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March 21st, 2006

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Hane gets a title, Rui doing well

Some quick interesting pro news items:

-In the Kangwon-Land Cup (team tourney between Korea and China), Korea is in a good position having lost just 2 players compared to China’s 4, thanks to a good performance by An Cho-yeong. However, China’s remaining 2 players are no pushovers: Gu Li and Chang Hao currently top the Chinese win/loss table with a 14-2 and 9-1 record respectively.

– Hane Naoki, who lost his Kisei title 4-0 earlier this year, was left titleless for a short while, but this weekend, he again joined the list of title-holders when his victory over Imamura Toshiya in the NHK Cup final was broadcast.

– Rui Naiwei claimed her second title of the year this weekend, adding the Female Kuksu to her Female Myeongin title with a 2-0 win over Cho Hye-yeon. Rui is also doing well in other major tournaments this year, with a 14-4 win-loss record placing her third in the full Korean record. Another impressive feat is 4-dan Choi Wonyong’s position at the top of the table with a 16-2 record so far this year – definitely a youngster to keep our eyes on.

– Last week, the 5th West-South Qiwang was held in Chengdu (China). The 16-player knockout final stage is held over 3 days, and in this year’s final, Wang Lei (8p) scored a 3.5-point win as Black over Wang Xi (5p).

– Competition for the 16 unseeded berths in the final stage of the Chinese Mingren title began yesterday, with 3 amateurs and 4 female pros remaining in the running. Two of the amateurs were paired against the females, and one of the amateurs, 7-dan Tang Zhouzhe, claimed a victory, defeating 8-dan female pro, Yang Hui. The other amateur was defeated by his opponent, 2-dan Cui Nang. The other 2 female pros, and the remaining amateur were eliminated, leaving Tang as the only amateur, and Cui as the only female, remaining in the preliminary stage. The final 16 qualifiers will be decided today.

Posted by Steve in Pro News


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3 Responses to “Hane gets a title, Rui doing well”

  1. konrad says:

    Steve, I thought you were trying to kick the habit? Now go work on your PhD 😉

  2. Steve says:

    I’m trying to show you how you can also post short announcements 😛

    I’m still following the scene, just not as regularly, and not making big reports.

    Anyone else hearing some cool news, please post it.

    PS: Yi Se-tol got married earlier this month (and had to fly to Korea for the wedding between Rounds 1 and 2 of the Chunlan(?) Cup.

  3. Rory says:

    Go work Steve, i know your addicted but you need to be strong 😛

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