A promising start for Dang
Dang started well, winning the first game on May 12.
For much of the second game on the following day, it seemed that he would win again and seize a 2-0 lead.
Sensing the championship slipping away, Baek dug his heels in.
When black invaded white’s top left area in game 2, Baek saw his chance and started an attack that would decide the game. Baek won the second game to equal the score at 1-1.
From this point on, there was no stopping Baek. Returning refreshed from a rest day, Baek won game 3 on May 15.
The game on May 16 was Dang’s last chance to stay in the title match. However, he lost by half a point against Baek’s thick play.
Congratulations to Baek Hongseok on his first major international win and Dang Yifei on his impressive performance in reaching the finals.
A bittersweet victory
Baek, who’s 25, has to complete his military service in Korea now, so we might not see his face again for a couple of years. We will surely see more of 17 year old Dang Yifei, who’s only just getting started, in the near future.
More photos from the 4th BC Card Cup
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.