LG Cup

The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 300 million Won. The runner up receives 100 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.

China and Korea evenly pegged after 19th LG Cup round of 16

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After one brief day to lounge by the pool, it was back to business on June 11, 2014 for the winners of 19th LG Cup’s round of 32. Three of the pairs have only played each other once before and two of the games repeated the previous result…

19th LG Cup gets serious – Round of 32

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The main draw of the 19th LG Cup kicked off on June 9, 2014 at the Lakai Sandpine Resort in Korea. This year, Li Weiqing broke through to the preliminaries, to rub shoulders with the big guns in the main draw. Like us, this next fact will probably make most readers feel their age…

Tuo Jiaxi seizes his first international title – 18th LG Cup

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The last game of the 18th LG Cup final was played on February 13, 2014. Tuo Jiaxi 3p defeated Zhou Ruiyang 9p, with a 2-1 score, after winning game 3 by resignation. This is Tuo’s first international title! According to the Chinese promotion rules, Tuo will now be promoted to the rank of 9p…

No longer underdogs: Zhou Ruiyang and Tuo Jiaxi fight their way to 18th LG Cup final

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The semifinals of the 18th LG Cup were played on November 13, 2013, at the Paradise Hotel in Incheon, Korea. Zhou Ruiyang 9p defeated Chen Yaoye 9p and Tuo Jiaxi 3p defeated Li Zhe to proceed to the final. Both of them are in very good form these days, so it’s hard to predict who will have the advantage in the final…

Go Commentary: Lee Younggu vs Iyama Yuta – 18th LG Cup

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This is a game between Lee Younggu and Iyama Yuta, from the round of 16 at the 18th LG Cup. Iyama Yuta 9p is the #1 player in Japan. He currently holds five of the seven major Japanese titles. Lee Younggu 9p is currently #14 in Korea. He won the 7th Price Information Cup in 2011 and it was his first title…

18th LG Cup: Japan fights on, Korea knocked out

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After a brief day’s respite, the 16 remaining players in the 18th LG Cup returned to battle on June 12, 2013. For the first time in the history of the LG Cup, there are no Koreans in the quarter final line-up. Meanwhile, Japan continues their charge through the draw…

Japan strikes back! The 18th LG Cup

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The main tournament of the 18th LG Cup started on June 10. There were many sensational games, especially those of Japanese players. There were only four players from Japan in the main tournament, but three of them won their first round games…

Go Commentary: Won Seongjin vs Shi Yue – 17th LG Cup Final

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This is the second game of the 17th LG Cup final, between Won Seongjin and Shi Yue. Shi Yue won the first game, so he only had to win this game to win the LG Cup. Won likes solid, thick games and he’s good at attacking. Shi likes territorial games, but his game is well balanced at the same time…

Shi Yue’s international breakthrough – 17th LG Cup champion

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On February 20, 2013, Shi Yue ended the 17th LG Cup early, defeating Won Seongjin 9p in two straight games. 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…

Go Commentary: Hans Pietsch vs Yoda Norimoto – 1st LG Cup

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This is a game from 1997 between Hans Pietsch and Yoda Norimoto, from the 1st LG Cup. Hans Pietsch was a German Go player who became a professional at the Nihon Kiin in 1997. That year, while still a 1 dan professional, Hans defeated Yoda Norimoto in the 1st LG Cup in Korea.