The 10th Chunlan Cup kicked off on March 26, 2014, in Taezhou, China.
The Chunlan Cup is an invitational tournament for 24 top players from around the world.
In the first round, 16 unseeded players vied for a spot in the second round.
They were joined by the remaining 8 seeded players in round two, on March 28.
North America and Europe
This year’s North American and European representatives – Jiang Mingjiu 7p and Fan Hui 2p – are certainly no strangers to the Western Go community.
Jiang teaches Go in the USA, while Fan is the official coach for the French Go Federation.
Unfortunately, they were knocked out in the first round by China’s Tuo Jiaxi 9p and Japan’s Cho U 9p respectively.
Taiwan and Japan
Taiwan’s representative, Wang Yuanjun 7p, was also knocked out in round one, by Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9p.
Wang, who’s currently regarded by many as Taiwan’s strongest player, gave Iyama a scare in a close game. However, Iyama was able to win by half a point after Wang made a mistake in the endgame.
Japan had two other players advance to the second round after Kono Rin 9p defeated Fan Tingyu 9p and Murakawa Daisuke 7p defeated Lian Xiao 7p.
The other winners from round one were Tang Weixing 9p, Mi Yuting 9p and Gu Li 9p.
Lots were drawn to determine which seeded player the winners of the first round would face in round two.
2014′s seeded players
This year, seeds were awarded to Chen Yaoye 9p, Jiang Weijie 9p, Zhou Ruiyang 9p, Shi Yue 9p, Lee Sedol 9p, Park Junghwan 9p, Kim Jiseok 9p, and Choi Cheolhan 9p.
As we mentioned yesterday, the universe seemed to be playing some sort of joke in once again pairing Gu Li against Lee Sedol. However, it’s worth noting that several international tournaments, including the Chunlan Cup, setup the draw to minimize intra-country clashes in the earlier rounds.
Round 1 results table
Here are the full results from round one:
|Mi Yuting 9p||B+R||Mok Jinseok 9p|
|Gu Li 9p||B+R||Kim Junghyun 4p|
|Murakawa Daisuke 7p||B+R||Lian Xiao 7p|
|Tang Weixing 9p||B+R||Yamashita Keigo 9p|
|Kono Rin 9p||B+R||Fan Tingyu 9p|
|Iyama Yuta 9p||W+0.5||Wang Yuanjun 7p|
|Cho U 9p||B+R||Fan Hui 2p|
|Tuo Jiaxi 9p||B+R||Jiang Mingjiu 7p|
Brief commentary on round 1
An Younggil 8p provided some brief commentary on selected games.
Murakawa Daisuke (B) vs Lian Xiao
The first fight began with White 52. Up to White 88, the game was even. White 92 was questionable, and Black 101 and 103 were a nice counter-attack.
Black took the lead up to 129, after establishing a large territory. Black 207 and 209 were very nice endgame tesuji to finish the game.
Kono Rin (B) vs Fan Tingyu
The opening was peaceful, and both players seemed to like that. Black 31 and 33 were a nice sequence and, up to 37, the opening was favorable for Black.
Black 71 was big, and the game was still good for Kono. White 94 and 96 were a nice combination and the game became very close. In the end, Kono was winning by half a point, and Fan resigned.
Iyama Yuta vs Wang Yuanjun
Black started with nice opening, and the game was favorable for Black up to 67. Black developed a large territory in the center up to move 91, but he should have exchanged F17 for G17.
The game became very close up to 110. Black 175 was the losing move, and White reversed the game with 176 and 180.
Round two was played on March 28, 2014.
Gu Li and Lee Sedol – Game 40
The majority of attention was on the game between Gu Li and Lee Sedol. This happened to be their 40th encounter.
Gu managed to give himself another mental boost before Sunday’s Jubango, by defeating Lee in a close game.
A disappointing round for Japan
After a great opening round, Japan made a disappointing showing in round two.
Zhou Ruiyang had a surprisingly straightforward win over Iyama Yuta. Meanwhile, Murakawa Daisuke and Kono Rin also failed to progress to the quarter finals, falling to China’s Shi Yue and Chen Yaoye.
