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)

China-Japan-Korea-Taiwan encounters

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

Taiwanese domestic tournaments

Other tournaments allowing professionals

Online leagues

[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 Dieter on May 2, 2022 - 15:01
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