Rui Naiwei

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Rui Naiwei
ChineseTrad. 芮迺偉 Simp. 芮迺伟
PinyinRuì Nǎiwěi
Born (1963-12-28) December 28, 1963 (age 57)
Shanghai, China
ResidenceSeoul, South Korea
Turned pro1985 (full time)
Rank9 dan
AffiliationZhongguo Qiyuan (1985-19??)
American Go Association (19??-1999)
Hanguk Kiwon (1999-present)
Rui Naiwei
Medal record
Representing  China
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou Women's Team

Rui Naiwei (simplified Chinese: 芮迺伟; traditional Chinese: 芮迺偉; pinyin: Ruì Nǎiwěi; born December 28, 1963) is a Chinese professional Go player, once 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.


She was born in Shanghai, China, and lives in Seoul, South Korea, with her husband, Jiang Zhujiu, also a 9-dan professional. She and Jiang participate actively in Korean tournaments.

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. After that, Chinese Feng Yun and Korean Pak Chi-eun became the second and third female go players to reach 9 dan, following Rui Naiwei.

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 South 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).

Rui's style tends to be extremely aggressive, and often characterized by large scale semeai.

Titles & runners-up[edit]

Ranks #6-t in total number of titles in Korea.

Title Years Held
Current 17
South Korea Guksu 1999
South Korea Maxim Cup 2004
South Korea Women's Myungin 2000–2002, 2004–2007
South Korea Women's Guksu 2000–2002, 2006, 2007
South Korea Women's Kisung 2006
China National Women's Individual 1986–1989
International 7
South Korea China Japan Jeongganjang Cup 2003
South Korea China Japan Hungchang Cup 2000, 2001
South Korea China Japan Eastern Airlines Cup 2000
South Korea China Japan Bohae Cup 1994, 1996, 1997
Title Years Lost
Current 4
South Korea Guksu 2000
South Korea Maxim Cup 2003
South Korea Women's Guksu 2003
South Korea Women's Myungin 2003
Defunct 4
South Korea LG Refined Oil Cup 2000
United States North American Masters Tournament 1996, 1999, 2000

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