Chen Yaoye

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Chen Yaoye
Chen Yaoye(陈耀烨) in April 2010

Chen Yaoye (陈耀烨, Chén Yào Yè, b. 16 December 1989) is a Chinese, professional 9-dan.

At the time of Chen's promotion to 9-dan (in 2007) he became the youngest professional 9-dan.

After the 24th Tianyuan (in 2010), Chen held a record of 9-7 against Gu Li.

Chen was ranked #1 in the Chinese rankings on both 2012-08-31 and 2012-12-31.

Chen was ranked #1 in the World rankings for the month of October 2012. The full ranking chart for that month can be found here: [ext] (Italian)

After the 16th China-Korea Tengen (in 2012), Chen held a record of 9-1 against Korea's Choi Cheolhan, having won the last eight games in a row.

In November 2013 he became the fourth Cinese Tianyuan and Mingren at the same time, after Liu Xiaoguang (in 1988), Ma Xiaochun (1994) and Gu Li (2004).

As of 2013, Chen has held the Tianyuan title for five consecutive years & won the China-Korea Tengen four out of the last five times.

Chen has played on the Tygem go server under the username: Ruler


An Younggil has said that, "Chen’s style of play is very solid and territorial. He’s good at erasing his opponents’ influence and moyo." As such, he "take territory first and then invades. ... Chen is very good at sabaki." "He never rushes, but plays very safely and solidly," that his "defense is very solid and accurate," and although he "doesn't play gently even when he's in the lead," when winning he tries to simplify the game where he can.[1][2]

Regarding Chen's previous record against other Korean players and Choi Cheolhan, Younggil further said:

Chen Yaoye is very strong against Korean players. Especially against Choi Cheolhan. ... I think it’s because Chen’s style of play is very solid, and it makes it hard for Choi to lead the games towards his preferred dynamic fighting style.[1]

Rank Promotion

  • 2000: 1-dan
  • 2001: 2-dan
  • 2002: 3-dan
  • 2004: 4-dan
  • 2005: 5-dan
  • 2007: 9-dan - For getting at least two runners-up in international tournaments.



Fun Facts




chen yaoye southwest qiwang mar2023 (Image credit: 0)
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[1]Source: Go Commentary: Chen Yaoye vs Choi Cheolhan – 16th China Korea Tengen: [ext]

[2]Source: Go Commentary: Chen Yaoye vs Lee Sedol – 9th Chunlan Cup Final: [ext]

[3]Commentary of games four & five in Go World Iss. 108 pp. 32-36.

Chen Yaoye last edited by Jono64a on January 8, 2024 - 05:34
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