After a brief day’s respite, the 16 remaining players in the 18th LG Cup returned to battle on June 12, 2013.
Korea knocked out early
For the first time in the history of the LG Cup, there are no Koreans in the quarter final line-up.
Korean fans are left in shock and there will be a lot of soul searching in the coming weeks amongst players.
Japan on a roll
This is the first time Japanese players have made it through to the quarter finals of the LG Cup since 2008, when Kono Rin did so.
If Iyama or Takao manages to win the 18th LG Cup, it will be Japan’s first victory in this tournament since Cho U (who was born in Taiwan) won it in 2005.
China dominates the draw
There are six Chinese players still in the draw. The most notable is Li Zhe 6p, who is making an amazing comeback from his sabbatical, storming his way to the quarter final.
The two youngsters, Xia Chenkun and Li Qincheng, could turn out to be the dark horses in this competition, as China has some frighteningly strong children coming through the ranks.
Round of 16 results
Here are the full results from the round of 16:
- Chen Yaoye 9p (Chn) defeated Kono Rin 9p (Jpn)
- Takao Shinji 9p (Jpn) defeated Guo Yuzheng 3p (Chn)
- Li Qincheng 1p (Chn) defeated Mok Jinseok 9p (Kor)
- Li Zhe 6p (Chn) defeated Ahn Hyoungjun 4p (Kor)
- Tuo Jiaxi 3p (Chn) defeated Lee Sedol 9p (Kor)
- Zhou Ruiyang 9p (Chn) defeated Ahn Joyoung 9p (Kor)
- Iyama Yuta 9p (Jpn) defeated Lee Younggu 9p (Kor)
- Xia Chenkun 2p (Chn) defeated Kim Seongjin 2p (Kor)
Quarter final pairings
The pairings for the quarter finals are:
- Chen Yaoye 9p (Chn) vs Iyama Yuta 9p (Jpn)
- Takao Shinji 9p (Jpn) vs Tuo Jiaxi 3p (Chn)
- Li Zhe (Chn) 6p vs Xia Chenkun 2p (Chn)
- Zhou Ruiyang 9p (Chn) vs Li Chenqing 1p (Chn)
The next round
Unfortunately for Go fans, the quarter finals and semifinals won’t be played until November. If you can’t wait until then, never fear because next week has two amazing matches in store.
Iyama Yuta and Takao Shinji will be fighting it out on the domestic Japanese circuit, in the 4th game of the Honinbo (June 17 and 18). Takao currently leads 2-1.
Meanwhile, on the international scene, Chen Yaoye will be hoping to take the Chunlan Cup from Lee Sedol and win his first major international title, with game 1 also on June 17.
See the Pro Go Calendar for more details.
The LG Cup
The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 250 million Won (approx $220,000 USD at the time of writing).
The main draw of 32 players is part invitational, comprising of 5 Korean players, 5 Chinese players, 4 Japanese players, 1 Taiwanese player and including the previous year’s winner and runner up.
The rest of the main draw is determined through a preliminary tournament. The format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of 3 games.
The tournament is sponsored by LG Electronics, a multinational consumer electronics company whose headquarters are in South Korea.