Coming into this final, Shi’s game seemed to be dangerously strong against the Korean style.
His record in 2012 was 17-2 against Korean pros – including a win against Lee Sedol in the 2nd round of this tournament.
These games were no different. Shi skillfully parried Won’s severe attacks, never giving him a chance to land the famed ‘Won punch’.
All this despite having never won a major domestic title in China. His only domestic title to date was the Xinren Wang (Rookies’ Cup) in 2009.
In a riveting post match interview, Shi revealed that he likes walking and watching TV (hopefully not at the same time), and that he’s currently single.
To be fair to Shi, he was just answering the questions he was asked.
In addition, Shi said he studies Go for 6-7 hours every day.
Shi Yue celebrates a decade in style
Interestingly, this win comes 10 years after Shi turned pro. Not a bad way to toast a decade!
Based on the Chinese Go Association promotion rules, Shi Yue will be promoted straight to 9p for winning an international title.
China on a roll
With Shi’s win, China has now won five consecutive LG Cups and eclipsed Korea’s previous record of four consecutive wins (the 5th-8th LG Cups).
No doubt the Korean players will be eager to start their campaign to reclaim the title in the 18th LG Cup.
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 (about $230,000 USD at the time of writing).
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.