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.
The 39th World Amateur Go Championship will be held in Tokyo, Japan in the beginning of May 2018.
The WAGC will come back to Tokyo for the first time since 2008.
The opening ceremony and reception party will be held at a banquet room of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo in the evening of 3 May 2018.
The tournament will be played for 4 days from 4th May 2018 at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo.
Various side and cultural events and sightseeing programs will be arranged as well.
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).
On 8th January, the first round of the 5th World Meijin tournmant finishes in Baoshan, China. Lian Xiao (CHN) defeats Iyama Yuta(JPN) by resign and Lian Xiao enters the final of Meijin tournmant.
In this game, Lian Xiao gains benefit at the lower right corner at the beginning, but Iyama Yuta plays really well and reverses the game after the fight at the lower left corner. Later, Iyama Yuta makes mistakes in the fight at the right side, since then Lian Xiao firmly seizes the advantage and wins the game by resign. The game record with brief commentaries is here.
Iyama Yuta 9P will play against Lee Sedol 9P on 9th January, the winner will play against Lian Xiao on 10th January.
On 2nd January, Park Jeong Hwan defeats Park Yeong Hun by resign, the final point goes to 3-0. Therefore, Park Jeong Hwan successfully wins his 3rd World Championship and his Go rating points surpass Ke Jie and get back to the first in the world. This is also the 1st world championship in 2018!
In the final, Park Jeong Hwan’s play can be described as perfect performance, he almost seizes all mistakes that Park Yeong Hun has made, and even doesn’t give Park Yeong Hun a chance to reverse the game.
The prize for champion and 2nd place are 1.8 million Yuan and 0.6 million Yuan.
Here are the games records of the match.
Ke Jie (left) playing Peng Li Yao
On 26th December, Ke Jie 9P defeats Peng Li Yao 5P by half point in the 5th game of Xin’ao World Go Cup’s Final. Although Ke Jie consecutively lost two games by half point in 3rd and 4th round, he makes promptly adjustment and wins the 5th game. This is also the 5th world championship for Ke Jie.
In the 5th game, the situation is always close, but Peng’s 196 is a slow move and let Ke takes advantage of it. Finally Ke seizes his advantage firmly and wins the most important game by half point. It is a great pity to miss the chance of getting 1st world championship by half point, but Peng has showed his perserverance to all audience.
All in all this final will be one of the most impressive competition in go history.
Here are the game records of the match.
On 18th December, the final round of 5th Chinese Female Go League A finishes at Shenzhen, Jiangsu 1-1 Shanghai and wins championship with 22 team points. This is also the 5th time that Jiangsu gets this championship. They create their female league dynasty.
Before the last round, Jiangsu and Guangzhou both got 21 point. Although Yu Zhi Ying 6P lost to Rui Nai Wei 9P and made the situation for Jiangsu dangerous, Guangdong lost its chance by losing to Zhejiang with 0-2. Finally, the dark horse cannot exceed the defending champion and let Jiangsu win their 5th champion.
On 13 th December, the 4 th round of 2017 IEMG tournament finishes in
Huai’an China. Korean men’s team defeats Chinese Taipei by 2-0 and
wins men’s team championship. Meanwhile, Korean women’s team
defeats USA by 2-0 and wins women’s team championship.
In men’s team tournament, Ke Jie defeated Park Jeong Hwan in the 1 st
round. Although Tang Weixing lost to Shin Jin Seo, China team took
advantage of the winning of the first seat. But in the 3 rd round, Tang
Weixing unexpectedly lost to Chen Shih-Luan (Chinese Taipei), so China
tied with Chinese Taipei. Korea 2-0 Chinese Taipei in the last round and
gets the championship of Men’s team. China, Chinese Taipei get 2 nd and
3 rd .
In women’s team tournament, Chinese female player Yu Zhiying
defeated Choi Jeong and helps China gets advantage in the race though
Lu Minquan lost to Oh Yu Jin. But in the final round, Yu Zhiying
unexpectedly lost to Fujisawa Rina, therefore, Korean women’s team
wins the championship of Women’s team. China, Japan get 2 nd and 3 rd .
Men’s rapid game, Women’s rapid game and Pair Go will be held from
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.