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.
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
On 15th January, 2018, Lee Sedol 9P (KOR) defeated Ke Jie 9P (CHN) in the Haevichi Cup by 1.5 points. Haevichi Cup was a special event which held by Haevichi website and Korea Baduk association. The prize for the champion was 30 million KRW and a SUV from Hyundai; the second place got 10 million KRW. After this game, the record between Ke and Lee became 11:4.
In this game, Lee took advantage in the beginning, but Ke Jie played really well in the right lower corner fight and reversed the game, but at a vital moment, Lee Seedol played again his “god move” (move 197 in the game record) and connected his group back! In the endgame, Lee played steadily and won by 1.5 point.
On 10th January, the final of Meijin Tournament finishes at Bao Shan, China. Lee Sedol defeats Lian Xiao by resign. Therefore, Lee Sedol wins the title of World Meijin, Lian Xiao and Iyama Yuta get second and third. The prize for top three are 500 thousand Yuan, 300 thousand Yuan and 100 thousand Yuan.
In the game, Lee Sedol once faces the hopeless situation. But he plays a divine move on 163 and reverses the game. Here is the game record with commentaries by Wu Hao 2P.
On 9th January, Lee Sedol defeats Iyama Yuta in the 2nd round of Meijin Tourament by resign and enters the final of Meijin tournament.
In this game, Iyama Yuta makes mistakes during the fight in the middle, Lee Sedol seizes the opportunity and kill the whole white group and forces Iyama Yuta to resign in 169 moves (here is the game record).
Final of Meijin Tournament will be played tomorrow 11:00 am (Beijing time).