After one brief day to lounge by the pool, it was back to business on June 11, 2014 for the winners of 19th LG Cup’s round of 32.
Two repeat performances
Three of the pairs had only played each other once before and two of the games repeated the previous result.
Choi Cheolhan overcomes a nemesis
However his record against Xie He 9p is also less than impressive at 1 win and 5 losses.
Much to the delight of the many Korean pros who came to support their countrymen, Choi won his game against Xie.
Experience trumps youth
A positive result for Korea
So far, fans are cautiously optimistic that this plan seems to be working. With four of their strongest pros in the quarter finals, Korea is well placed for the rest of this tournament.
There will now be a long break in the tournament schedule. The quarter finals and semifinals will be played on November 17 and 19, 2014. The pairings are:
- Fan Tingyu vs Choi Cheolhan
- Chen Yaoye vs Park Junghwan
- Tuo Jiaxi vs Kim Jiseok
- Xie Erhao vs Park Younghun.
The LG Cup
The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 300 million Won. The runner up receives 100 million Won.
The main draw of 32 players is part invitational, comprising of 5 Korean players, 5 Chinese players, 4 Japanese players, 1 Taiwanese player and including the previous year’s winner and runner up.
The rest of the main draw is determined through a preliminary tournament. The format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of 3 games.
The tournament is sponsored by LG Electronics, a multinational consumer electronics company whose headquarters are in South Korea.
The time limit is 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.