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
On September 7th , after the top 32 knockout, qualified players draw their lots in Korea. There are five PKs between China and Korea, among this, Ke Jie 9P will meet An Sung Joo 7P, and Zhao Chenyu 5P will challenge Park Junghwan 9P.
The top 16 and quarter final will start on September 25th in Korea.
On September 7th, the 22nd Samsung Cup World Go Open just finishes its phase of top 32 contestants in Korea. Through three rounds of this phase, China and Korea equally share 14 places and Japan gets the rest 2 places in top 16. Three female players and Polish professional player, Mateusz Surma, are knocked out.
Mexico will be the host country of the 1st ever Latin American Go Congress which will take place in Cancun, Mexico on October 13th, 14th and 15th.
This event which is sponsored by the IGF will host different events as the 19th Ibero American Go Championship, the final match of the 1st Pandanet Go Latin American Team Championship, the 1st Latin American Youth Go Championship, the 2nd Ibero American Pair Go Championship and a Go Instructors seminar taught by experts of Kwonkapyong International Baduk Academy, one of the best Go academies in South Korea.
It will also count with the presence of professional players from Japan, Korea and America which will teach lectures, review championship games and play simul games with the participants.
“We are expecting many players from abroad. From Argentina, Colombia, Brasil and Ecuador we have complete delegations registered, among participants from other countries as Costa Rica, Venezuela, Denmark and the US” reports Congress director and Mexican Go Association president Emil García. “It will be a great event, it was about time that Latin America had its own Congress and we are more than pleased to invite the international community to participate in it”
You can register and find all the information about this Congress clicking here.
See you in Cancun!
On 7 June, as the last round finished, the 38th World Amateur Go Championship finally came to an end. The Chinese player Bai Baoxiang got 8 straight wins and therefore defended his title. He has also tied the record by winning the Championship 3 times.The runner-up was taken by the Korean player Sangbin Lee, and the third went to the Chinese Taipei player Lai Youcheng.
Sponsored by CITIC Securities and hosted by the International Go Federation the 1st AI Go Open will be held at the Yijinhuoluo Grand Theatre, Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China on 16~17 August. More info about the tournament and the registration are available here. The list of competing teams together with some notifications about the tournament are available here.
On 6 June, the 5th and 6th rounds of the 38th World Amateur Go Championship kept going. The Chinese, Korean and D.R Korean had won all their games before round 5. After two exciting rounds played today, the Chinese representative Bai Baoxiang has become the only one undefeated, therefore he is on the verge of winning the tournament (results here).
On 29 May, the 22nd LG World Baduk Cup top 32 round took place in the Gyeonggi-do Province/Korea. The Korean team has suffered a major blow, their 20-something players having been reduced to seven. From China as well, seven players, amongst others Ke Jie, are still in the tournament, while Japan sees two players advancing.
Each year, the LG Cup upholds its status as one of the most important international Go events. Armed with a thinking time of three hours and byo-yomi of five times 40 seconds sans lunch break, the players are competing for over 300 million KRW for the winner.
The top 16 round will take place on 31 May, with the following participants:
China: Ke Jie, Chen Yaoye, Zhou Ruiyang, Tang Weixing, Jiang Weijie, Xie Erhao, Yang Dingxing.
Korea: Lee Wonyoung, Park Junghwan, Shin Jinseo, Choi Cheolhan, Kim Jiseok, Kim Myonghoon, Kang Dongyun.
Japan: Iyama Yuta, Ida Atsushi.
The updated schedule of the 38th WAGC can be downloaded here.