Tournament Profiles

Chinese Ricoh Cup

The Chinese Ricoh Cup (理光杯职业围棋个人赛) is a tournament organised by the Chinese Weiqi Association and sponsored by RICOH China Co., Ltd. It is also known from some western sources as Liguang Cup, 'Liguang' being the Chinese pinyin of the sponsor's name - something isn't really necessary as Ricoh is a well-known international brand. When the tournament first started in 2000, it was merely a small 8-player invitational tournament. It has since evolved into one of the largest fast-game tournaments in China.

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.

Chinese Qisheng

The full name of this tournament translates to Luoyang Longmen Cup Chinese Qisheng tournament (洛阳龙门杯中国棋圣战). Luoyang is a city in central China's Henan province. Longmen is apparently a reference to the city's local World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes, the home of thousands of Budda statues. Qisheng is the Chinese equivalence of 'Kisei' meaning 'Go sage'.

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.