European Go Journal: September 2021

The European Women’s Go Championship 2021 took place online from the 4th – 5th September. Dina Burdakova 5d won five games out of six and claimed the champion’s title.

In round four, Dina played against Natalia Kovaleva 5d - last year’s champion. In the September edition of the European Go Journal you will find a commentary on that epic battle.

Photo: Natalia Kovaleva (left) and Dina Burdakova (right).


The final of the 13th Chunlan Cup - one of the world professional go championships - took place online. Shin Jinseo 9p, number one of the Korean ranking list, faced Tang Weixing 9p - one of the top Chinese professional go players.

As the final was a best of three, Shin claimed the champion’s title after winning two games straight on the 13th and 15th of September, respectively.

In the September edition of the European Go Journal you will find a review of the second game of the final.

Photo: happy Shin Jinseo after winning the 13th Chunlan Cup.



One might wonder: what is the greatest achievement of Western go players in international tournaments?

Perhaps, Ryan Li beating Chen Yaoye 9p, three-time world champion, in the third MLily Cup in 2017.

We talked with Ryan about that game and his life as a professional go player. Besides, Ryan is a Ph.D. student in atmospheric physics at Yale University and runs the New York Institute of Go - an educational center with around 70 active students.

Want to learn more about Ryan? In the September edition of the European Go Journal, you will find an interview with him.

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Photo: Ryan with his wife Stephanie Yin 1p at the Brooklyn bridge in 2018.