Shi Yue delivers
With this win, Shi Yue is still on track to repeat Baek Hongseok’s feat at the 4th BC Card Cup earlier this year, as the sole representative from his country in the semifinals.
All of China’s hopes were pinned on Shi, who defeated Kang Dongyun 9p in his semifinal match.
The quarter finals took place on November 5, 2012.
Tiger Cubs grow up
Shi Yue’s arrival in the final marks yet another salvo from the Chinese tiger cub generation (born in the 1990s) in international finals.
This generation were dubbed the tiger cubs by the Chinese Weiqi media, because of their ferocity in fighting and their propensity to upset more experienced players in domestic games.
Other tiger cubs include Jiang Weijie 9p, who won last year’s 16th LG Cup, Dang Yifei 4p, who was the runner up in the 4th BC Card Cup, Fan Tingyu 3p, who’s contesting the final of the 7th Ing Cup, Tan Xiao 7p and Zhou Ruiyang 5p.
With their appearance in important international matches becoming more commonplace, it seems the tigers have finally grown claws. The question now is how sharp are they?
A second title for Won?
Won Seongjin 9p won the all Korean semifinal against Choi Cheolhan 9p.
Won had earlier defeated another fellow countryman, Lee Younggu 9p, in the quarter finals.
Oppan Gangnam Style?
Won Seongjin, known as ‘Won Punch’ for his powerful haymaker, promised his fans he’d dance Gangnam style if he defended his Samsung Cup title earlier this year.
Choi Cheolhan gets stood up
Choi Cheolhan 9p waited in vain for his quarter final opponent, Lian Xiao 4p, who was absent due to illness.
Perhaps Choi now regrets not having the warm up game that everyone else played?
Gangnam Style or Tiger Cub?
Who are you backing for the final? Are you ready to see the tigers roar or would you like Younggil to put in a special request for Gangnam style from the Western Go community?
Leave a comment below to voice your opinion.
The LG Cup finals
The 17th LG Cup will be decided by a best of 3 match in mid-February 2013. Games will be broadcast live on Baduk TV.
We’ll let you know when it starts and, as usual, we’ll also bring you game records and photos from the final.
About the LG Cup
The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 250 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.