Professional tournaments

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This page is dedicated to professional tournaments in general. Pro-amateur tournaments are also included in this section. However, I've tried to indicate the "big titles" in brackets for each country, and the international tournaments. Tournaments which are no longer being held can be found under Obsolete Titles

Information about the current events in professional tournaments may be found at Go News.

Go professionals battle it out in domestic tournaments in Japan, Korea, China or Taiwan (for which only members of the relevant domestic associations can contend), and also in international tournaments which are also usually held in one of these countries. These international tournaments often involve players from only 2 or 3 of these countries, and sometimes all 4. Some international tournaments (particularly pro-amateur tournaments) also have participants from outside these 4 countries.

See Also Professional Tournament Time Limits


International Tournaments

(see also International Title Statistics)


Japanese domestic tournaments

(Prize money info last updated August 2013)

For an up to date list of title holders, jump to this [ext] web page at the Nihon Ki-in website (seems to be obsolete as of Sept 2010). Here's the schedule for the seven Japanese big titles.

The URLs for the go web pages of the newspapers sponsoring the seven[1] big Japanese titles can be found at Japanese Go Column URLs


Chinese domestic tournaments


Korean domestic tournaments

  • GS Caltex?₩ 70,000,000
  • KBS Cup Cho HunHyun? and Lee ChangHo won 11 times. Lee ChangHo holds the record of the youngest title winner at 14 years old.
  • Kuksu (Big Title) ₩ 45,000,000
  • Myeongin ₩ 100,000,000
  • Let's Run PARK? (for both pros and amateurs) ₩80,000,000
  • Maxim Cup (9-dans only)₩50,000,000
  • Shinin Wang₩8,000,000
  • Ch'eonweon Replaced for China Korean Ch'eonweon Tournament
  • Daejoo Cup (over 50's)₩10,000,000
  • Siptan (Wonik Cup)₩50,000,000
  • GS Caltex Cup (aka LG Refined Oils Cup, until 2004 Korean LG Cup) ₩70,000,000
  • Senior Baduk Classic?
  • Auction Cup (Senior vs. Female. ₩100,000,000. Wins 1,000,000 at every winning game.)
  • Olleh KT Cup (both pros and amateurs. for the 1st place ₩100,000,000, and for the 2nd place ₩30,000,000).

Taiwanese domestic tournaments

Other tournaments allowing professionals


[1] Hikaru No Go fans may wonder... shouldn't there be 8 big titles? First, Hikaru no Go is fiction so why would you expect it to agree with the real-world number? And second, there used to be an eighth title called the Kakusei, and similar had a Women's Kakusei as well, but it was discontinued after 2002.


Professional tournaments last edited by 50.46.225.152 on June 12, 2016 - 18:00
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