In order to enlarge Chinese traditional culture of go chess and promote development of the cause of Chinese go chess, Ricoh Corporation, Ricoh China Co., Ltd. and Beijing Jin Hua Ming Office Equipment Co., Ltd. have been holding the “Ricoh Cup of Go Chess” every year since 2000 together with the China Academy of Chess. The forth competition of go chess has inaugurated in Beijing on December 9th, 2003.
Featuring in gathering well-known people and providing opportunity for more players, the competition has invited the players ranking the first 28 on the list of Chinese professional chess players including Gu Li, Kong Jie, Zhou Heyang, Chang Hao, Nie Weiping, Zhang Xuan etc. and lady and young players including the 14 winners of national competition of go chess for new players (competition of youngsters) and the two young payers who participated in competition of world cup. Ye Gui and Cao Cheng, champion and the second prize winner of the National Championship of Go Chess (female single) have been also invited in the competition.
By sponsoring the competition, Ricoh has actively built up an excellent corporate image. Just like the game of go which is a challenge of wisdom and courage, Ricoh’s sponsorship of such competitions reflects its determination of fighting for being the first in the circle in the fierce market competition by its advanced technology and service concept.
The first and second round of the competition have already been held in Beijing on December 8th and 9th in 2003. The finals will be held on March 14th, 2004. We believe this competition gathering 48 high level players will be marvelous than ever!