At the Kido Cup 2018 professional Go and Baduk players will be present again. They will be available for simultaneous games and game comments throughout the tournament.

For the 2018 tournament we are expecting – in addition to the Hamburg-based professional players Yoon Young Sun 8p – two real special guests:

Lee Changho 9p and Choi Jeong 9p

As special events this year, there will be a “Meet the Pros” on Sunday from 1 p. m. to 4 p. m. for all young players and a “Masterclass” from 8 p. m. for all top players.

Lee Changho 9p was born on July 29th, 1975. He learned Go at the age of six years from his grandfather and at the age of 8 years he got lessons from Cheon Yeong-seon 6p. In 1984 he won a national youth championship, took 3rd place at the World Youth Championship and became a pupil of the legendary Cho Hun-hyeon 9p. In the following year he became Insei and in 1986 he was made a 1-Dan pro.

In the late 1980s, he began to win all the Korean titles that his teacher Cho had dominated for a long time. In 1992 he won his first international title (3rd Tong Yang Securities Cup). Since 2009 he has held a record of major international titles and with his win over Hane Naoki at the Chunlan Cup in 2003, Lee Changho has won every major international go tournament at least once. The Korean press speaks of a “Grand Slam” in Go. On October 28,2010 Lee married the amateur go player Lee Doyoon.

Choi Jeong 9p was born on October 7th, 1996. Since May 2017, she has been the top-ranked women player in the ELO professional ranking. As a student of Yoo Changhyuk 9p Choi became a professional in 2010 and won the women’s Myungin from 2012 to 2016.

Yoon Youngsun 8p  was born on November 22nd, 1977, reached the 1st Profi-Dan in 1992, the 5th Profi-Dan in 2006 and was promoted to the 8th Profi-Dan in 2010 and won the Women’s Kuksu 1994-1996 and 1998 as well as the Haojue Women’s World Championship in 2002. Yoon Young Sun lives and works in Hamburg, teaches at numerous events and tournaments and is the author of numerous books.