|Full name||Rui Naiwei|
|Chinese||Trad. 芮乃偉 Simp. 芮乃伟|
December 28, 1963 |
|Residence||Seoul, South Korea|
|Turned pro||1985 (full time)|
|Affiliation||Zhongguo Qiyuan (1985-19??)
American Go Association (19??-1999)
Hanguk Kiwon (1999-present)
Rui Naiwei (Traditional: 芮乃偉; Simplified: 芮乃伟; Pinyin: Ruì Nǎiwěi; born on December 28, 1963) is a Chinese professional Go player, now active in South Korea. She is probably the strongest recorded female Go player, and is the only woman to have won one of the major open go titles.
After starting to play around 1975 (at the age of 11—the age some other players go pro) she became a pro for the Zhongguo Qiyuan in 1985, being promoted all the way to 7-dan that year. She reached 9-dan in 1988, becoming the first woman ever to achieve that rank.
Leaving China in 1989, she moved to Japan. While the Nihon Ki-in did not allow her to play in any Japanese tournaments, she was able to make it to the semi-finals of the international Ing Cup in 1992. She spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, then they moved to Korea (with the help of Cho Hun-hyeon 9-dan), where she has dominated the women's events and has won two open events, always previously won by men: the Guksu (the 43rd open Guksu title in South Korea, 1999) and the Maxim Cup (2004).
Naiwei's style tends to be extremely aggressive, and often characterized by large scale semeai.
Titles & runners-up
Ranks #6-t in total number of titles in Korea.
|Women's Myungin||2000–2002, 2004–2007|
|Women's Guksu||2000–2002, 2006, 2007|
|National Women's Individual||1986–1989|
|Hungchang Cup||2000, 2001|
|Eastern Airlines Cup||2000|
|Bohae Cup||1994, 1996, 1997|
|LG Refined Oil Cup||2000|
|North American Masters Tournament||1996, 1999, 2000|