19th LG Cup gets serious – Round of 32


Former world champion, Seo Bongsu 9 dan, declares the 19th LG Cup officially open.

The main draw of the 19th LG Cup kicked off on June 9, 2014 at the Lakai Sandpine Resort in Korea.

A new wave?

A few years ago, we wrote about China’s ‘Tiger Cub’ generation, who were born in the 90s and, by now, have well and truly made their mark on the Go scene.

If anything, the remarkable results of 2013 could be summarized as ‘the year of the Chinese Tiger Cubs’.

This year, Li Weiqing 1p 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; Li was born in the year 2000 and only turned pro last year!


14 year old Li Weixing 1 dan fought his way through to the round of 32. He was born in the year 2000.

Note that this isn’t even the first appearance of a pro born after 2000 at an international tournament. That honor went to Korea’s Shin Jinseo 2p and China’s Li Ke 1p, also both born in 2000, at the 2nd Bailing Cup earlier this year.

During his pre-match interview, Li, who had been paired against former wunderkind, Park Junghwan 9p, didn’t think his chances were particularly good, but looked forward to learning from the stronger Park.

Park certainly wasted no time securing himself a spot in the next round, in 146 moves.


Li Weiqing (right) had a good run. Unfortunately for him, Park Junghwan 9 dan put a stop to it in the round of 32, as Seo Bongsu watched on.

Where’s Gu Li?

Gu Li 9p was a notable absence in this year’s main draw. Unfortunately for Gu’s fans, he was defeated by An Kukhyun 4p in the final round of this year’s preliminary tournament.

Gu has played in 10 consecutive LG Cups since 2004, a record only surpassed by Lee Sedol 9p (15 consecutive appearances with 17 appearances in total), Lee Changho 9p (13 consecutive appearances) and Choi Cheolhan 9p (11 consecutive appearances).

Full results


Competitors at the 19th LG Cup.

Coming up: The round of 16

The players will have one day to enjoy the facilities Lakai Sandpine Resort, before play resumes on June 11. Stay tuned for updates on the results. The pairings for the next round are:

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 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.
each player.

19th LG Cup photos

Game records

Lee Sedol vs Fan Tingyu


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Xie He vs Cho U


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Mi Yuting vs Choi Cheolhan


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Zhou Ruiyang vs Kim Jiseok


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  1. There is one pair missing: I guess Xie He plays Choi Cheolhan in the next round?

    Gu Li and Lee Sedol missing out already: a new generation is replacing the older one. Looking at the age of Gu and Lee, this is quite depressing: Sakata was 44 when he was at his prime.

    Kind regards,

    • Lawrence says:

      Why would that be depressing? A new wave of talent is always a positive thing in the Go World.

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for your correction Paul.
      Yes, I also feel so for Gu and Lee. The time limit’s been becoming shorter and shorter, and younger players have advantage under the time trouble I think. It’s quite different to Sakata’s era.
      I agree with you Lawrence. 🙂

  2. lostbeef says:

    No game record for Park Junghwan?

  3. Younggil An says:

    You can see the game of Park Junghwan on the link below.

  4. Japan thrashed again.