Winning a world championship is hard work!
Mi certainly had his work cut out for him on his journey towards this breakthrough win.
The end of Gu’s runner-up streak?
Since Gu’s astonishing run of seven wins out of seven appearances in international finals, which ended with the Samsung Cup in 2010, Gu has finished as runner-up three times.
Gu won the first game, of this best of five final, at the end of November.
This gave Gu’s fans hope – perhaps Gu could finally put an end to his string of second place finishes?
Mi cool, calm and lethal
Unfazed, Mi won the next three matches on December 2, 4 and 6, 2013 to quash Gu’s hopes.
Fortunately for fans of Gu, the first match of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango is just over a month away.
Records remain safe
And for the Go record buffs out there, at 17 years and 11 months, Mi didn’t break any records with this win.
But what a way to start your 18th birthday celebrations! Mi also took home a cool 1.8 million RMB (approximately $300,000 USD at the time of writing) for his troubles.
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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 (about $300,000 USD at the time of writing) 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.