On September 29th, the first stage of the 3rd Wu Qingyuan Cup World Women's Go Tournament ended. The Chinese women won the semi-finals and were excited to claim the championship. This is also a rare battle for the Chinese women's team in recent days, because before this victory, the world women's chess world has entered the Korean time for a year.
In 1993, the world’s first female professional Go tournament, the Cuibao Cup, was born (excluding the current Wu Qingyuan Cup, which has not yet produced a champion). A total of 29 women's world champions (items) have been determined, and only 12 women's world champions have been produced. Among them, Rui Naiwei 8 times, Park Zhien 5 times, Cui Jing 5 times, Yu Zhiying 3 times, Feng Yun 1 time, Zhang Xuan 1 time, Xu Ying 1 time, Yin Yingshan 1 time, Li He 1 time, Wang Chenxing 1 time, 1 time for Wu Yoozhen and 1 time for Kim Chaeyoung. From the perspective of height and progress, Rui Naiwei is an existence that transcends the times, Park Ji-eun can be described as an epoch-making chess player, and Cui Jing raised the level of women's Go to a new height in the post-AI era. Before 2019, Yu Zhiying was at least on par with Cui Jing, but last year, for her and Chinese women's Go, it was a dark to ice age.
From 2012 to 2018, the women’s chess world also entered the post-90s post-90s era of the Warring States Period. The 9 individual world champions were scattered into 3 Cui Jing, 2 Yu Zhiying, Wang Chenxing, Li He, Wu Youzhen, Jin Cai There are 1 each, China and South Korea have 3 to 3 champions, and South Korea is slightly ahead of 5 to 4 in the number of championships. In terms of team competitions, in the Huanglongshi Cup Women’s Challenge, China wins in even-numbered years, South Korea wins in odd-numbered years, and China leads 4 to 3 in the first 7 sessions. In Tiantai Mountain World Women’s Team, South Korea leads 4 to 3 in the number of championships, but in In the 7th tournament, the direct dialogue between the Chinese and South Korean teams was that China had a 5-2 lead, but only 2 of them won South Korea and lost to the Japanese team, which benefited the South Korean team.
In other words, in the past 7 years, the China and South Korea women’s individual and team competitions scored 11 to 12, which can be described as intractable.
But 2019 has almost become a turning point. In terms of teams, the 9th Huanglongshi Cup Challenge was held from April to June. In the process, Wu Youzhen won 4 consecutive victories and was later defeated by Lu Minquan. Cui Jing defeated Lu and ushered in a duel between the main players and Yu Zhiying played most of the game. After a good game, the advantage was reversed, and Choi Jing won the 4th ring championship for the Korean women's team. The Tiantai Mountain Team Tournament was held in May. The first round was the encounter between China and South Korea. As a result, South Korea’s Cui Jing beat Yu Zhiying, Oh Yoojin beat Wang Chenxing, Kim Chaeyoung beat Lu Minquan, and they swept 3-0. In the end, South Korea won 3 rounds without losing one. The game won the championship.
In the 2019 Individual Competition, the 10th Holy Grail of Qionglong Mountain Soldiers, Yu Zhiying lost to Cui Jing in the quarterfinals, and Cui Jing defeated Zhou Hongyu in the final to win the championship. In the 2nd Wu Qingyuan Cup, Yu Zhiying lost to Wu Youzhen in the round of 16 and finally Cui Jing defeated Wang Chenxing 2-0 in the final and won. In the 2nd Shanxing Cup, Yu Zhiying defeated Cui Jing with 3 eyes and a half in the final.
In 2019, China and South Korea played against each other 7 times. Cui Jing had an overwhelming record of 6 wins and 1 loss for Zhiying, and also brought back the match record of the two sides to a balance of 18-19 (previously Yu Zhiying had twice played against Cui Achieved 5 consecutive victories and has been in the lead). These two basically represent the highest level of today's women's chess world, and they are also the pillars of the two countries. Once they tilt, it will be unimaginable. With Cui Jing's invincible momentum, South Korea won 4-1 in two team and three individual competitions. The Chinese women won the lighter Shanxing Cup because of Zhiying.
The problem with the Chinese women's team is not Yu Zhiying's downturn. As a professional chess player, the ups and downs are normal. Moreover, it should be noted that Cui Jing has indeed made considerable progress, and has repeatedly defeated men's world champions Ru Shiyue and Gu Zihao in the world competitions to enter the top 16 indiscriminate competitions. The problem with the Chinese women's team is that the successors are weak. Once Yu Zhiying is gone, there will be no younger candidates to stand up. Look at the three world champions in South Korea. Cui Jing was born in 1996, Wu Yoozhen in 1998, and Kim Chaeyoung in 1996. Compared with us standing at the forefront next to Yu Zhiying, they are actually the grandmother Rui Naiwei and the nearly 30-year-old Wang Chenxing and Li He (They were playing in 2012).
In this year's Wu Qingyuan Cup, we are not only happy to win the semi-finals, we are more pleased to see that the Chinese women's team presents a prosperous scene. The top four are Rui Naiwei, born in the 60s, Wang Chenxing in 1991, and Wang Chenxing in 1997 Yu Zhiying, Zhou Hongyu in 2002, has a rich age hierarchy and a reasonable structure. At the same time, Lu Minquan in 1999 and Wu Yiming in 2007 also showed an upward trend. Only by solving the problem of intergenerational handover and establishing a chain of healthy development talents can we ensure that the overall operation is not blocked and paralyzed due to a temporary loss of one person.
The only one in the semi-finals without a world championship title is Zhou Hongyu, the youngest. In this competition, she defeated South Korea's No. 2 and No. 3 masters Oh Yoo Jin and Kim Chae Young, clearing obstacles and making great contributions. In 2019, Zhou Hongyu defeated the men's chess player in the rookie king tournament and finally won the championship. He won the runner-up of the 10th Qionglongshan Soldiers Holy Grail. He won the challenge in the Chinese Women's Celebrity Battle, showing unlimited possibilities and a bright future. But her weakness is instability. In July this year, the women's encirclement was defeated in all four games, but in September the three-star cup selection team won consecutive wins for Lu Minquan and Wang Chenxing to advance to the tournament. At present, she is at a disadvantage against women's top-notch players including Cui Jing, Yu Zhiying, Wu Youzhen, etc. In the semi-finals of the Wu Qingyuan Cup, she will challenge Rui Naiwei and stage an interesting hedge between the old and the young. As for the old rivals and friends Yu Zhiying and Wang Chenxing, Xiaoyu's track record is 7 to 3 ahead, but the star has won the match nearly twice.
Finally, I would like to mention the 13-year-old Wu Yiming. In 2018, she played 12 games in the 7th China Women's Encirclement of the CITIC Real Estate Cup and won only 1 win. Of course, she has won 1/4 three times. The slightest gap between the son and the 3/4 son was lost to Rui Naiwei, Zhou Hongyu, and Yu Zhiying; in the women's encirclement in July this year, Wu Yiming won the first 4 rounds, including a quarter son victory over South Korean world champion Jin Chaeyoung. It proved that the encirclement armor played a good role in forging her.
A big victory does not mean that the Chinese women will take the lead. Just like last year's Hallyu could not pass through the raging spring, the dispute between China and South Korea is still stalemate. After Cui Jing and Yu Zhiying, post-00s Zhou Hongyu and Ueno Aisaki are stepping up to catch up. Not far away, post-05 Wu Yiming, Kim Eunchi, and Zhong Yihua have emerged, and the world women’s chess scene will be diverse and colorful in the future. Of confrontation. (Strong needle)