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Gu Li

Gu Li
Full name Gu Li
Chinese 古力
Pinyin Gǔ Lì
Born February 3, 1983
Chongqing, China
Teacher Nie Weiping
Turned pro 1994
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Zhongguo Qiyuan

Gu Li (Chinese: 古力; Pinyin: Gǔ Lì; born February 3, 1983) is a Chinese professional Go player.

Biography

Gu Li is a Chinese go player. He became a pro in 1994 when he was only 12. In 2006, he won the 10th LG Cup and became the youngest Chinese player to ever win a major international title; as a result, he was also promoted to 9 dan. In March 2007, he defeated Chang Hao 2-0 to win the Chunlan Cup. In mid-2007, Gu Li experienced a playing slump, even losing many matches against lower dan players. However, he soon came back stronger than ever, winning many major titles both domestic and international, including the 2007 Chang-ki Cup and the 2008 Fujitsu Cup; the greatest factors in this turnaround was his improvement in the endgame, and territory skills, which many people had previously considered his biggest weaknesses. In 2009 Gu defeated Lee Sedol to win the 13th LG Cup.

In July 2010, Gu Li became the "Meijin of Meijins" by defeating Lee Chang-ho and Iyama Yuta in a special tournament which pitted the domestic title-holders from China, Korea and Japan against each other.

In October 2010, Gu Li defeated Han Sang-hoon and Lee Sedol in the Round of Sixteen and Quarter-finals respectively to reach the semi-finals of the 15th Samsung Cup, whilst the defending Champion Kong Jie was knocked out by Kim Ji-seok. Gu won the 2010 Samsung Cup, defeating Heo Yeong-ho of Korea, and moves on towards the 2012 Ing Cup to become the second player to win all Major International Titles (Although Lee Chang-ho is the first and so far only person to win all titles, including the defunct World Oza and Zhonghuan Cup, as well as the Tong Yang Cup).

In 2014, Gu Li played a jubango against Lee Sedol. The games took place on each last Sunday of the month.

Style

His given name Li, literally meaning strength, is also a Go term roughly meaning the ability of reading. Li also encompasses the meaning of the ability to discover strong moves and the ability to fight. Gu has a nickname "Gu Da Li". Da literally means large, big or huge. This refers to Gu's incredible ability at playing really strong moves that require sharp instinct as well as immaculate reading.

Titles & runners-up

Tied at second place in the List of top title holders in Go.

Title Wins and Runners-up
Title Years held Wins Years lost Runners-up
Domestic - Current - 29 - 10
Mingren 2004-2009 6 2010 1
Tianyuan 2003-2008 6 2009-2010 2
Chang-ki Cup 2007 2011 2 2006 1
Ahan Tongshan Cup 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012 4 - -
Liguang Cup 2002 1 2008 1
CCTV Cup 2004 1 2005 1
Quzhou-Lanke Cup 2008 1 2006 1
Xinren Wang 2001, 2005 2 2004 1
Xinan Wang 2003 1 2004, 2009 1
National Sports Mass Meeting 2002 1 - -
Domestic - Defunct - 1 - 0
NEC Cup (China) 2004, 2006, 2008-2009 4 2005 1
Bawang 2002 1 - -
Continental - 8 - 3
China-Korea Tengen 2003-2005 3 2006-2008 3
China-Korea New Pro Wang 2001, 2005 2 - -
China-Japan Agon Cup 2004, 2006, 2009 3 - -
International - 7 - 2
LG Cup 2006, 2009 2 - -
Chunlan Cup 2007 1 - -
Fujitsu Cup 2008 1 - -
World Oza 2008 1 - -
BC Card Cup 2009 1 2011 1
Samsung Cup 2010 1 2011 1
TOTAL - 43 - 14
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