This is the second game of three in the final of the 2012 (17th) Samsung Cup, played by Lee Sedol and Gu Li. After the first game, many fans anticipated that Lee would win 2-0, because they expected that Gu Li would be distressed and this game was played on the following day. Let’s have a look at the game…
The Samsung Cup first started in 1996 and uses a rather convoluted draw. Though, arguably, it is fairer than a straight knockout format.
The 32 players in the main draw are split into 8 groups of 4. Players must win two games in order to proceed from the first stage; two players from each group will advance to the knockout stage.
In some ways it’s similar to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, except that only two wins are necessary to continue.
The round of 16 and the quarter finals are played as a straight knockout.
The semifinals and the final are played as a best of three matches.
Samsung is a well known Korean conglomerate.
On December 13, 2012, Lee Sedol defeated Gu Li 2 games to 1, to win the match and the title, at the 17th Samsung Cup. Lee Sedol won the first game of the match on December 11. It was such a spectacular and thrilling game to watch. Gu Li seemed to be dispirited after losing, but he won the next game on the following day, scoring a one sided victory over Lee…
This is the second game of the semifinal match between Lee Sedol and Choi Cheolhan at the 17th Samsung Cup. The semifinals of the Samsung Cup are played as a best of three match. Lee Sedol won the first game, so if he wins this one he’ll proceed to the final. At the time when this game was played, Lee Sedol was ranked #2 in Korea and Choi Cheolhan was ranked #3.
On November 12 and 14, 2012, Lee Sedol of Korea and Gu Li of China ensured an early finish to the 17th Samsung Cup semifinals, both defeating their opponents 2-0. Choi Cheolhan looked decidedly uncomfortable during his games against Lee. Park Junghwan, who couldn’t overcome Gu this time, still has the Ing Cup final to look forward to…
This is the last game from the 16th Samsung Cup final. Won Seongjin won the first game of this series, but Gu Li made it a tie in the second game. This third game was the decider. Gu Li is currently number 1 in the world, according to the ranking system by Dr Bai Taeil. On the other hand, Won Seongjin is number 10. Gu Li has won seven international titles so far, but this is Won’s first time in a major international final.