Kong Jie

Intro Chinese Go player
A.K.A. Kong Jie
Is Go player
From China
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 November 1982, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Star sign Sagittarius

Kong Jie (Chinese: 孔杰; pinyin: Kǒng Jié; born 25 November 1982) is a Chinese professional Go player.

Biography

Kong Jie turned professional in 1994 at the age of 12. He was promoted to 7-dan after eight years in 2001. In 2004 he was sent into the Teda Cup as China's representative against Lee Chang-ho and Yoda Norimoto. Kong Jie is China's 29th professional 9-dan, doing so by being runner-up in the 13th Samsung Cup, and entering the finals of the Asian TV Cup for the first time. In 2009, Kong Jie achieved a major international breakthrough by winning the Asian TV Cup—defeating Korea's top three players of Lee Sedol, Lee Chang-ho and Kang Dongyun respectively. His win marked the end of several years of poor personal international results. Later in the year, Kong Jie followed up by reaching the semi-finals of the 14th Samsung Cup and won the title by defeating his two compatriots Gu Li and Qiu Jun. In 2010, Kong Jie passed the preliminary rounds of the 14th LG Cup to face former champion Lee Chang-ho in the finals. Kong won the match 2–0 and also the tournament. Later in the year, Kong Jie successfully defended his Asian TV Cup, defeating Korea's Lee Chang-ho and Japan's Yuki Satoshi. He followed that with another big win over a red hot Lee Sedol, to win the 23rd Fujitsu Cup. He arguably cemented his status as the 2010 world's strongest Go player. In 2011, Kong overcame compatriot Meng Tailing to again reach the LG Cup Final, but was unable to defend his title against another compatriot, Piao Wenyao, thus allowing the latter to win his first world title and be promoted to 9-dan professional on the merit of winning a world championship. This was the last international final Kong played in. Within the next few years, with the rise of new 1990s generation professionals and the increased competition at the international level, only Gu Li and Lee Sedol would continue to have high tournament placings in big international tournaments. During the 15th Samsung Cup, Kong defeated a soon to be wedded Lee Chang-Ho before succumbing to Kim Ji-Seok in the quarterfinals. The match, with Kong playing Black, turned out to be a crucial "fight to the death" of both sides' dragons, but Kong miscalculated a combination by Kim on move 150, and on move 202, resigned, thus failing to defend his crown.

Style

Kong Jie is considered to be an expert at life and death problems. In China he is known as the King of Tsumego (King Kong).

Promotion record

Rank Year Notes
1 dan 1994 Promoted to professional dan rank for performance in the Chinese professional qualification tournament.
2 dan 1995 Promoted for performance in the Chinese professional promotion tournament.
3 dan 1996 Promoted for performance in the Chinese professional promotion tournament.
4 dan 1997 Promoted for performance in the Chinese professional promotion tournament.
5 dan 1999 Promoted for performance in the Chinese professional promotion tournament.
6 dan 2001 Promoted for performance in the Chinese professional promotion tournament.
7 dan 2002 Promoted for performance in the Chinese professional promotion tournament.
8 dan 2009 Skipped due to the Chinese Weiqi Association promotion rules.
9 dan 2009 Reached the final of the 13th Samsung Cup and 21st Asian TV Cup.

Career record

As of 10 June 2018

Year Won Lost Win %
1995 1 0 100%
1996 1 2 33.3%
1997 6 7 46.2%
1998 7 11 38.9%
1999 8 9 47.1%
2000 20 23 46.5%
2001 44 19 69.8%
2002 44 24 64.7%
2003 45 15 75.0%
2004 44 17 72.1%
2005 40 25 61.5%
2006 54 28 65.9%
2007 50 22 69.4%
2008 45 29 60.8%
2009 50 27 64.9%
2010 50 24 67.6%
2011 40 34 54.1%
2012 43 37 53.8%
2013 32 31 50.8%
2014 21 17 55.3%
2015 4 3 57.1%
2016 1 1 50.0%
Total 650 405 61.6%

Titles and runners-up

As of 1 January 2019 Ranks #7 in total number of titles in China and tied for #6 in total international titles.

Domestic
Title Wins Runners-up
National Sports Mass Meeting 1 (2000) 1 (2010)
National Go Individual 2 (2001, 2003)
Xinren Wang 1 (2003)
Ahan Tongshan Cup 2 (2003, 2007)
Ricoh Cup 2 (2003, 2010) 1 (2002)
Changqi Cup 2 (2004, 2006) 1 (2005)
Qiwang 2 (2004, 2009) 1 (2001)
Longxing 1 (2008)
NEC Cup 2 (2008-2009)
CCTV Cup 1 (2009)
Total 11 9
Continental
Title Wins Runners-up
China-Korea New Pro Wang 1 (2003)
Total 1 0
International
Title Wins Runners-up
Samsung Cup 1 (2009) 1 (2008)
LG Cup 1 (2010) 1 (2011)
Fujitsu Cup 1 (2010)
Asian TV Cup 3 (2009–2011) 1 (2012)
Total 6 3
Career Total
Total 18 12

Head-to-head record vs selected players

As of 10 June 2018 Gu Li 18:26 Hu Yaoyu 24:13 Liu Xing 13:13 Chang Hao 11:15 Qiu Jun 21:4 Lee Sedol 7:18 Zhou Ruiyang 12:11 Wang Xi 13:9 Li Zhe 12:9 Zhou Heyang 12:9 Peng Quan 12:8 Xie He 10:9 Jiang Weijie 9:9 Wang Lei 10:7 Lee Changho 8:8 Ding Wei 10:5 Niu Yutian 10:5 Wang Yao 8:7 Yu Bin 8:7 Piao Wenyao 6:9 Liu Shizhen 4:10 Wang Yuhui 10:3 Chen Yaoye 6:6 Choi Cheolhan 5:7

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