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[ The Final ] March 4, 2018
Winner: Kato Keiko 6dan & Iyama Yuta 7 crown

Round 1 - Final
All Results are here.

February 10 (Sat.), Round 1 - Semifinals All Results, click here
To see participating players and pairings, click here.

Tournament Outline

  • Organizers: Japan Pair Go Association
  • Special Cooperation: Nihon Ki-in
  • Cooperated: Kansai Ki-in / Go Weekly
  • With a support of: Yomiuri Shimbun

Tournament Outline

16 pairs of male and female professional Go players who represent the Japanese Go world will play tournament games, and in the 4th round, the winning pair will be decided. Games from the 1st round to the semifinal round will be played at the Nihon Ki-in on February 10, and the final game will be played at the Nihon Ki-in on March 4.


The winning pair will be awarded the title of "Professional Pair Go Champions," a trophy, and prize money.


This is a four-round knockout tournament, with pairings in the first round made by drawing lots. 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.


DateFebruary 10 (Sat.) 2018March 4 (Sun.) 2018
RoundRound 1 / Round 2 / SemifilnalsFinal
Selection number16 pairs / 32 players
8 pairs / 16 players
4 pairs / 8 players
2 pairs / 4 players
Time schedule
(Japan Time)
9:45 - Opening ceremony
10:00 - Round 1 & Lunch
13:30 - Round 2
16:00 - Semifinals
18:30 - Closing ceremony
13:00 - Opening ceremony
13:30 - Final
15:45 - Closing ceremony
VenueNihon Ki-in (Tokyo)

* Time is subject to change depending on circumstances.