Samsung Cup

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.
The time limit for games is 2 hours and 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi.
Samsung is a well known Korean conglomerate.

Tang Weixing defeats Lee Sedol in 2013 Samsung Cup – China sweeps international Go in 2013


The 2013 Samsung Cup final was played on December 10 and 11, 2013, at the Shilla Hotel in Suzhou, China. Tang Weixing defeated Lee Sedol 2-0 in the final, becoming a new world champion and 9 dan professional player. Not many people expected Tang Weixing to defeat Lee Sedol, because…

Lee Sedol and Tang Weixing to meet in 2013 Samsung Cup final


The semifinals of the 2013 Samsung Cup were played on November 4, 6, and 7, at the Samsung Training Institute, in Daejeon, Korea. Lee Sedol 9p defeated Wu Guangya 6p by resignation, after 152 moves, and proceeded to the final after winning 2-1. Meanwhile, Tang Weixing 3p defeated Shi Yue 9p by 2.5 points…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Shi Yue – 2013 Samsung Cup – Quarter Finals

Shi Yue 9 dan at the 2013 Samsung Cup.

This game was played between Shi Yue and Park Junghwan, in the quarter finals of the 2013 Samsung Cup, on October 10, 2013. Park Junghwan is currently ranked #1 in Korea. He’s very good at fighting. Shi Yue is currently ranked #3 in China. He seems to like playing a thick and solid game…

Good news for Korea at last: 2013 Samsung Cup – Round of 16


The round of 16 of the 2013 Samsung Cup was played on October 8, 2013. Four players from China and four from Korea progressed through to the quarter finals. As a result, it’s very likely that the sponsor, Samsung, will arrange four China vs Korea matches for the quarter finals…

2013 Samsung Cup group stage wrap up


After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of 2013 Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 5, 2013. 16 players progressed, including 11 players from China, and just 5 players from Korea. Japan’s players were all eliminated in the group stage…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – 17th Samsung Cup Final – Game 2

Gu Li 9 dan, slated to play a jubango with Lee Sedol.

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…

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – 17th Samsung Cup Final – Game 1


This is the first match of three in the final of the 17th Samsung Cup, played by Lee Sedol and Gu Li. Both Lee Sedol and Gu Li are among the most popular and well known players in the world today. Many Go fans were waiting in anticipation for these exciting matches, and I was also one of them…

Lee Sedol edges out Gu Li to win the 17th Samsung Cup


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…

Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Lee Sedol – 17th Samsung Cup


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.

They’re back! Lee Sedol and Gu Li proceed to 17th Samsung Cup final


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…