When we last checked on this tournament’s progress China was dominating the draw, claiming 13 spots in the round of 16.
Round of 16
The round of 16 matches were played from April 12-15.
Quarter final results
In the next round, Dang, one of China’s more surprising players in this year’s tournament, defeated Park by capturing a large dragon.
Dang is just 17 years old and is one of several young Chinese players to watch.
Baek Hongseok: Lone rider for Korea
Luckily for Korean fans, Baek defeated Zhou to keep hopes alive for a local winner.
Baek commented after his win, “so now I’m left all alone…on the 17th floor of a TV studio in Seoul”. Asked how he would prepare for the finals, he said there was no choice but to work hard.
Piao Wenyao and Hu Yaoyu
In the other two matches, Piao defeated Chen and Hu defeated Xie.
The semi finals and final will be played in mid May, with the semis scheduled for the 9th. In the semi finals:
- Baek Hongseok will play Hu Yaoyu, and
- Dang Yifei will play Piao Wenyao.
Who do you think will win?
Can Baek hold fast and bring the BC Card Cup home for Korea? Will Dang or Hu break through, with a maiden international win? Or perhaps it’s time for Piao to add something else to his trophy cabinet?
Let me know what you think! Leave a comment 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.
4th BC Card Cup photos
Chen Yaoye vs Piao Wenyao
Dang Yifei vs Park Younghun
Baek Hongseok vs Zhou Ruiyang
Hu Yaoyu vs Xie He