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.
Contestants at the 22nd Samsung Cup
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.
Emporio Hotel, playing venue of the 1st LAGC
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!
From the left: Youcheng, Baoxiang and Lee
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).
From the left: Baoxiang (China) vs. Lee (Korea)
Ri (D.R. Korea) vs. Baoxiang (China)
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.
Ke Jie (left) vs. Weon Seongjin
Top 16 Pairing
The updated schedule of the 38th WAGC can be downloaded here.
In today’s game, Ke Jie took white as agreed after game 2 to play AlphaGo one last time. At move 209, he finally put two stones on the board as a signal to resign, and in total lost the match 0:3.
Looking back at these three amazing games, only the first game went to a count, the other two finished in a way that clearly indicated a gap of strength between human players and AlphaGo. Particularly in the third game, AlphaGo was in full control not leaving any chance for Ke Jie.
By now, the 5-day lasting Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China has officially ended.