However, Cho U had better luck than his compatriots, defeating China’s Jiang Weijie convincingly.
Round 2 results table
The full results from round two are as follows:
|Park Junghwan 9p||W+R||Tang Weixing 9p|
|Gu Li 9p||B+R||Lee Sedol 9p|
|Mi Yuting 9p||B+R||Choi Cheolhan 9p|
|Kim Jiseok 9p||W+R||Tuo Jiaxi 9p|
|Zhou Ruiyang 9p||B+R||Iyama Yuta 9p|
|Chen Yaoye 9p||W+R||Kono Rin 9p|
|Cho U 9p||W+R||Jiang Weijie 9p|
|Shi Yue 9p||B+R||Murakawa Daisuke 7p|
Brief commentary on round 2
Here’s Younggil’s quick review of the key points from round two:
Park Junghwan vs Tang Weixing
White had a nice start up to 60 and a big fight started with Black 63. A ko fight began at move 95, and the result up to 148 was still good for White.
Black 149 and 155 were a good combination, and the game became very complicated up to 177. White 188 and 194 were good moves and Park managed to save the game.
Gu Li (B) vs Lee Sedol
The opening up to 57 was successful for Black. There was a big ko fight and the trade up to 104 was good for Black.
White 116 was a very nice tesuji, and White 132 was typical of Lee Sedol, making the game complicated. Lee caught up by attacking Black’s left side group, and the game became very close up to 218.
White 250 was the losing move, and Gu won the game with 251 and 257. In the end, Lee was losing half a point, so he resigned.
Cho U vs Jiang Weijie
Cho U started the game with a joseki he invented, at White 6 and 8. Black 29 and 31 were questionable, and the opening up to 40 was favorable for White.
White 66 and 68 were sharp, and the result up to 86 was successful for White. White 94 was a very good move and Cho maintained a solid lead up to 104.
White 132 was a brilliant move and the game was practically over at that point. It was a great game by Cho U.
Zhou Ruiyang (B) vs Iyama Yuta
Black 29 and 31 were a nice combination and Zhou got off to a good start. Black 43 and 45 were practical and severe, and Iyama was in trouble.
Up to 67, Black made a big territory, and the game was still good for him. Iyama started to attack with 68, but Zhou’s responses were perfect up to 85.
Black 119 and 121 were very sharp, and White’s eye shape was gone. After Black 127, Iyama couldn’t find any chances to catch up, and he resigned soon afterwards.
The quarter finals and the semifinals will be played in late 2014 and the final will be played in 2015. As always, we’ll keep you updated on its progress.
The pairings for the quarter finals are as follows:
- Gu Li 9p vs Cho U 9p
- Chen Yaoye 9p vs Park Junghwan 9p
- Mi Yuting 9p vs Kim Jiseok 9p
- Shi Yue 9p vs Zhou Ruiyang 9p
Gu Li and Lee Sedol’s busy schedule
While everyone else heads home for the time being, Gu and Lee head straight to Chengdu for their match on Sunday. They both have one day to rest in between.
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, a neighbouring province to Gu’s hometown, Chongqing.
The Chunlan Cup
The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. In addition to players from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, a European and a North American representative are also invited.
The top 8 seeded players proceed directly to round two, while the remaining 16 play a single elimination round, knocking out 8 players. After the first round, the remaining 16 players compete in a knockout tournament, culminating in a best of three final.
The tournament is sponsored by Chunlan Group, a Chinese conglomerate with interests in the air conditioning, domestic appliance, automotive, finance and alternative energy industries.
The Chunlan Cup uses Chinese rules, with a komi of 7.5 points, and offers a prize of $150,000 USD to the winner.
10th Chunlan Cup photos
Click here to download a selection of other game records from rounds one and two.
Gu Li vs Lee Sedol
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Jiang Weijie vs Cho U
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Zhou Ruiyang vs Iyama Yuta
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Jingning Xue, with Younggil An and David Ormerod.
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