(RUS), Artem 1P(UKR), Ali 1P(IRS) and Pavol 1P(SVK). Beside, there were also many strong amateur players from Europe.
With more and more strong European Go players getting higher prize in international tournament, we may conclude that European players are stepping on the World Go stage.
On October 10th, 13th Weifu Estate Cup Top 32 is held in China Qiyuan, Beijing. There are 11 world champions participate, only Mi Yuting 9P, Tang Weixing 9P, Tan Xiao 9P and Li Qincheng 9P are qualified for top 16.
In the game between Li Qincheng 9P and Jiang Weijie 9P, they played out quadra ko. So they have to play a fence-off, finally Li Qincheng 9P defeats Jiang by half point successfully enter the top 16.
Top 16 will be held on October 11th.
Mi Yuting VS Tong Mengcheng
Peng Liyao VS Xu Jiayang
Fan Tingyu VS Meng Tailing
Li Qincheng VS Zhang Tao
Tao Xinran VS Li Xuanhao
Lian Xiao VS Gu Lingyi
Tan Xiao VS Gu Zihao
Fan Yin VS Tang Weixing
Here is the game record of the match between Gu Li and Lian Shiao – game commentaries by Wu Hao 2p.
On October 8th, 19th Round of Chinese Go League A finished in China, Beijing Minsheng Bank defeated Chongqing by 3-1, kept leading in the ranking list. In the focal point game, Hangzhou swept Xiamen. Park Junghwan defeated Ke Jie by half point. This was also the 11th game between them, after this game, Park got 6-5 lead.
Henan and Chengdu lost to Jiangxi and Chengdu, therefore they were still in the relegated area. Guangdong and Shanghai were also risky for relegating.
Here are the detail result for this round:
Hangzhou SU 4-0 Xiamen
Hangzhou YL 3-1 Shanghai
Chengdu 1-3 Shandong
Jiangxi 2-2 Henan
Chongqing 1-3 Beijing MB
Zhuhai 1-3 Jiangsu
Guangdong 1-3 Beijing ZX
Here is the game record of the match between Ke Jie and Park Junghwan – game commentaries by Wu Hao 2p.
On October 9th, the final of Senior Statesmen Competition finished in Beijing. Seo BongSoo 9P defeated Ma Xiao Chun 9P by 1.5 points and got the championship. Kobayashi Koichi 9P got the 3rd place. The prices for 1st to 3rd are 150 thousands, 100 thousands, 50 thousands RMB.
Here are the detail results for this competition:
1st Round: Ma XiaoChun 1-0 Seo BongSoo
2nd Round: Seo BongSoo 1-0 Kobayashi Koichi
Final : Seo BongSoo 1-0 Ma XiaoChun
Click here to download the game records of the competition.
On October 9th-12th, the 4th Silk Road international City Weiqi Tournament is held in Tianshui, Gansu Province. The European professional and strong players are going to compete with amateur players from China on the “silk road”.
Three years ago, before Alphago walked onto the stage, Pavol and Ali got the championship and 2nd place in the first Silk Road tournament. Eastern Go players started to aware that a new Go power was emerging from the west. In the second Silk Road tournament, Li Xu, a Chinese 6 dan won the championship with 9 consecutive win. In the third tournament, Ilya won all 8 games and got the Silk Road Cup.
In this year, there are more and more strong players from China and Europe. Let’s wait and see who will be the champion of 4th silk Road Tournament.
Gu Zihao (left) playing Park Junghwan
On September 27th, Samsung Cup finishes its quarter final. Chinese players get 3:1 to Korean players in the quarter final. An Kook Hyun defeats Tuo Jiaxi and becomes the only Korean player in the semi-final. Besides, Gu Zihao unexpectedly defeats Park Junghwan. Tang Weixing, Tong Mengcheng knock out Shin Jinseo and An Sung Joo.
The semi-final will take place in November 6th-8th.
Tang Weixing VS. An Kook Hyun
Gu Zihao VS. Tong Mengcheng
Here is the game record of the match between Tang Weixing and Shin Jinseo – game commentaries by Wu Hao 2p.
On September 25th, as the top 16 of Samsung Cup finishes in Korea. The six matches between China and Korea finish as 3:3. An Sung Joo 7P unexpectedly defeats Ke Jie 9P. Among the top eight players, four are from China and the other four are from Korea
Here are the detail results of top 16:
Ke Jie – An Sung Joo 0-1
Tuo Jiaxi – Lee Sedol 1-0
Zhao Chenyu – Park Junghwan 0-1
Gu Zihao – Park Yeonghun 1-0
Chen Yaoye – An Kook Hyun 0-1
Tang Weixing – Song Taekon 1-0
Tong Mengcheng – Yamashita Keigo 1-0
Shin Jinseo – Iyama Yuta 1-0
The Semi-final of Samsung Cup will be held in September 27th.
Here is the game record of the match between Tuo Jiaxi and Lee Sedol – game commentaries by Wu Hao 2p.
On September 22nd, in the 8th Global Go Summit. Ke Jie 9P defeats Park Junghwan 9P by 2.5 points. The result between China and Korea in this summit has been changed into 3:4(one draw). And Ke Jie gets 5:5 with Park Junghwan in this year. The prizes for champion and 2nd place are 60,000 and 40,000 dollars.
Here are the detail results of this competition over the years:
2017 Ke Jie – Park Junghwan 1-0
2015 Tang Weixing – Kim Jiseok 0-1
2013 Chen Yaoye – Park Junghwan 1-0
2011 Kong Jie – Choi CheolHan 0-1
2009 Gu Li – Lee Sedol 0-1
2007 Luo Xihe – Lee Sedol 1-0
2005 Chang Hao – Lee ChangHo (Draw)
2003 Chang Hao – Cho Hunhyun 0-1
Here is the game record of the match.
On September 17th, Na Hyun defeats Lee Sedol in the final of the 29th Asian TV Cup. This is his first world cup championship. With this honor, he is promoted to be a 9P. Na Hyun plays really well in the Asian TV Cup, he defeats Chinese Pro Li Xuanhao and Japanese Pro Ichiriki Ryo in the first two rounds, and joins forces with Lee Sedol in the final then he perfectly defeats Lee Sedol. Beside his first international championship he also gets prize of twenty five thousand dollars. Lee Sedol gets five thousand dollars.
On September 16th, the 29th Asian TV Cup finishes its first round. Iyama Yuta 9P gets knocked out by Lee Sedol 9P. And Lee will meet Li Qincheng 9P, the defending champion, in the semi-final. In the game between two dark horses, Ichiriki Ryo 7P defeats Zhang Tao by 2.5 points. The last game of this round is between Li Xuanhao 7P and Na-hyun 8P, Na-hyun wins this game by 4.5 point and becomes the last qualified player of semi-final.
Here are the detail schedule of Asian TV Cup Semi-Final and Final:
1st game of Semi-final: Li Qincheng vs. Lee Sedol Sep. 16th 16:20
2nd game of Semi-final: Ichiriki Ryo vs. Na-hyun Sep. 17th 9:30
Final: Sep. 17th 14:30