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.
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.