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Post #1 Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:13 am 
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Like last year, this year's Pro Qualification Tournament (PQT) will be part of the 2019 Chinese Weiqi Congress (CWC), so I decided to put them into the same thread.

This year's CWC will be held at Rizhao, Shandong Province (山东省日照市) from Aug 19th to 25th. Rizhao is a beautiful city on the coastline of the Yellow Sea with a population of about 3 million. Quoting from Wikipedia:
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The name of the city literally means "sunshine".[1] The city is known for its sustainability, and it mandates solar-water heaters in all new buildings. Rizhao city was recognized by the United Nations as one of the most habitable cities in the world in 2009.
It is really a nice place to relax and enjoy Go.

Since we are still a long way away from end of August I will start to do some introductory reports of the CWC and PQT. Last year the CWC was held in Nanning, Guangxi Province and one of our forum member (pnprog) happened to be in the city of Nanning and provided us with some on site reporting. Maybe this year we will have some other member in the vicinity and do the same for us?

Link to last year's thread: https://lifein19x19.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=15936


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Post #2 Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:42 am 
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This year's PQT will be split into 4 groups.
1. U25 Male: participants must be born on Jan 1st 1994 or after.
2. U25 Female: same age limit as group 1.
3. Male adult: born on Dec 31 1993 or before.
4. Female adult: same age limit as group 3.
Group 1, 2, 3, 4 will issue 20, 10, 10, 4 pro certificates respectively for a total of 44 new pro certs.

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Post #3 Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:02 am 
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wolfking wrote:
... Last year the CWC was held in Nanning, Guangxi Province and one of our forum member (pnprog) happened to be in the city of Nanning and provided us with some on site reporting. Maybe this year we will have some other member in the vicinity and do the same for us?...

Any plans for your summer vacation wolfking? :mrgreen:

But seriously, thanks in advance for your great, in-depth reporting! :tmbup:

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Post #4 Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:06 pm 
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Any plans for your summer vacation wolfking? :mrgreen:
That makes me wish I were a uni professor.

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Post #5 Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:08 pm 
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Today I will start a series to introduce events that will be held at the CWC.

1. The CWC Grand Prix(中国围棋大会大奖赛)

Last year this was called the CWC Main Event (中国围棋大会正赛). It is open to all amateurs regardless of strength. The GP is an 11 round McMahon tournament. Players were divided into groups according to their strength prior to tournament start. The final champion will be rewarded with a prize money of 50k Chinese Yuan (a bit more than 7k USD). Other top 32 finishers also gets money from a prize pool of 150k CNY.

What might be more appealing to the participants, is that there will be 7D and 6D certificates issued for top finishers. 7D certs go to the champion and runner up, and can extend to top 6 (if higher finishers are already 7Ds). 6D certs are issued to 3rd place to 10th place, and can extend all the way to top 20.

Event schedule:

Aug 19: round 1 & 2
Aug 20: round 3
Aug 21: round 4 & 5
Aug 22: round 6 & 7
Aug 23: round 8
Aug 24: round 9 & 10
Aug 25: round 11

One of the amateur "Big Four" Ma Tianfang 7D went 11-0 to win last year's CWC Main Event
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Ma Tianfang 7D's unique way of holding Go stone
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Top 3 finisher of 2018 Main Event. From left to right: Wang Runan 8p, Tao Hanwen 7D (runner up), Ma Tianfang 7D(champion), Chen Junyu 7D(3rd place), Professor Liu Weimin (Deputy Mayor of Nanning City).
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2. China King of 9x9 (中国九路棋王赛)
The 9x9 is also an 11 round McMahon event that is scheduled for afternoons. Time control is fixed 10 minutes for each side with no byoyomi so you have to play super fast. Komi is 3.5 zi or 7 points which means draw is possible. Last year's winner was Wang Yixin 7D. Ma 7D was the runner up. This event issues one 7D cert (if there are more than 20 6D participants) and three 6D certs (can be extended to top 16).

