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Post #41 Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:38 am 
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By the way, could someone provide a little background on why the adult qualifying tournament exists? I'm not too familiar with the Chinese system.

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Post #42 Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:59 am 
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14. Mao Yanxin (毛彦新) 1p

Birth Year: 2004
Birth Place: Leshan, Sichuan Province
Age started learning Go: 6 1/2
She did not start as fast as many other pros. It took her more than 1 year to get to 1D. Despite the relatively slow start she really loved Go and parents obliged.


This pretty funny, considering that we're talking about a 7 year-old. :shock:

That is funny :) I think this is akin to a young girl refusing to leave a pet store until she is holding her dream pet. Granted pro Go lessons cost a lot more than a pet but in China parents consider Go education a good investment and good mental training for kids. It is similar to sending kids to piano lesson, painting lesson etc.

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Post #43 Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:47 pm 
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@wolfking I just want you to know that you're my hero for posting all this, keep up the great work!
You are very welcome!
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By the way, could someone provide a little background on why the adult qualifying tournament exists?
It was designed to complement the U25 PQT. For quite a while the CWA had set up the PQT as a U17 event (U20 for women). For example in 2009 the PQT was held in July, the age requirement for the men's group was born on Jan 1st of 1992 or after. But even with that restriction, not all finishers in top 20 would be granted pro status. For those finished from 14 to 20, 4 more pro certs would be handed out, provided that the player was 15 or under. So if you were born before Jan 1st of 1994 and finished 14th, you would have gotten a 6D cert.

Many people thought that age requirement was too stringent. In 2010 a separate U25 group was added but only 2 pros would come from that group. The 15 age limit for those finished 14th to 20th in the U17 group stayed.

In 2011 the CWA eliminated the 15 age limit for 14th to 20th finishers. That means in the U17 group the top 17 finishers would receive pro certs. Everything else stayed the same. And people still complained about the U17 limit being too strict.

Things finally changed in 2012. The CWA completely did away with the U17 thing and the separate U25 group. From that time on there were only U25 groups for both men and women. Top 20 in the men's group and top 5 in the women's group would get pro certs.

In 2017 number of pro certs were increased from 5 to 10 for the women's group.

In 2018 the CWA decided to give aging amateurs another chance. That was the time the adult groups were added. But the trend of relaxing age limit has been on for a while.


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Post #44 Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:25 am 
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15. Yu Jingying (于靖莹) 1p

Birth Year: 1997
Birth Place: Fushun, Liaoning Province
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Go School/Dojo: Ge Yuhong Dojo
Times participated in PQT: 10
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Tournament Results:
2009 Northeast Youth Tournament Female Group 1st Place
2010 and 2011 National Grade School Championship Middle School Female Champion
2019 Liaoning Weiqi Classic Female 1st Place
2019 PQT U-25 Female Group 8th Place (promoted to 1p)

Yu Jingying in round 8 of 2018 PQT
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Yu Jingying in round 6 of 2019 NIC
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Young Yu Jingying playing in 2011 vs Team Tsinghua University (she was studying at Tsinghua University Affiliated High School at the time)
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Post #45 Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:29 pm 
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16. Chen Manqi (陈蔓淇) 1p

Birth Year: 2006
Birth Place: Taizhou, Shandong Province
Age started learning Go: 5 and 9 months
Go School/Dojo: Ge Yuhong Dojo
Times participated in PQT: 3
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2016 Little Bailing Cup Children's Group B (U10) Female 1st Place
2017 Little Bailing Cup Children's Group A (U12) Female 1st Place
2018 32nd Yellow River Cup Female 3rd
2019 Little Bailing Cup Youth Group (U15) Female 2nd Place
2019 PQT U-25 Female Group 9th Place (promoted to 1p)

Chen Manqi was born in Taizhou, Shandong but moved to Guangzhou at 2 and half. Her parents were not Go enthusiastic and little Manqi stumbled on Go by accident. She started to learn piano at 4 and really liked it. But when she was 6 her kindergarten provided free Go lessons so she went with everybody else. It turned out that she liked Go even more than anything she was learning at the time (yes she was also taking lessons on English and Math!), including piano.

When she was in 2nd grade her mom asked her if she had to pick one to study which one would it be? She picked Go without hesitation. Mom gave her a small goal: reach 5D before graduating from elementary school. She is now in 6th grade. And she made pro. Shall we say mission accomplished?

