Li Jie (Go player)

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Li Jie
Chinese 李捷
Pinyin Lǐ Jié
Born (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 36)
China Nanjing, China
Residence United States Virginia, United States
Rank 9 dan (A)
Affiliation AGA

Jie Li (李捷, born May 31, 1981) is a strong amateur Go player. He is one of the strongest go players in the United States, playing at an equal level with many of the Asian professionals that have since moved to America.


Go is very hard. The more I learn about it, the less I know.

— Jie

Jie was born in Nanjing, China. He started to play Go at the age of 10, and increased up to 1 dan strength just a year later. He became famous in 2001 at the North American Toyota-Denso Oza, in which he beat four professional Go players: Zhujiu Jiang 9P, Jimmy Cha, Mingjiu Jiang 7P, and Huiren Yang 1P. As a child, Jie won the Nanjing City Go tournament when he was 12, and came in fifth place at the China Youth Championship when he was 10. He moved to the U.S. in 1998, and won the US Open a year later at the age of 17. He has said he hopes to gain US citizenship in 2008 so he could become the first American player to win the World Amateur Go Championship. Currently, Jie is the highest ranked player at the American Go Association, with the rank of 7 dan amateur, which is loosely equivalent to a mid-level professional in major go-playing countries.

On November 28, 2004, Jie Li defeated Suzuki Ayumi 3p in the 5th Tokyo Seimitsu Cup finals, breaking the U.S. losing streak. Suzuki, the then current titleholder of "Strongest Woman" in Japan, was forced to resign in the game with Jie Li, who took black. After the game, a Japanese pro commented that black was "very strong".

In the 2005 U.S. Go Congress, Korean player Kim MyungWan 7p, challenged Jie Li in a friendship match. Jie won the match, played receiving a handicap advantage of no komi.

In early 2006, Jie Li took second place in the World Student Oza in Japan, a feat unheard of in Western countries.

During the 2006 go congress, Jie Li had a series of very disappointing performances. He participated in both the US Open and the Ing. He lost to Zhaonian (Michael) Chen in the Ing while losing to Zhi Yuan (Andy) Liu, Burzo Gheorghe Cornel, and Mingjiu Jiang in the open. He lost more games in the congress than the number of games he has lost in the past five years. His fans were worrying about his current form.

He started to pick up his form later on in 2006. He won the 2006 North American Masters Tournament, defeating Yilun Yang 7p, Mingjiu Jiang 7p, Xuefun Lin 1p, Huiren Yang 1p, Zhaonian (Michael) Chen (North America Ing Cup Titleholder-2006) in League stage and defeating Feng Yun 9P in the Final, 2 games to 1.

Past titles and runners-up[edit]

Title Years Held
United States North American Toyota-Denso Oza 2001, 2002, 2008
United States US Open (Go) 1998, 2002–2004
United States North American Amateur Ing Cup 2002, 2004, 2005
United States Texas Open 1999–2005
United States Cotsen Open 2004
United States North America Go Master Tournament 2005–2006
United States Tokyo Semitsu 2004
China Nanjing City Cup 1994
Title Runner-Up
Japan South Korea China Taiwan Europe United States World Student Oza 2005

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