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Rui Naiwei
Hangul 루이나이웨이
Hanja 芮迺偉
Chinese Trad. 芮迺偉 Simp. 芮迺伟
Pinyin Ruì Nǎiwěi
Born (1963-12-28) December 28, 1963 (age 58)
Shanghai, China
Turned pro 1985 (full time)
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Zhongguo Qiyuan (1985–19??)
American Go Association (19??–1999)
Hanguk Kiwon (1999–2011)
Zhongguo Qiyuan (2011–present)
Rui Naiwei
Medal record
Representing  China
Asian Games
Silver 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 achieved this by winning the 1999 Guksu title (the oldest and one of the most prestigious Go competitions in Korea), on the way beating Lee Chang-Ho and Cho Hun-hyun, the two strongest players in the World at the time.


Rui was born in Shanghai, China. 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 Park Jieun 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.

She then moved to South Korea (with the help of Cho Hun-hyeon 9-dan). She participated actively in Korean tournaments. She dominated the women's events and 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).

She returned to China in 2011.

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

Her husband is Jiang Zhujiu, also a 9-dan professional.

Titles & runners-up

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
People's Republic of China National Women's Individual 1986–1989
International 7
South Korea People's Republic of China Japan Jeongganjang Cup 2003
South Korea People's Republic of China Japan Hungchang Cup 2000, 2001
South Korea People's Republic of China Japan Eastern Airlines Cup 2000
South Korea People's Republic of 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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