15th Korea Prime Minister's Cup

The 15th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup 2020


A big congratulation to the Korean Baduk Association for devising a way, in this Covid plagued world, of playing the 15th Korea Prime Minister’s Cup!

The tournament will be played online, with the first games scheduled for August 3.  Details are here http://kpmc.kbaduk.or.kr/eng/intro/cong.asp  though it looks like some of the information has not been updated since the change to an online format!

Chahine Koleejan is NZ's representative at the 15th KPMC


There are 61 players participating.  New Zealand’s representative will be Chahine Koleejan (5D) a 27-year old data scientist currently living in Japan.  He was NZ Go Champion in 2014 and 2015 (jointly) and finished 18th at the 2016 World Amateur Go Championship. 

The KPMC website in their Intro/Summary is calling this a 6 round Swiss tournament but we have to assume this has not been updated since the change to an online tournament.  

Groups C and D in the Americas (+Oceania!) pool of the qualifying rounds.


In their Schedule there are 3 qualifying rounds (double elimination).  In these first rounds players play in pools of 4 against players of their own region.  One country in each pool is seeded into the pool based on their country’s results from the previous KPMC tournaments and the other players from the region are randomly drawn into the pools.  NZ and Australia have been grouped with the Americas. There are 4 pools of 4 players in this group and both NZ (D Group) and Australia (C Group) are top seeds in their pool. 

A double elimination is a little different from a typical round robin within your pool, where all players play each other (like the world cup football tournament).

How double elimination works in the qualifying rounds


NZ will play either Equador, Chile or Uraguay in the first round.   If Chahine wins he will play the winner of the other game in his pool.  If he also wins that game he progresses to the main tournament.  If he loses then he gets another change to qualify by playing the winner of the game between the first round losers in his pool .  This is an interesting format that avoids tied results that can occur in round robins.

The knockout rounds of the tournament - half of each round is played per day


These qualifying rounds will be followed by what looks like a knockout tournament for the last 32 players with the top 8 nations surviving from the qualifying rounds seeded.

Chahine will have his first qualifying game on 4 August at 8pm (GMT-4), (12 noon on 5 August NZST).


Games will be played on Tygem so if you want to see the games live get yourself an account http://www.tygemgo.com/   Chahine’s username on Tygem is “Chahine” so you’ll be able to see which game he is playing.


The login page of the Tygem server showing the championship room selected


It looks like there will be a Championship room on the Tygem login page so you will need to select that room to see the games being played.


The Newsletter Archive 1985-89

NZ Go Society Newsletters 1985-1989


Newsletters for the period 1985-1989 have been added to the NZ newsletter archive.  To see these select News/Newsletter Archive and use the arrow keys to scroll through the archived newsletters.

The five years of NZ go reported in these newsletters shows NZ Go in a very healthy state with annual tournaments in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin regularly attracting 10-15 players. 

The NZ championships were moving between different centres each year with a record attendance of 31 at the Christchurch NZ Champs in 1985, a field boosted by 4 players from Australia.

The Australians were in NZ to participate in the 3rd trans-Tasman match, won by NZ 10-6 in Hanmer.  That was followed up in 1987 by an even bigger 13-3 win in Canberra.

New Zealand players were also beginning to knock over 5-6 dan players overseas which given our limited opportunity for face to face games with strong opponents was encouraging.   Our WAGC results were solid if not spectacular with two 16th places and two in the mid-20’s.  One placing remains unreported to this day but given that the NZ representative was distracted by the wooing of his future wife, that is understandable!





Professional help in the development of NZ Go continued.


Mr T Aoki, Japanese consul in Wellington helped organize a Japanese professional Kawamura 7 dan for the 1985 go congress. 


Wu Song Shen (9d) held Go workshops in Wellington in 1987 and 1988, organized by the society which helped to develop a great group of 5-10 players in the 3-5 dan range all eager to improve.


In 1987 the WAGC points system was introduced as a way of making the opportunity to attend the WAGC more widely available.






In 1987, the need for a NZ based rating system was promoted to help recognize ranks of players as they improved.  The practice of awarding dan certificates to NZ players had lapsed several years earlier.  A discussion document appeared in the February 1989 issue, suggesting some difficulty gaining consensus on how to do this.  A rating list was published in the July 1989 issue with the ranks of over 50 people calculated.

On his return from the 10th WAGC Ray Tomes was accompanied by a very fine goban which he presented as the prize in a new competition called the Go Kichi.  This was competed for by challenge, with the winner retaining the goban until defeated by a challenger in a 5-game match with the holder hosting the challenger.  This competition was very popular and provided some wonderfully fierce 5 game matches.  It appears not to have been competed for in recent years though could be revived if we can discover where the board now resides!