Five Korean players made it to the round of 16 at the 1st Quzhou Ranker Cup World Go Open held in Quzhou, China today (5th).
Shin Jin-seo, Park Jeong-hwan, and Byeon Sang-il, who are ranked 1st to 3rd in Korea, kept their pride, while Ahn Seong-joon,먹튀검증 9th Dan, and Park Gun-ho, 7th Dan, also won tickets to the round of 16.
In her round of 16, Shin Jin-seo faces China’s Ding Hao, a 2000-year-old 9th dan player of her own age.
Ding Hao, a rising star in Chinese Go, won the LG Cup in February this year, becoming the second player born in the 2000s to win the World Championship title after Shin Jin-seo.
Park Jung-hwan took the opportunity to avenge Gu Zhao, 9th Dan (China), who had given him a defeat in the Nongshim Cup.
Byeon Sang-il, Ahn Seong-jun, and Park Geon-ho will face Wang Singhao 8th Dan, Tao Xinran 9th Dan, and Saeerhao 9th Dan (China) respectively.
With 10 Chinese players advancing to the round of 16, China’s No. 1 Ke Jie, 9th Dan, lost to Taiwan’s Lai Junfu, 8th Dan, and was eliminated.
This is the first major world competition to be held face-to-face since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prize money for the winner is 1.8 million yuan (approximately 345 million won), and the runner-up prize is 600,000 yuan (approximately 115 million won).
The time limit is 5 countdowns of 1 minute each in 2 hours, and the bonus is 7 and a half according to Chinese rules.