On 7th February, Park Jeong Hwan defeated Ke Jie and won the 6th CCTV Chinese Lunar New Year Cup. Ke Jie and Ichiriki Ryo got the second and third place.
After the game, Ke expressed his regret for not having played well in the match and Park said that is was OK for him to win considering that all the previous editions of the Cup were won by Chinese players. He also wished a happy new year to all Chinese go fans.
Here is the game record of the final.
On 8th February, Xie Erhao defeats Iyama Yuta on the 3rd game of LG cup final. Therefore he gets the LG cup championship with the score of 2-1 and get promoted to 9 dan Pro.
Although Iyama reversed the last game in a desperate situation, this time the goddess of fortune smiles on Xie. In this game, both players choose to start a fight in the beginning (here is the game record). In the middle of the game, Iyama Yuta makes some mistakes and this time Xie doesn’t give Iyama any chance and wins.
On 7th February, the 2nd game of LG Cup final best of three finishes at the Nihon Ki-in. Iyama Yuta faces desperate situation for many times but finally he overcomes all pressure and defeats Xie Erhao by half point. The score between them is now 1-1.
In this game, Xie takes big advantage after a fight on the right top corner (here is the game record). But his slacken moves let Iyama seize some opportunities and reverse the game. However, Iyama also plays some bad moves in the fight of the middle game. After an exchange, Xie takes the top left corner and builds his advantage again. But Iyama shows his determination and kills the black group at the bottom. Until the end the game is really close. But Xie seems getting nervous, he tries to kill the white group on the right side, Iyama settles it down and keeps his advantage to the end. Finally, White wins this game by half point.
The decider will be played on 8th February.
Park Jeng Hwan (left) playing Ichiriki Ryo
On 5th February, the first game of 6th CCTV Chinese Lunar New Year Cup finishes in Beijing, Park Jeng Hwan defeats Ichiriki Ryo and enters the final (here is the game record). His opponent in the final will be the winner of the match that will be played on 6th February between Ke Jie and Ichiriki Ryo.
On 5th February, the first round of LG final finishes in Japan Ki-in, Xie Erhao 5P(CHN) defeats Iyama Yuta 9P(JPN) and takes the first win in the best of three. Since Cho U entered the final of Toyota Cup(World Cup) in January, 2007, Japanese professional players haven’t enter the World Cup final for 11 years.
In this game, Iyama Yuta gets black stones, and he plays positive in the beginning. But Xie Erhao plays really well in the fight of the left side and takes the advantage (here is the game record of the match). Black’s 95 releases his winning hand, and Xie positively answers this fight. After a fierce fight, Xie successfully kills a group of Iyama Yuta, and black resigns.
The 2nd game will be played at 8:00 (Tokyo) on 7th February.
Xie Ke (L) playing Zhang Tao
On 31st January, Xie Ke 5P defeats Zhang Tao 5P by 1.5 point and successfully gets the opportunity of challenging Lian Xiao 9P, the last Tian Yuan title winner, for the title of Tian Yuan. Both Xie Ke and Zhang Tao are the dark horses in this tournament, especially Xie Ke, who defeated Fan Ting Yu 9P and Shi Yue 9P in the quarter final and semi-final.
In this game, both of them played really well in the beginning, but Xie Ke makes a mistake in the fight of the mid-game. Zhang Tao successfully seizes the mistake that Xie Ke commits, and build his advantage. But when Zhang plays 131 (here is the game record), which is a slow and losing move, Xie catches this opportunity and successfully reverses the game.
The challenging games will play on 10th–13th April in JiangSu TongLi.
On 23rd January, top 32 of TianYuan Cup finishes in China Qi-yuan, Beijing. Chen Yaoye, Dang Yifei, Mi Yuting, Tang Weixing, Gu Li and Tuo Jia Xi 6 world champions are knocked out.
The second place winner of last TianYuan Cup, Chen Yaoye, meets post 00s Xie Ke in the first round. In this game, Xie Ke takes advantage in the mid game’s fight and holds it to the end. Finally Xie wins by 4.5 points. The only two-world champions’ battle happens between Tuo Jiaxi and Fan Tingyu. At the beginning, Fan Tingyu takes territory and then breaks into his opponent’s territory. After the exchange by a ko, Fan successfully makes his advantage and keeps it to the end.
The Top 16 of TianYuan Cup will be held on 25th January.
Some game records are available for download here.
On 17th January, Fine Art, a Go playing computer made by Tencent, defeated Ke Jie 9P in 77 moves after giving two stones handicap on Foxweiqi. Ke Jie admitted that Fine Art’s was as strong as him after giving two stones handicap. After level-up on 10th January, Fine Art has played 34 games with professional players. All of the games were with two stones handicap, and FineArt won 30 games.
Aja Huang, the computer scientist who helps create Alphago and places stones for Alphago in the matches, also posted a moment and said: ”I have never imagined that I would be defeat by giving four stones handicap, but Master defeated me with 4 stones handicaps in slow games.” Maybe Go AI is getting close to Go God.
On 17th January, quarter final of 3rd Chinese Weiqi Sage Tournament finishes in Beijing. Fan Ting Yu 9P defeats Ke Jie 9P by resign. Lian Xiao, Tan Xiao and Gu Zi Hao defeat Chen Yao Ye, Chen Zi Jian and Tuo Jia Xi. Therefore four 9Ps enter semi-final.One thing worth to mention is that all four 9Ps enter the semi-final are born post 90s.
An interesting scene happens in Ke Jie’s game, after a big exchange, Ke Jie thinks that he is losing the game and resigns. But actually the game is really close, some world champions even believe that he will win this game if he continue. Some game records of the Sage Tournament are available here.
The Semi-final will be:
Tan Xiao VS. Gu Zi Hao
Lian Xiao VS. Fan Ting Yu
On 15th January, the first round of Third Chinese Weiqi Sage Title Cup plays in China Qi-Yuan, Beijing. After the preliminary, 9 world champions are qualified into the final stage. In this round, Chen Zi Jian 5P unexpectedly defeats Jiang Wei Jie 9P, a world champion. And this is also the only dark horse who enters the quarter final. Seven 9Ps are qualified into the quarter final therefore the games will be brilliant.
The quarter final will be played on 17th January.
Here are the results of the first round:
Yang Ding Xin 6P 0-1 Fan Ting Yu 9P
Chen Zi Jian 5P 1-0 Jiang Wei Jie 9P
Shi Yue 9P 0-1 Gu Zi Hao 9P
Xu Jia Yang 6P 0-1 Lian Xiao 9P
Tuo Jia Xi 9P 1-0 Fan Yin 7P
Mi Yu Ting 9P 0-1 Chen Yao Ye 9P
Tan Xiao 9P 1-0 Tang Wei Xing 9P
Ke Jie 9P 1-0 BYE