Kong Jie

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Kong Jie
Full name Kong Jie
Chinese 孔杰
Pinyin Kǒng Jié
Born (1982-11-25) November 25, 1982 (age 34)
Beijing,[1] China
Residence China
Turned pro 1994
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Zhongguo Qiyuan
Kong Jie
Medal record
Representing  China
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou Men's Team

Kong Jie (born November 25, 1982) is a Chinese professional Go player.


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.[2][3] 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.[citation needed] 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 for 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.[4]


Kong Jie is considered to be an expert at life and death problems.[5] In China he is known as the King of Tsumego (King Kong).[citation needed]

Promotion record[edit]

Rank Year Notes
1 dan 1994
2 dan
3 dan
4 dan
5 dan 1999
6 dan 2001
7 dan 2002
8 dan
9 dan 2009 Promoted from 7 dan to 9 dan for reaching two international finals.

Career record[edit]

  • 2006: 52 wins, 26 losses.[6]
  • 2007: 45 wins, 22 losses.[7]
  • 2008: 43 wins, 25 losses.[8]
  • 2009: 47 wins, 20 losses.[9]
  • 2010: 45 wins, 23 losses.[10]

Titles and runners-up[edit]

Ranks No. 5 in total number of titles in China and #7-t in international titles.

Title Wins Runners-up
Chang-ki Cup 2 (2004, 2006) 1 (2005)
Ahan Tongshan Cup 2 (2003, 2007)
RICOH Cup 2 (2003, 2010) 1 (2002)
Qiwang 2 (2004, 2009) 1 (2001)
CCTV Cup 1 (2009)
Xinren Wang 1 (2003)
NEC Cup 2 (2008, 2009)
National Go Individual 2 (2001, 2003)
National Sports Mass Meeting 1 (2000)
Total 11 7
Asian TV Cup 3 (2009–2011)
China-Korea New Pro Wang 1 (2003)
Total 4 0
LG Cup 1 (2010) 1 (2011)
Samsung Cup 1 (2009) 1 (2008)
Fujitsu Cup 1 (2010)
Total 3 2
Career total
Total 18 9[11]


  1. ^ http://baike.baidu.com/subview/609964/6434013.htm?toSubview=1&fromId=609964&from=rdtself
  2. ^ Kong Jie wins the LG cup
  3. ^ "楽天が運営するポータルサイト : 【インフォシーク】Infoseek". Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Kong Jie: 23rd Fujitsu Cup Champion
  5. ^ "A new dimension in tsumego". Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "China win-loss 2006". igokisen.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "China win-loss 2007". igokisen.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "China win-loss 2008". igokisen.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "China win-loss 2009". igokisen.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "China win-loss 2010". igokisen.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kong Jie 9p". gogameworld.com. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 

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