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Name
Pair Go World Championship 2017
Date / Venue

STARS TOURNAMENT 2017
August 12th (Sat), 13th (Sun), 2017
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel (26-1 Sakura-gaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

MASTERS MATCH
Scheduled to be held in October 2017

Players

Pair Go World Champion
China: Yu Zhiying 5 dan & Ke Jie 9 dan pair

STARS TOURNAMENT 2017

Japan: Hsieh Yi Min 6 dan & Iyama Yuta 9 dan Pair
Fujisawa Rina 3 dan & Hane Naoki 9 dan Pair

Korea: Choi Jeong 7 dan & Park Jeonghwan 9 dan Pair

Chinese Taipei: Missingham Joanne Jia-Jia 7 dan & Chen Shih Iuan 9 dan Pair

Tournament Details

A total of four pairs, two from Japan, one from Korea, and one from Chinese Taipei, will participate in the Stars Tournament. The winning pair will play the Pair of Yu Zhiying 5 dan and Ke Jie 9 dan of China, the Pair Go World Champions (winners of the Pair Go World Cup 2016 Tokyo), in the Masters Tournament, to be held in early October. A playoff for third place will also be held in the Stars Tournament.

STARS TOURNAMENT 2017
August 12th (Sat) : Round1-A, Round1-B
August 13th (Sun) : Final / Third-place Match

MASTERS MATCH
Scheduled to be held in early October: The winning Pair in the Stars Tournament will play the Pair Go World Champion pair.
Playing Rules
STARS TOURNAMENT 2017
Use the Japanese Rules of Go. All games are played on even, with Black giving a komi of 6.5 points. The time allowance is 30 seconds per move plus ten minutes of thinking time, to be used in one-minute units.
Prizes
First prize in the Stars Tournament: 10,000,000 yen.If the Stars Tournament winners also win the Masters Match, their combined prize will be 15,000,000 yen.If the Pair Go World Champions win, their prize will be 10,000,000 yen (including game fee).
Organizers
Japan Pair Go Association / World Pair Go Association /
Pair Go World Championship 2017 Executive Committee
Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan / Japan Sports Agency / Japan Tourism Agency / The Japan Foundation /
The Yomiuri Shimbun / The Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd / Nikkei Inc. / The Mainichi Newspapers /
The Asahi Shimbun Company / Kyodo News
Special Sponsors
Gurunavi, Inc. / THE TOKYU GROUP / Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation / SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
Sponsors
DeepMind / NIPPON EXPRESS CO., LTD. / PANDANET Inc. / TOPY ENTERPRISES, LIMITED / ANA /
YAMAZAKI BAKING CO.,LTD. / Seven CS Card Service CO., LTD. / KUROKIGOISHITEN Co.,Ltd /
DAIKO DENSHI TSUSHIN,LTD. / FUJIFILM Imaging Systems Co., Ltd. / NKB Inc. / NKB Y's INC. /
Japan Traffic Culture Association
Special Cooperation
TOKYU CORPORATION
Cooperation
Nihon Ki-in / Kansai Ki-in / China Qiyuan / Korea Baduk Association / International Go Federation /
ChineseTaipei Professional Go Association / Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
Administration
NKB Inc.

Officials

Tournament Chairman
Matsuda Masatake
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan Pair Go Association /
Senior Advisor, East Japan Railway Company
Chairman
(responsible for Japan)
Kamijo Kiyofumi  
Director, Japan Pair Go Association / Exective Advisor, Tokyu Corporation
Chairman
(responsible for overseas)
Matsuura Koichiro
President, World Pair Go Association / Director, Japan Pair Go Association /
8th Director-General of UNESCO
Executive Committee
(Directors for Japan)

Taki Hisao
Advisor and Councilor, Japan Pair Go Association /
Founder, Chairman and Representative Director, CEO, Gurunavi, Inc. /
Founder and Chairman, NKB Inc.

Watanabe Isao
Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer, Tokyu Corporation

Joya Shunichiro
Executive Officer, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Kubo Seiichiro
Councilor, Japan Pair Go Association / President, Representative Director, Gurunavi, Inc.

Executive Committee
(Directors for Overseas Division)

Taki Hiroko
Managing Director, Japan Pair Go Association /
Vice President, World Pair Go Association /
Director, International Go Federation / President & CEO, Pandanet Inc.

Hua Xueming
General Manager of the National Team, China Qiyuan /
7 dan, Chinese Weiqi Association

Yoo Changhyuk
Director, World Pair Go Association / Secretary General, Korea Baduk Association /
Vice President, International Go Federation / 9 dan, Korea Baduk Association

Martin Stiassny
Director, World Pair Go Association / President, European Go Federation /
Director, International Go Federation

Thomas Hsiang
Director, World Pair Go Association / Vice President, American Go Association /
Vice President, International Go Federation /
Secretary General, International Mind Sports Association

Eduardo López Herrero
Director, World Pair Go Association / Advisor, Ibero-American Go Federation /
Vice President, International Go Federation

Advisors

Gotoda Masazumi
House of Representatives member

Hashimoto Seiko
Chairperson, General Assembly of Party Members of the House of Councillors

Shimizu Yoshihiko
President & CEO, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

Honorary Chief Referee

Nie Weiping
Vice President, Chinese Weiqi Association / 9 dan, Chinese Weiqi Association

Chief Referee

Otake Hideo
Honorary Gosei / Advisor, Nihon Ki-in

Deputy Chief Referees

Ogawa Tomoko
6 dan, Nihon Ki-in / Councilor, Japan Pair Go Association

Yoshida Mika
8 dan, Kansai Ki-in

Referees

Kim Soo Joon
8 dan, Nihon Ki-in

Ko Reibun
7 dan, Nihon Ki-in

Lin Han Chieh
7 dan, Nihon Ki-in

Professional Commentators

Cho Chi Hun
Honorary Meijin, 25th Honinbo Chikun

Ishida Yoshio
24th Honinbo Shuho / Councilor, Japan Pair Go Association

Tournament Advisor
Koyama Kundo
Broadcast writer / Playwright

Organizers

Japan Pair Go Association / World Pair Go Association / Pair Go World Championship 2017 Executive Committee