Young Manqi working on Go problems
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Chen Manqi in round 13 of 2019 PQT
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Post #46 Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:00 pm 
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When she was in 2nd grade her mom asked her if she had to pick one to study which one would it be? She picked Go without hesitation. Mom gave her a small goal: reach 5D before graduating from elementary school. She is now in 6th grade. And she made pro. Shall we say mission accomplished?

Yes! Let's do that. :tmbup:

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Post #47 Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:41 pm 
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17. Xu Jingqi (徐晶琦) 1p

Birth Year: 2004
Birth Place: Ma'anshan, Anhui Province
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Go School/Dojo: Hangzhou Go School
Times participated in PQT: 4
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2017 National Youth Championship Youth Group (U16) Female 2nd Place (Zhang Mengyao won 1st place)
2017 National Women's Amateur Championship Open Group 3rd Place (promoted to 6D)
2017 Young Star International Women's Amateur Invitational Champion Team Member (together with Dong Tianyi 6D and Li Xiaoxi 5D)
2018 National Youth Championship Youth Group (U16) Female 1st Place
2019 PQT U-25 Female Group 10th Place (promoted to 1p)

Xu Jingqi 1p in round 6 of 2019 NIC
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Xu Jingqi 6D won 2nd place in 2019 16th Anhui Provincial Amateur Mingren
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Post #48 Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:41 pm 
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18. Yang Tingxuan (杨霆轩) 1p

Birth Year: 2004
Birth Place: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province
Age started learning Go: 4 1/2
Go School/Dojo: Hangzhou Go School
Times participated in PQT: 8
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2014 29th Jinling Cup 5th place (promoted to 6D at 10 years 3 months. Youngest 6D at the time.)
2017 Huaian Yagu Kvass Grand Prix Champion
2017 Yizhi King of Weiqi Champion
2018 Jiangsu Provincial Games Youth Champion and Pair Go Champion
2018 National Youth Championship Youth Group (U16) Champion
2019 PQT U-25 Male Group 1st Place (EQ promoted to 1p)

As a 10 year kid, finishing 5th in the Jinling Cup is no small feat. That year Qian Liuru 7D (now 2p)finished 11th; recently very hot young pro Lu Liyan 4p finished 15th. Top 3 of Jinling Cup get 6D certs but usually top finishers are all 6Ds even 7Ds. The certs extend to top 12 so if a 5D finishes in top 12 there is a chance for promotion to 6D. Finishing in top 5 almost guarantees a 6D cert. By the way that year's Jinling Cup champion was another 2019 new pro Xie Xuebin.

Yang Tingxuan 1p in 2019 PQT
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Post #49 Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:56 pm 
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19. Wang Chunhui (王春晖) 1p

Birth Year: 2006
Birth Place: Qingdao, Shandong Province
Age started learning Go: 4 1/2
Go School/Dojo: Hangzhou Go School
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2016 7th Little Bailing Cup Children's Group B (U10) Champion
2017 34th World Youth Goe Championship Junior Division Champion (Chiangmai, Thailand)
2017 4th Qiyuan Cup National Amateur Open 5th Place (promoted to 6D)
2019 7th M'Lily Amateur Open Championship Runner-up
2019 Hangzhou Go Institute Qianchao Cup Runner-up
2019 PQT U-25 Male Group 2nd Place (EQ promoted to 1p)

Wang Chunhui started learning Go at Qingdao Evening Post Weiqi Club. His first teacher was Zhang Guozhu 4D. He made 1D in one year and was moved to mid level class to study under Zhong Fengshi 5D. He quickly improved to 4D and was selected into First Team Future Star under the tutelage of Wang Cun 7D (former 2p who gave up pro status). At age 7 he reached 5D and started to won tournaments in and outside Shandong Province.

In 2015 9 year old Wang Chunhui was already a solid Tygen 9D. His parents thought long and hard before sending him to Hangzhou Go School to pursue pro dream. He did not give up his regular study either, coming back to Qingdao twice a year for school exams. It took a lot of self discipline and strong mentality to tolerate such rigorous schedule and excel under pressure.

After making pro he thanked all his teachers from Qingdao Evening Post Club through WeChat (similar to WhatsApp). He has realized his pro dream. His new dream is to perform well on the world stage and win some championships.

By the way he played many good game in the Chinese NIC in September and finished 40th in a field of 120, ahead of many high dan young pros.

Top 8 of 2017 Qiyuan Cup. That tiny kid in the middle is Wang Chunhui. This is the event that he earned 6D. Right most is the champion Bai Baoxiang 8D, two time winner of the WAGC.
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Wang Chunhui in round 10 of 2019 PQT
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