CULTURE Ke Jie becomes youngest chess player to win six world championships

CULTURE

Ke Jie becomes youngest chess player to win six world championships

By Jiang Yuge | People's Daily app

14:32, December 06, 2018

The 23rd Samsung Cup World Open Baduk Championship ended in South Korea on Wednesday with top Chinese Go chess player Ke Jie beating South Korean eight-dan Go chess player Ahn Kuk-hyun.

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Ke Jie (Photo: thepaper.cn)

It was the third time that Ke Jie won the gold at the Samsung Cup since 2015. He was crowned as "the youngest chess player to win six world championships".

Ke Jie competed in Go chess ten years ago and has become first in the world for more than three years.

At the end of 2017, the twenty-year old Ke had won five world championships. He broke the record of Lee Chang-ho, the legendry Korean Go chess player, who got the honor at the age of 21.

Ke Jie has extended his dominance, but four others have won more championships than him.

Go chess is a board game that dates back 2,500 years in China, with its majority of players coming from East Asia. The game involves two players who take turns placing the black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a board. Stones that are surrounded by opposing stones would be taken away and the player who surrounds more territory wins the game. 

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