Each year, the Go Congress gives an opportunity to see how America’s best amateur players compare to its professionals. This year’s short answer is: the pros are better. Kim Myung Wan won the US Open and Feng Yun won the Ing Masters. The 4-1 band of the Ing Masters had 2 pros and 3 amateurs, while the 5 win band of the US Open had one pro and one amateur.
Lastly, there are new ratings after the congress
- Feng Yun 9.79 (Chinese 9p)
- Kim Myung Wan 9.59 (Korean 8p)†
- Jiang Ming Jiu 9.57 (Chinese 7p)
- Jie Lie 9.54 (American Amateur)
- Bi Jang 9.28 (Former Korean Insei–Amateur who had been training to become pro)
- Yin Kuo 9.25 (Chinese 3p?)
- Yang Yilun 9.25 (Chinese 7p)
- Song Hong Suk 9.20 (Amateur–Korean Insei, or “Yeongusaeng” as they’re called in Korea)
- Andy Liu 8.90 (American Amateur)
- Yang Huiren 8.87 (Chinese 1p)
Of the professionals, I believe only Kim Myung Wan and Yin Kuo have recently been active in a professional association. Unfortunately, I do not know if Kim Myung Wan has played any rated games other than the 6 US Open games he won since coming to this country, so his rating may well not be accurate.