Event Schedule:
Aug 19: round 1,2,3
Aug 20: round 4,5,6

Aug 22: round 7,8,9
Aug 23: round 10,11


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Post #6 Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:39 am 
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3. Mixed Pair Go Championship (混双锦标赛)

Participating pairs must be of opposite sex. The sum of the pair's ranks cannot exceed 13D. Pros can also participate in this tournament and will be counted as 9Ds. Playing order of the pair is always lady first. Out of order plays still count but will incur 1 zi (2 points) penalty each time, until the fourth time which will result in a loss.

Participants will be separated into groups of 4 pairs each. Each group will play 3 rounds of round robin to determine the top pair to go into the final 16 (if there are less than 16 groups, 2nd place pairs will be selected to fill the final 16. 2nd place tie breakers are lower total rank, older average age, less penalties incurred). The final 16 pairs will play 4 elimination rounds to determine the champion team. Top 8 finishers get prize money. Total prize pool is 20k CNY.

Time control before final four is 15 minutes main time for each pair plus three 20 seconds byoyomi. Semi final and final will be 20 minutes each pair with same byoyomi setting.

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Aug 19: Group round robin from 6pm to 9pm
Aug 20: Four rounds of elimination from 5pm to 9pm

Last year's championship pair Bao Yun 6D (left) and Chang Lifei 6D.
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Bao 6D is famous for his blindfold Go and holds the Guinness record in most wins by winning all 5 simul blindfold games in 2015 (opponents including high dan amateurs like Timur Sankin 6D of Russia and Jonas Welticke 6D of Germany. It was also a 12 hour ordeal that ended near mid night). He also won the Masters US Open at the US Go Congress 2016 in Boston. You can find more info on Bao Yun 6D at Sensei's Library here.

Bao Yun 6D blindfolded calling out coordinates of his plays
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Post #7 Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:58 am 
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Why is Bao Yun "only" 6D? Is he not so interested in ordinary tournaments?

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In China I believe the only way to get 7d is to win a national tournament (such as CWC Grand Prix mentioned here) and there's probably not many such opportunities. 8d is for winning an international event such as WAGC, which is probably easier as it essentially means beating the Korean player (beating Japan expected now) so qualifying through the Chinese selection tournament may be the harder part.


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Post #9 Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:23 am 
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ez4u wrote:
Why is Bao Yun "only" 6D? Is he not so interested in ordinary tournaments?
What Uberdude said.

In China the local amateur promotion tournament can only issue certificates up to 5D. 6D has to be earned at provincial level or national level tournaments. 7D only issued at a few high level national tournaments to the champion, occasionally also the runner up. Usually the number of certs issued also depends on participants strength, and not all provincial level competition will issue 6D to the champion.

For example Yunnan Weiqi Association is organizing a national open amateur championship and a provincial level amateur championship at the same time. Both are called "Tengchong Cup" (they will be held at Tengchong, Yunnan Province this August). The national Tengchong Cup will only issue 6D to the champion and runner up (extends to top 16) if there are more than 100 5Ds in the field. If there are less than 100 5D in the field only the champion gets 6D (since there is a good chance the top finishers are already 6Ds, what really means is that 1 or 2 6D certs will be issued depending on field strength, and 0 6D cert if all 16 top finishers are 6D going into the tournament). The provincial Tengchong Cup will only issue 5Ds to the top 8 finishers.

In China a 5D's strength can vary greatly. If you earned it by winning tournaments like the provincial Tengchong Cup above you are likely at 6D level. If you got it through local promotion tournament you could be strong or weak. But the 6Ds are all very strong!


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Post #10 Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:09 pm 
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Continue with CWC events. BTW what I have introduced so far are CWC Gala events. Most of these Gala events are open to all amateurs (some are open to pros) as long as you are willing to participate. They are more for fun than for serious competition. There are other type of events e.g. Chinese A-League and Women's AL games. I will list those events later.

