Prior to this game, Tuo and Meng had only met in two previous tournaments, and the record stood at one win each.
Meng Tailing the underdog
Despite a higher ranking, Meng probably entered the final as the underdog, because Tuo recently won the CITIC Bank Cup (previously the CCTV Cup – in July 2012).
Fans waited eagerly to see how a final between these two lesser known players would pan out.
A game that hinged on a ko
As the game entered into what would become a deciding ko, Tuo looked decidedly nervous.
Meanwhile, Meng remained calm and his precise calculation and cool judgement allowed him to claim his first domestic title – not to mention half a million RMB!
Congratulations Meng Tailing!
The Quzhou Lanke Cup
The Quzhou Lanke Cup is the most generous Chinese domestic tournament in terms of prize money.
The winner’s prize is half a million Chinese Yuan (approximately $80,000 USD at the time of writing).
The format is a straight knockout of 32 players – 24 are seeded directly into the main draw while eight spots are determined through a preliminary tournament.
Players each have 2 hours main time, followed by 5 times 1 minute byo yomi.
It is co-hosted by the Zhejian Sports Department and Lanke City Council. The tournament first started in 2006 and is held only once every two years. So far, a different player has won each time.