Ma Xiaochun

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Ma Xiaochun (马晓春)

Ma Xiaochun (Simplified: 马晓春; Traditional: 馬暁春; Hanyu Pinyin: Mǎ Xiǎochūn, b. August 26, 1964 in Zhejiang, China) is a Chinese professional 9-dan, author, and head coach of the Chinese National Team?. He is best known for his title victories throughout the 1990s, dominance of the Chinese Mingren title, first Chinese player to win an international title, and light, flexible play style.

Ma began playing Go at the age of nine, and half a year later placed third at a local youth tournament. In 1982 (when he was 18), he was awarded an amateur 7-dan rank. In early 1983, he won the 5th World Amateur Go Championship and was promoted to professional 7-dan status. By the end of the year he had been promoted to 9-dan status through a series of rank promotion tournaments. He became a full-time professional in 1985. During 1985-88 he won several titles, including the Tianyuan, National Go Individual and New Sports Cup.[1][2]

Beginning in 1989 he won the 2nd Mingren title and held it for thirteen consecutive years until 2002. Throughout the rest of the 1990s he earned over 25 other titles, having his best year in 1995. During this year he became the first Chinese player to win an international title -- the Tong Yang Securities Cup. From 1996-99 began an international rivalry with Yi Changho, battling each other several times for the Tong Yang Securities Cup, Fujitsu Cup, Samsung Cup and LG Cup. He also maintained a healthy rivalry with fellow countryman Nie Weiping. In 2005, Ma Xiaochun was officially nominated (and appointed) as 'head coach' of the Chinese National Team. [3]

Style

Ma has been noted for his light, airy, elegant, dodging style, and opening play. In his early years, his style would clash strongly with that of Liu Xiaoguang in several important tournament matches.[4] Liu played a fierce, combative style opposite of Ma's own. Further down the road, Ma's airy style of play would continue to give attacking players a difficult time.

Rank Promotion

Titles

Other Successes

  • 1996, 9th Fujitsu Cup second place and 7th Tongyang Securities Cup second place
  • 2nd World Go Open second place
  • 3rd World Qiwang second place
  • 1998, 3rd Samsung Cup second place and 10th Asian TV Cup second place
  • 1999, 3rd LG Cup second place and 12th Fujitsu Cup second place
  • 2000, 2nd Chun Lan Cup second place

Books

English Commentaries

Date Opponent Event Resource
1981-03-13 Murakami Bunsho? 3rd World Amateur Go Championship Go World Iss. 25
1981-03-14 Shao Zhenzhong 3rd World Amateur Go Championship Go World Iss. 25
1982-06-12 Ohira Shuzo 1982 Japan-China Go Exchange? Go World Iss. 29
1983-02-16 Ronald Schlemper 5th World Amateur Go Championship Go World Iss. 32
1983-02-18 Miura Hiroshi? 5th World Amateur Go Championship Go World Iss. 32
1983-06-16 Kobayashi Koichi 1983 Japan-China Go Exchange? Go World Iss. 33
1984-06-05 Hashimoto Shoji 1984 Japan-China Go Exchange? Go World Iss. 38
1985-05-28 Ishida Akira 13th Japan-China Go Exchange? Go World Iss. 42
1986-05-15 Sonoda Yuichi 14th Japan-China Go Exchange? Go World Iss. 46
1988-04-02 Chang Tu-chin 1st Fujitsu Cup Go World Iss. 53
1988-06-04 Takemiya Masaki 1st Fujitsu Cup Go World Iss. 52
1988-07-09 Yoda Norimoto 4th Japan-China Super Go Go World Iss. 52
1990-06-23 Hashimoto Shoji 3rd IBM Hayago Open Go World Iss. 61
1990-07-16 Hane Yasumasa 3rd IBM Hayago Open Go World Iss. 61
1990-12-16 Kobayashi Koichi 3rd Meijin/Mingren Match? Go World Iss. 63
1990-12-18 Kobayashi Koichi 3rd Meijin/Mingren Match? Go World Iss. 63
1991-04-06 Takemiya Masaki 4th Fujitsu Cup Go World Iss. 64
1991-12-10 Kobayashi Koichi 4th Meijin/Mingren Match? Go World Iss. 68
1991-12-12 Kobayashi Koichi 4th Meijin/Mingren Match? Go World Iss. 68
1992-12-15 Kobayashi Koichi 5th Meijin/Mingren Match? Tournament Go 1992
1992-12-17 Kobayashi Koichi 5th Meijin/Mingren Match? Tournament Go 1992
1992-12-18 Kobayashi Koichi 5th Meijin/Mingren Match? Tournament Go 1992
1995-05-15 Ryu Shikun 8th Tengen/Tianyuan Match? Go World Iss. 74
1995-05-24 Nie Weiping 6th Tong Yang Securities Cup Final Masterplay: The Playing Style of Seven Top Pros?
1995-08-05 Kobayashi Koichi 8th Fujitsu Cup Final Masterplay: The Playing Style of Seven Top Pros?
1996-03-20 Yi Ch'ang-ho 7th Tong Yang Securities Cup Final Go World Iss. 76
1996-08-03 Yi Ch'ang-ho 9th Fujitsu Cup Final Go World Iss. 78
1996-10-25 Liu Xiaoguang 9th Mingren Final Go World Iss. 79
1997-03-09 Chang Hao 11th Tianyuan Final Go World Iss. 80
1997-04-27 Nie Weiping 9th CCTV Cup Go World Iss. 80
1997-05-19 Wang Lei Sr. 3rd Bawang Final Go World Iss. 80
1997-11-17 Luo Xihe 10th Mingren Final Go World Iss. 82
1998-11-26 Yi Ch'ang-ho 3rd Samsung Cup Final Go World Iss. 85
1999-02-08 Yi Ch'ang-ho 3rd Samsung Cup Final Go World Iss. 85
1999-05-10 Yi Ch'ang-ho 3rd LG Cup Final Go World Iss. 86
1999-06-11 Chang Hao 1st Qisheng Final Go World Iss. 86
1999-08-07 Yu Ch'ang-hyeok 12th Fujitsu Cup Final Go World Iss. 86
1999-11-09 Chang Hao 12th Mingren Final Go World Iss. 88

External Resources

Notes

[1] The World of Chinese Go pp. 1.
[2] GoGoD kifu database.
[3] [ext] http://www.go4go.net/v2/modules/news/article.php?storyid=85
[4] Beauty and the Beast pps. 48-52, 92-100.


Ma Xiaochun last edited by 212.232.24.57 on August 31, 2014 - 22:41
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