On October 9 and 10, 2012, the knockout stages of the 17th Samsung Cup took place in Taejon, Korea.
First knockout round
Go loving Gangnam fans were pleased to see that we were still on track for Won Seongjin 9p to celebrate his win by dancing Gangnam style.
Won defeated Tuo Jiaxi 3p in the round of 16.
Japan’s last remaining representative, Komatsu Hideki 9p, was knocked out by Fan Tingyu.
Sadly, Park ruined the hopes of Gangnam style fans by defeating Won in the quarter final.
In the other three matches, Gu defeated Kang, Lee was too strong for Chen and Choi prevailed over Fan.
Perhaps due to the format of the Samsung Cup, this year’s semifinalists are more experienced overall than those we’ve seen in the lineup for other recent international tournaments.
Gu was the runner-up last year, and won the tournament in 2010.
Choi hasn’t had much recent success in this tournament – the last time he progressed beyond the first knockout round was in 2006.
Park, the youngest of the four, reached the semis in 2010 and has been in excellent form since then.
Lee, the most accomplished of the remaining players at the Samsung Cup, has won the title three times.
All of China’s hopes are on Gu Li
Gu Li, the only remaining Chinese player, must be feeling a lot of pressure.
The next round
The semifinals will be played over two days, starting on November 14, 2012. To progress to the final, players must win two of three matches.
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The Samsung Cup
The Samsung Cup first started in 1996 and uses a rather convoluted draw. Though, arguably, it is fairer than a straight knockout format.
The 32 players in the main draw are split into 8 groups of 4. Players must win two games in order to proceed from the first stage; two players from each group will advance to the knockout stage.
In some ways it’s similar to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, except that only two wins are necessary to continue.
The round of 16 and the quarter finals are played as a straight knockout.
The semifinals and the final are played as a best of three matches.
Samsung is a well known Korean conglomerate.
17th Samsung Cup photos
Click here to download the game records from the round of 16. The quarter final games are displayed below.