On August 9, 2013, there was much elation in China after their players claimed all eight quarter final places at the 1st MLily Cup.
Korea’s woes continue
Korean fans watched in dismay as the recent dreadful results of the 18th LG Cup were repeated.
Speculation in Korea is that the ever increasing prevalence of lightning games on the Korean domestic scene is making it harder for their players to compete in these (relatively slower) international matches. As you can imagine, this is leading to some soul searching in Korea.
Japan’s lone rider
Unfortunately, despite his recent good form, Yuki’s efforts weren’t quite enough to get him past China’s Wang Xi 9p.
Quarter final pairings
For those playing in the next round, the celebrations will be brief as play continues on August 11, 2013. Here are the pairings:
- Dang Yifei 4p vs Mi Yuting 4p
- Zhou Ruiyang 9p vs Lian Xiao 4p
- Gu Li 9p vs Wang Lei 8p
- and Wang Xi 9p vs Wu Guangya 6p.
UPDATE: Quarter final results
[This article has been updated] - Here are the quarter results from August 11:
- Mi Yuting defeated Dang Yifei
- Zhou Ruiyang defeated Lian Xiao
- Gu Li defeated Wang Lei
- and Wang Xi defeated Wu Guangyya.
Gu Li will play Zhou Ruiyang and Wang Xi will play Mi Yuting in the semifinals, in September 2013.
The semifinals will be best of three matches and the final will be best of five. The exact date for the final hasn’t been decided yet.
Full Round of 16 results
- Lian Xiao 4p defeated Choi Cheolhan 9p
- Wang Lei 8p defeated Cho Hanseung 9p
- Wang Xi 9p defeated Yuki Satoshi 9p
- Gu Li 9p defeated Hu Yaoyu 8p
- Mi Yuting 4p defeated Kong Jie 9p
- Zhou Ruiyang 9p defeated Guo Wenchao 5p
- Wu Guangya 6p defeated Hu Yuefeng 5p
- and Dang Yifei 4p defeated Tang Weixing 3p.
The MLily Cup
The MLily Cup is a biennial international Go tournament, which started in 2013 and is sponsored by MLily Meng Baihe – a mattress and bedding company.
It’s intended that it will alternate with the (also biennial) Bailing Cup, every other year.
The draw consists of 14 seeded players from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan and 50 players from preliminary rounds, including 4 women and 4 amateurs.
This tournament is quite slow by international standards, with time settings of 3 hours main time and 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi. The semifinals are played as best of three matches and the final is a best of five match.
The winner receives 1.8 million RMB and the runner up receives 600,000 RMB. This puts the tournament in the same league as the Bailing Cup and Samsung Cup, in terms of prize money.
The official name, ‘MLily Meng Baihe Cup World Go Open Tournament’ (try saying that quickly 10 ten times) uses the sponsor’s double barrel English and Chinese names.
The Chinese name, 梦百合 Meng (=dream) Baihe (=lilies), translates literally to ‘dream of lilies’. A looser, but more natural translation would be something like ‘sweet dreams’. This explains the somewhat cryptic ‘MLily’ moniker.
1st MLily Cup photos
Oh, and if anyone is wondering why I included the photo of people folding name plates in the gallery, it’s because it reminds me of my old job in public relations – trying to avoid paper cuts in the wee hours on the eve of running an event!