Live

March 17 (Saturday) First roundgame 10: 30 ~
March 18 (Sunday) Semifinals Game 10: 30 ~
March 19 (Monday) Final game 10: 30 ~
Commentator Michael Redmond 9dan
Comment start time 13:00~Eventually

Outline

The following six players will compete for the World Go Championship:

Park Jeong-Hwan 9p as the defending champion in 2017 (ranking number one in Korea), Iyama Yuta 9p (ranking number one in Japan), Ke Jie 9p (ranking number one in China), Shin Jinseo 8p (ranking number two in Korea), Wang Yuanjun 8p (*ranking number one in Chinese Taipei), Yamashita Keigo 9p (ranking number four in Japan)

Competition Name
World Go Championship 2018
Host
The Nihon Ki-in
Sponsors
NTT DOCOMO, Inc.Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co.,Ltd.Hankyu CorporationIGO&SHOGI CHANNEL INC
Special cooperation
Nikkei Inc.
Cooperative Corporations
Japan Airlines,DWANGO Co., Ltd.
Competetion Dates
17-19 March 2018
Venue
The Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo) for competition and pro commentry

Competition

Players

Japanese representative:
Yuta Iyama 9p, Yamashita Keigo 9p
Korean representative:
Park Jeong-Hwan 9-dan (winner of the World Go Champ in 2017), Shin Jinseo 8p
Chinese representative:
Ke Jie 9p
Chinese Taipei representative:
Wang Yuanjun 8p

Competition Method

Single Kockout Tournament(seeded players: Iyama 9p and Park 9p *They will play from the 2nd round)
Time allowance: 3 hours, a countdown starts when the remaining time become 5 minutes.
All game will begin at 10:30 a.m. No break time till the end of the game.
Even game with black giving 6.5 points komi with Japanese rules

Prize

Total Amount: 32 million Japanese Yen
Winner: 20 million JPY, Runner-up: 5 million JPY, Third・Forth: 2.5 million JPY, Fifth・Sixth: 1 million JPY

Players

Iyama Yuta
Iyama Yuta
Born in 24 May 1989 in Osaka
Became a professional Go player in 2002 and became 9-dan in 2009
<Go Career>
2005The 12th Agon Kiriyama Cup, winner (*his first title in pro tournaments)
2009The 34th Meijin, winner
2011The 49th Judan, the 37th Tengen, winner
The 24th Fujitsu Cup, the third place
2012The 67th Honinbo, the 37th Gosei and the 60th Oza, winner
2013The 37th Kisei、the 25th TV Asia Cup, winner
2016The 54th Judan, winner (*became the first player ever to hold all seven major titles simultaneously)
2017The 12nd Meijin, winner (*hold all seven major titles simultaneously for the second time)
Yamashita Keigo
Yamashita Keigo
Born in 6 September 1978 in Hokkaido
Became a professional Go player in 1993 and became 9-dan in 2003
<Go Career>
1998The 23rd Shinjin O, winner (*his first title in pro tournaments)
2000The 25th Gosei, winner
2003The 27th Kisei, winner
2004The 30th Tengen, winner
2006The 54th Oza, winner
2010The 65th Honinbo, winner
2011The 36th Meijin, winner
Park Jeong-Hwan
Park Jeong-Hwan
Born in 11 January 1993 in Seoul
Became a professional Go player in 2006 and became 9-dan in 2010
<Go Career>
2009Winner of Korean Judan、Korean Tengen
2010Winner of Korean Judan
2011Winner of The 24th Fujitsu Cup
2012Winner of Maxim Coffe Cup
2013The 25th TV Asia Cup, runner up, Ing Cup, runner-up
2014Winner of Korean Tengen
2015Winner of LG Cup, The 27th TV Asia Cup, runner-up
2016Ing Cup, runner-up
Shin Jin Seo
Shin Jin Seo
Born in 17 March 2000 in Busan
Became a professional Go player in 2012 and became 8-dan in 2017
<Go Career>
2016The 28th TV Asia Cup, winner
2017The 4th GLOBIS CUP World Go U-20, winner
Ke Jie
Ke Jie
Born in 2 August 1997 in Zhejiang
Became a professional Go player in 2008 and became 9-dan in 2015
<Go Career>
2014Chinese Agon Kiriyama Cup, winner
2015Samsung Cup、winner
2016Samsung Cup、winner
2017Chinese Ryusei, winner
Wang Yuan Jyun
Wang Yuan Jyun
Born in 14 March 1996 in Taipei
Became a professional Go player in 2007 and became 8-dan in 2016
<Go Career>
2013Winner of Chinese Taipei Judan
2015Winner of Chinese Taipei Tengen
2016Winner of Chinese Taipei Tengen
2017Winner of Chinese Taipei Tengen、Chinese Taipei Judan

Tournament Chart

I: Iyama Yuta (Japan) - Seeded player
II: Park Jeong-Hwan (Koria) - Seeded player
A: Wang Yuan Jyun (Chinese Taipei)
B: Yamashita Keigo (Japan)
C: Shin Jin Seo (Koria)
D: Ke Jie (China)

Time allowance: 3 hours, a countdown starts when the remaining time become 5 minutes. Each game will begin at 10:30am
*No break time till the end of the game.
*All players will draw

Tournament Scheudle

17 March(Sat):1st Roundfrom 10:30amPro Commentary from 1:00 pmat the Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo)
18 March(Sun):Semi Finalfrom 10:30amPro Commentary from 1:00 pmat the Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo)
19 March(Mon):Finalfrom 10:30amPro Commentary from 1:00 pmat the Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo)