Gu Li, the defending champion
Gu, as the defending champion, probably had a slight edge over Won, entering the finals. Gu has won just about every major international title, except the Ing Cup.
Won Seongjin, a reason to be confident?
However, having bested Gu in the 2008 China-Korean Tengen, Won must have entered the final with some degree of confidence.
Won opened his campaign well, defeating Gu in the first match on December 5. However Gu answered by taking the second match the following day.
On December 7, 2011, Won defeated Gu again, taking the 16th Samsung Cup and winning his first major international title.
Congratulations Won Seongjin!
For those of you who are wondering, here are the results from our earlier poll. It looks like very few of us at Go Game Guru picked it this time, but isn’t it nice to be surprised sometimes?
Who will win the 16th Samsung Cup?
Photos from the 16th Samsung Cup final