On 30th november, 25th round of Chinese Go League A finishes in Chongqing. Beijing CITIC 4-0 Henan and gets the championship one round in advance. Henan and Guangdong relegate in advance. In this round, Fan Yunruo 6P defeats Ke Jie 9P and helps Shanghai 3-1 defeat Xiamen. Therefore Shanghai successfully leaves the relegation zone.
Here is the game record of the match between Fan Yunruo and Ke Jie.
On 28th November, 19th Nongshim Cup World Strongest tournament finished its second stage in Korea. Dang Yifei stopped Shin Min Jun’s six consecutive wins and consecutively defeated Shin Min Jun, Ichiriki Ryo and Kim Myeonghun. Therefore all five games in the second stage finished. Now there is only Iyama Yuta in Japan team. Both China team and Korea team has two players. The third stage will be hold in Shanghai on 26th Feberary, 2018.
Here are all five games records in second stages.
On November 24th, Shin Min Jun defeats Chen Yaoye and helps Korea get the 5th winning in 6 games in Nongshim Cup. Chen Yaoye seems really out of form in this game and falls back really quickly in the opening. Now there is only 2 people in China team and 2 people in Japan team as well. But the suspense is still conserved in this cup.
On November 24th, Rui Naiwei 9P defeats Yin Qu 1P and gets the champion of Jian Qiao Cup. With this Championship, Rui Naiwei becomes the oldest (54 years old) national female champion in Chinese go history. Yin Qu, a talented girl, who is only 15 years old and gets the professional qualification only for half a year. The age difference in this final is also the biggest in Chinese history.
On November 10th to 12th, the first Asian Female Baduk Tournament finished in Korea. China team won the team championship and Li Xuemeng, Chinese female player, won the individual championship.
There were 10 teams from different countries and regions participated this tournament. They are Japan, Korea, China, Chinese Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Among all the participants, the highest rank was 7 dan amateur.
Finally, Korea, Singapore and Chinese Taipei team got the second to third prize in team Tournament. Hong Julie, Tungalag Ravjir and Hsiao-Tung Lin got the 2nd to 3rd prize in individual tournament.
On 3rd November, China·ASEAN Go AI Forum is held in Panzhou, Guizhou Province. The secretary of IGF, Mr. Wang Yi hosts this forum. Hua Yigang, Lin Jianchao, Ma Xiaochun and You Xiaochuan are invited to be distinguished guests.
You Xiaochuan, the professor of Tsinghua University and the inventor of Abacus(Go AI), talks about Alphago Zero. He concludes two points of Alphago Zero’s innovation: 1- promotion on calculation 2- independent from human experience. And he detailly analyzes his ideas.
Hua Yigang, the former president of China Qiyuan, talks about the changes in Go field since Go AI appeared. He says: it’s normal that people are astonished about the emergence of strong Go AI. But we don’t need to worry about its development, it will help us develop technology and productivity. By the end, he demonstrates some changes that players have made in last two years.
Ma Xiaochun, the Chinese grand master and world champion, expresses his feeling of playing with Go AI. He jokingly says that he has gotten old which makes him make mistakes in games. But he considers that Go AI will promote the Go development.
Lin Jianchao, the vice president of Chinese Weiqi Association, points out four points for Go AI 1- recognition to Alphago’s progress 2- How can Go AI service for Human kind. 3- How can Go activities adapt to AI era. 4- How to learn from Go AI. He believes that China is still not the strongest country of Go AI development, but China has the biggest market. So China should be the dominator of Go Al research and development.
JinCai Panzhou Cup is not only Go competition, but also cultural exchange. Through this forum, China and ASEAN countries draw an full stop for this invitational tournaments in the home of Ancient ginkgo.
On 2nd November, Jincai Panzhou Cup China·ASEAN Game of Go Invitational Tournament finishes in Panzhou, Guizhou province. China defeats Thailand and wins Jincai Panzhou Cup. Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, China Guizhou, Indonesia, Malaysia. Brunei get 2nd to 8th place.
After the tournament, Chinese grand masters: Hua Yigang 8P, Ma Xiaochun 9P, Cao Dayuan 9P and Chen Ying 1P are invited to play simultaneous games with Chinese Go fans and players from ASEAN countries.
On 24th October, Tan Xiao defeats Jiang WeiJie in the second game of ChangQi Cup Final by resign and gets the prize for 450,000 RMB. ChangQi Cup is sponsored by Ing’s Group which also sponsor Ing’s World Cup. After the final, Tan Xiao tells reporters that his newly marriage is also his motivation in this final. 2017 is a good year for Tan Xiao, he got ChunLan world cup which was his first world cup. And he married with a female professional Go player last month.
Here are the game records of the match – The second game with commentaries by Wu Hao 2p.
On October 16th, The World Top Star Go Quarter Final finished in Hangzhou, Ke Jie 9P and Ding Hao 5P defeated Shin Min Jun 6P and Byeon Sangil 6P. All Korea Top stars were swept out in the quarter final. In another two games, Xie’er Hao and Xu Jiayang defeated Ding Shixiong and Xie Ke so that they successfully qualified into the semi-final.
Semi final is on October 17th 12:30pm
Ke Jie VS. Xie’er Hao
Xu Jiayang VS. Ding Hao
Here is the game record of the match between Ke Jie and Shin Min Jun – game commentaries by Wu Hao 2p.
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.