Tournament Profiles

Korean Future Stars Tournament

This tournament is jointly sponsored by Mok Jinseok 9-dan and his father (who is an entrepreneur and used to be a board member of the Korean Baduk Association). The tournament is designed to help young players who otherwise don't have enough formal games to play. It is unclear at the time of writing whether this tournament will repeat in future years.

Japanese Chisato Cup

Chisato (千里) is a Japanese company offering insurance services. This tournament was created in 2014 to celebrate the company's 25th birthday. It is an invitational tournament for young players only. As of late 2015, Nihon Kiin website has marked this tournament as discontinued.

Japanese OVER40 Hayago Tournament

The Japanese OVER40 Hayago Tournament is for senior players that are at least 40 years old. The tournament was first introduced by the Nihon Kiin in 2014.


The GLOBIS Cup World Go U-20 is an international tournament for young players newly introduced in 2014. It is organised by the Nihon Kiin. GLOBIS is the name of a Japanese university (and the corporation behind it) sponsoring the tournament.

Chinese Xinren Wang

Chinese Xinren Wang is a major tournament for emerging Chinese new talents. 'Xinren Wang', literally meaning the 'king of new people', is the Chinese equivalent of Japanese 'Shinjin O'. When this tournament first started in 1994, it attracted Japanese sponsorship. Since 2007 it has been officially associated with Jianqiao, a Shanghai-based private university, whose wealthy owner is a big fan and supporter of Go.

Merchants Property Cup

This is a bilateral team competition between China and Korea, sponsored by China Merchants Property, a real estate enterprise based in Shenzhen. In its current form, the tournament is reminiscent of the Lotte Cup held in 1990's.

Tongyang Securities Cup

Tongyang Securities Cup was a major international Go tournament held in 1990's. The sponsor Tongyang Securities Inc is a Korean company offering financial services. The first two editions of this tournament were more like a domestic Korean event, with only few international players invited. Beginning term 3, it became a full-fledged international tournament. The tournament was last held in 1998 and discontinued apparently due to the Asian financial crisis.