On May 9, 2012 Baek defeated China’s Hu Yaoyu 8p to reach the final of the 4th BC Card Cup.
It’s goes without saying that this delighted Korean Go fans, who’ve been following him since the quarter finals.
A turning point for both players
This final marks a crucial point in both players’ careers.
Whoever wins the best of 5 matches played over the next week will break through with their first international title.
Dang has yet to win even a domestic title in China, while Baek’s best result to date is runner up at last year’s Asian TV Cup.
As I mentioned above, Park was knocked out when he met Dang in that round.
Since the BC Card Cup uses a knockout format, a certain amount of attrition was unavoidable between Chinese players, but Baek has done very well to progress to the final.
A dangerous youngster
Dang is only 17 years old, so winning the final would put him in the record books amongst the best players of the modern age.
He still lacks experience, but his semifinal game against Piao Wenyao shows the dangerous accuracy of his reading.
This pairing will make for a very interesting final and the sponsors will be happy with a China vs Korea showdown.
Watch the finals
You can watch the 4th BC Card Cup live at Go Game Guru on Baduk TV.
The official coverage for game 1 starts at:
- 12:30pm Korean Standard Time, Saturday May 12
- 5:30am Central European Summer Time, Saturday May 12
- 3:30am Greenwich Mean Time, Saturday May 12 (adjust for European Summer Time)
- 11:30pm US Eastern Daylight Saving Time, Friday May 11, 2012.
Who do you think will win?
Will Korea’s Baek Hongseok be the first to cross the finish line or will China’s dark horse, Dang Yifei, overtake him on the last mile? Share your thoughts by commenting below.
About the BC Card Cup
The BC Card Cup is an international Go tournament sponsored by BC Card, Korea’s largest credit card company. The inaugural tournament was held in 2009.
The format is a single knockout of 64 players: 3 from Korea, 2 from China, 2 from Japan, 1 from Taiwan, 2 wild cards (chosen by the Korean Baduk Association) and 54 players who qualify through the preliminary rounds.