4. Parent-Child Rengo

This is a family oriented event. Participating teams must consist of a parent(or grandparent) and a child. There is no other requirement. Games are played with handicaps determined by the average rank of the pairs. Playing order is child first. Time control is 20 min main time plus 3 x 20 sec byoyomi.

5 preliminary rounds will be played to determine the top 8 pairs. The final 8 will play 3 elimination rounds to determine the champion. Top 8 teams get prize money from a pool of 10k CNY.

Schedule:

Aug 20: Round 1,2,3 from 6-9pm
Aug 21: Round 4,5 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Elimination Rounds 6-9pm


5. Three player Rengo

Well I guess triple the players triple the fun. Pros are allowed but each team can have at most one pro (counted as 9D). Also only one amateur above 6D level is allowed. Games are handicapped according to difference in average strength. Playing order is from high dan to low dan.

Teams will play 6 preliminary rounds to determine top 8, followed by 3 elimination rounds. Time control is 20 min plus 3 x 10 sec byoyomi before final, and 30 min plus 3 x 30 sec byoyomi for the final. Top 4 teams get prize money from a 10k CNY pool.

Schedule:
Aug 22: Round 1,2,3 from 6 to 9pm
Aug 23: Round 4,5,6 from 6 to 9pm
Aug 24: Elimination rounds from 3:30 pm to 7:50pm


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Post #11 Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:41 pm 
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6. Lady's Championship

This is an amateur only event. There will be 5 preliminary rounds (20 min no byoyomi) to determine top 8, followed by 3 elimination rounds (20 min with 3 x 20 sec byoyomi) to determine the final champion. Top 8 gets prize money from a pool of 10k CNY.

The first edition champion was Yike Weiqi's reporter Chang Lifei 6d (she was working for China Mind Sports Net at the time and yes she was Baoyun 6D's pair go partner last year). Last year 12 year old Qin Siyue 5D (秦思玥) won the championship by beating Deng Xinyi. Deng Xinyi was later promoted to 1p for finishing in top 4 of the HTT tournament. Qin Siyue was promoted to 6D for finishing 5th.

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August 23rd: round 1-5 from 3:30 to 8 pm
August 24th: elimination rounds from 3:30 to 7:50 pm

2018 Champion Qin Siyue 6D
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2018 Runner up Deng Xinyi 1p
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Qin Siyue playing Deng Xinyi in the final
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Post #12 Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:41 pm 
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7. Reef Go

This is a quite unique and entertaining format. The game is played on a 9x9 board. Before start of the game each side records a hidden "reef" move on a card. During the game when your opponent plays a move on your "reef", you can show your card and place a stone at that position. Your opponent's move will be deemed as a pass, and you still have the next move! However if both of you choose the same position as the reef then they simply cancel out. Also even before the "reef" is revealed they are considered stones already placed on the board. So when your "reef" has zero liberty or is the last liberty of an opponent's group it must be revealed.

Time control is 5 min each side with no byoyomi. Top 8 gets prize money from 10k pool. Expected to play 7 rounds but is subject to change depending on enrollment.

Schedule

August 22nd: start from 7 pm

Last year this event was played on 13 x 13 board and each side was allowed 3 reef stones. Last year's winner was 15 year old Sun Xingke. Ma Tianfang 7D was the runner up.

2018 Award Ceremony (From left to right, Hua Xueming 7p, Ma Tianfang 7D, Sun Xingke, Qi Zenan)
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Post #13 Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:22 pm 
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The preliminary rounds of the PQT were played from August 11th to 15th. 347 participants were separated into A, B two groups and played total 8 rounds. Top 50 of each group join 23 returning top 50 plays (so total 123 players) from last year to play 13 more rounds in the main tournament. After 13 rounds 20 players with the best score will be awarded pro certificates.

This year there are significantly less people in the adult groups. From what I have heard there will be only 6 certs issued in the male adult group and 2 certs in the female adult group. Adding the U-25 groups certs there will be total 38 pro certificates issued this year.

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