Despite being rated only 5P, Zhou was one of China’s strongest pros and has played on the Chinese team in the last two Nongshim Cups. However, an international title had eluded him in his ten-year career as a pro, until now.
Chen is another player who is long overdue for an international title after dominant performances in Chinese domestic tournaments like the Chinese Tengen and Chanqi Cup.
His next chance will be against Lee Seedol in the Chunlan Cup final this coming July.
The Bailing Cup is an international go tournament sponsored by the Guizhou Bailing Pharmaceutical Group; it started in 2012 and the winner receives about $300,000 USD. The format is a straight knock-out of 64 players with a best-of-five game final.