On September 23, 25 and 26, 2012, the semifinals of the 7th Ing Cup were played in Dujiangyan, China.
A marathon match
Lee and Park struggled against one another for over nine hours.
Eventually though, Park’s dragon prevailed over Lee’s in the marathon match.
Both games on the first day were decided by a difference of ‘zero’.
Under the Ing rules, komi is 8 points and black wins ties. This makes it basically equivalent to 7.5 points under Chinese rules.
The rule buffs will object to this characterization, of course.
Park goes through to the final
On September 25, Park once again defeated Lee, earning himself the first spot in the final and extending his win-loss ratio over the Stone Buddha to 9-4.
Fan answered Xie’s previous win, extending the semfinal to a third and deciding match.
The making of The Surrounding Game
The team who are filming the upcoming documentary The Surrounding Game were on site for the event too.
If you look closely at the photos, you might spot some of them.
A record breaking 7th Ing Cup
September 26 saw Fan repeat his fine form from the previous day to join Park in the final.
Park and Fan are 19 and 16 years old respectivley.
This means whoever wins the 7th Ing Cup later this year (or early next year) will become the youngest winner in the tournament’s history.
Comparing two precocious teenagers
Even though there’s only a three year difference between the two, their records are quite different.
Fan has only recently started to make his name known on the international stage.
In China, his name is already familiar to Go fans, after he won the Xinren Wang, a tournament for Chinese pros under 7p and 20 years of age, for the past 3 years.
Park’s trophy cabinet, in comparison is positively overflowing with accollades – the most impresssive being last year’s 24th Fujitsu Cup.
Will the Ing Cup final mirror the recently played BC Card Cup final, where experience trumped new talent?
Or will Fan make it one better than Dang Yifei 4p?
Have your say below.
The Ing Cup
The Ing Cup is the oldest continuous international Go tournament for professionals.
It started in 1988, just after the inaugural (and now defunct) Fujitsu Cup, and is held every 4 years, coinciding with the Summer Olympics.
The format is a 24 player knockout with 8 players being seeded into the second round. The semifinals are played as the best of 3 matches, and the final is best of 5.
The tournament uses the Ing Rules, which were designed by Ing Changki. Ing Rules have some unique aspects.