Xingke Sun 7d bested Guanyu Song 7d in the American Collegiate Go Association’s debut event, the ACGA Virtual Pilot Tournament. The 28 December online event attracted undergraduates and graduates from over 20 universities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Both Song and Sun are recognised as top amateurs in North America. Song, a University of Toronto student, won the three-round single-elimination North American qualifier held on 23–24 December 2023. Meanwhile, Xingke Sun, a University of Wisconsin Madison student, won with a 5-0 record in the 2023 Chicago Rapid held in November.
In their ACGA Virtual Pilot Tournament final match, a decisive ko fight unfolded in the top right corner. Sun, playing white, resolved the ko to secure a favorable position that solidified his lead. (See the game here).
Taylor Shu 6D, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, clinched third place by triumphing over opponents Qingyang Tang 6d, Ninghan Duan 7d, and Moxuan Liu 6d.