The round of 16 of the 2013 Samsung Cup was played on October 8, 2013.
Four players from China and four from Korea progressed through to the quarter finals, which was regarded as a successful result for Korean players.
Going into the round of 16, 11 players were from China, and 5 players were from Korea, but the quarter finals will be evenly balanced at 4 vs 4.
As a result, it’s very likely that the sponsor, Samsung, will arrange four China vs Korea matches for the quarter finals.
Lee Sedol and Chen Yaoye rematch
Lee and Chen played together recently in the final of 9th Chunlan Cup, as well as in the group stage of this tournament. Chen won both those games, so this was a revenge match for Lee.
The opening of the game was good for Lee, and he maintained his lead until the middle game. However, Chen caught up and reversed the game in the top right, at move 134.
After that, Lee started a ko at the bottom, and was eventually able to catch up again. In the end, Lee won by just half a point.
A good opportunity for Korean players
The results from the round of 16 are highly satisfactory for Korean Baduk fans, because the top three Korean players all survived, but Shi Yue is the only Chinese representative who ranks within top 10 in China (Shi is currently ranked #3).
So far in 2013, there have been five major international tournaments and Chinese players won them all.
Korean players have won at least one international tournament for the last 18 years, and the Samsung Cup is their last chance to maintain this record.
Quarter finals draw
The draw for the quarter finals is as follows:
- Kim Jiseok 9p vs Tang Weixing 3p
- Lee Sedol 9p vs Qiu Jun 9p
- Ahn Seongjun 5p vs Wu Guangya 6p
- Park Junghwan 9p vs Shi Yue 9p
UPDATE: Quarter final results and semifinal draw
Korea’s relief turned out to be short lived, as Lee Sedol was the only Korean player to progress through the quarter finals and is now the sole hope of Korean Baduk fans in this tournament.
From China, Shi Yue, Wu Guangya and Tang Weixing all proceeded to the semifinals.
The semifinals will be played on November 4, 6 and 7, at the Samsung training institute in Daejeon, Korea.
The draw is as follows:
- Lee Sedol 9p vs Wu Guangya 6p
- Shi Yue 9p vs Tang Weixing 3p
The Samsung Cup
The Samsung Cup first started in 1996 and uses a rather convoluted draw. Though, arguably, it is fairer than a straight knockout format.
The 32 players in the main draw are split into 8 groups of 4. Players must win two games in order to proceed from the first stage; two players from each group will advance to the knockout stage.
In some ways it’s similar to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, except that only two wins are necessary to continue.
The round of 16 and the quarter finals are played as a straight knockout.
The semifinals and the final are played as a best of three matches.
The time limit for games is 2 hours and 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi.
Samsung is a well known Korean conglomerate.