O Rissei (王 立誠 Ō Rissei, Wang Licheng (Wáng Lìchéng) in Chinese, born 7th November 1958) is a Nihon Ki-in 9-dan professional, and in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 winner of the Judan title. Other major titles he has won in the past are the Kisei, Oza, the Chunlan Cup and the LG Cup.
Born in Taiwan, Rissei came to Japan in 1971 at the age of 13 and turned professional the following year. He is a student of Kano Yoshinori.
- Kisei, 24th - 26th
- Judan, 39th - 42nd
- Oza, 43rd, 46th-48th
- NHK Cup, 44th
- Shinjin O, 6th
- Kakusei, 11th, 15th, 21st, 22nd
- Shin-Ei, 14th
Jasonred : Apparently, Gobans with his signature are worth 25 million yen? Is that so???
Considering the prize money that they get for tournaments, this is pretty massive!
Andrew Grant: Should this page really refer to O Rissei as a Japanese professional? I think that unless he has taken Japanese nationality (does anyone know?) it would be more accurate to call him a Chinese professional playing in Japan.
iopq: Wouldn't it be Taiwanese?
Velobici: I cant find where the page says that O is a Japanese professional, rather it says that he is a Nihon Ki-in professional. Seems appropriate as the Nihon Ki-in is the organization that accredits O as a professional. The USA National Baseball League has foreign professionals; they are NBL professionals just as much as one that is a citizen of the USA. Perhaps we should say something like a Nihon Ki-in professional with Taiwanese nationality.
Andrew Grant: Try looking at the page history, you'll find that this page did indeed originally call O Rissei Japanese when I made the above comment. Clearly someone has altered the page, while leaving the comment alone.
pwaldron?: It is perfectly reasonable to call O Rissei a Japanese pro. He plays go professionally in Japan and, more importantly, studied to become a pro there too. He is a product of Japanese go, so calling him a Japanese pro seems only correct.
Velobici: Japanese professional of American origin....sounds about right. Would you call Yang Yilun an American professional? There is a (moribund?) American Professional Go Association of which he is a member. I do not know if his membership in the Zhongguo Qiyuan has lapsed or not...same regarding Jiang Mingjiu. Rui Naiwei is also exceptional, perhaps even more so than O Rissei and Michael Redmond. Both O and Redmond trained and are certified by the same organization. She was trained and certified a professional by the Zhongguo Qiyuan, yet plays under the auspices of the Hankuk Kiwon.
Perhaps we can phrase the question as which of these two do we use?