Tournament Profiles

Chunlan Cup

Chunlan Cuo LogoChunlan Cup World Professional Weiqi Championship (春兰杯世界职业围棋锦标赛) is the first major international Go tournament organised by mainland China. It is named after the main sponsor Chunlan Corporation, one of the 50 largest Chinese enterprises and best known for its air-conditioning products. Since term 3, the tournament has been held once every two years. Early rounds are often hosted at the city of Taizhou where Chunlan's headquarter is based.

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.