The last game of the 18th LG Cup final was played on February 13, 2014, at Seoul National University, in Korea.
Tuo Jiaxi’s first international title
This is Tuo’s first international title!
According to the Chinese promotion rules, Tuo will now be promoted to the rank of 9p (9 dan pro).
The final game
After 254 moves, the game was actually finished, but Zhou resigned. If he hadn’t resigned, white would have won by 2.5 points.
It was a very interesting game, right from the beginning.
The first fight started on the right side with 22, and the result up to 42 seemed to be slightly better for black (Zhou Ruiyang).
After white’s (Tuo Jiaxi’s) invasion at 46, the battle resumed. The result up to 63 was still playable for black.
Black 75 looked questionable, and the game was reversed after white 100.
White 110 and 112 were nice tesuji, and white took the lead.
White 140 and 142 were also good moves, after which black was in trouble. Up to 158, white was clearly winning.
White 160 was careless, and black caught up again, but Tuo still maintained a small lead.
Tuo’s endgame was perfect, so Zhou didn’t get any further chances to catch up.
Zhou Ruiyang is ranked #5, and Tuo Jiaxi is #6 in China, as of February 2014.
They both were born in 1991.
Tuo started out leading the series 2-0, but Zhou clawed his way back to win the title in a reverse sweep.
However, Tuo had his revenge in today’s 18th LG Cup final.
Earlier in the match
Tuo (playing white) won game 1 of the final by 1.5 points, after 274 moves. He was behind, but he staged a reversal in the endgame.
Zhou fought back in game game 2 to tie the series at 1-1. He won by resignation after 208 moves.
Zhou got off to a nice start in the opening, and maintained his lead throughout the middle game.
Tuo had one good chance, to attack white’s group at the top, but he made a mistake. He couldn’t find any other opportunities to catch up afterwards.
The 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.
The time limit is in the final is 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.