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, which was regarded as a successful result for Korean players.

Going into the round of 16, 11 players were from China, and 5 players were from Korea, but the quarter finals will be evenly balanced at 4 vs 4.

As a result, it’s very likely that the sponsor, Samsung, will arrange four China vs Korea matches for the quarter finals.

Lee Sedol and Chen Yaoye rematch


Lee Sedol 9 dan at the 2013 Samsung Cup.

The most interesting match from this round was the game between Lee Sedol 9p and Chen Yaoye 9p.

Lee and Chen played together recently in the final of 9th Chunlan Cup, as well as in the group stage of this tournament. Chen won both those games, so this was a revenge match for Lee.

The opening of the game was good for Lee, and he maintained his lead until the middle game. However, Chen caught up and reversed the game in the top right, at move 134.

After that, Lee started a ko at the bottom, and was eventually able to catch up again. In the end, Lee won by just half a point.

Other games

Park Junghwan 9p defeated Zhou Ruiyang 9p after capturing a big group at the top. Zhou tried to catch up afterwards, but was unsuccessful.


Park Junghwan 9 dan (left) and Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan.

Ahn Seongjun 5p, who won the Price Information Cup last year, defeated Gu Li 9p. This was an unexpected result. Their game was full of fighting, and Ahn managed things very well and eventually won.

Kim Jiseok 9p defeated Fan Yunruo 4p and proceeded to the next round too.

Among the Korean players, only Park Younghun 9p lost his game. He was defeated by Tang Weixing 3p, who won the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in July this year.

Qiu Jun 9p, Shi Yue 9p and Wu Guangya 6p defeated Gu Lingyi 5p, Ke Jie 3p, and Li Xuanhao 3p respectively, and progressed to the next round.

A good opportunity for Korean players


Playing room at the 2013 Samsung Cup.

The results from the round of 16 are highly satisfactory for Korean Baduk fans, because the top three Korean players all survived, but Shi Yue is the only Chinese representative who ranks within top 10 in China (Shi is currently ranked #3).

So far in 2013, there have been five major international tournaments and Chinese players won them all.

Korean players have won at least one international tournament for the last 18 years, and the Samsung Cup is their last chance to maintain this record.

Quarter finals draw

The draw for the quarter finals is as follows:

  • Kim Jiseok 9p vs Tang Weixing 3p
  • Lee Sedol 9p vs Qiu Jun 9p
  • Ahn Seongjun 5p vs Wu Guangya 6p
  • Park Junghwan 9p vs Shi Yue 9p

2013 Samsung Cup quarter finalists. From left: Kim Jiseok, Tang Weixing, Lee Sedol, Qiu Jun, Ahn Seongjun, Wu Guangya, Park Junghwan and Shi Yue.

UPDATE: Quarter final results and semifinal draw

Korea’s relief turned out to be short lived, as Lee Sedol was the only Korean player to progress through the quarter finals and is now the sole hope of Korean Baduk fans in this tournament.

From China, Shi Yue, Wu Guangya and Tang Weixing all proceeded to the semifinals.

The semifinals will be played on November 4, 6 and 7, at the Samsung training institute in Daejeon, Korea.

The draw is as follows:

  • Lee Sedol 9p vs Wu Guangya 6p
  • Shi Yue 9p vs Tang Weixing 3p

The 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.

2013 Samsung Cup photos

Game records

Lee Sedol vs Chen Yaoye


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


Park Younghun vs Tang Weixing


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


Zhou Ruiyang vs Park Junghwan


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


Ahn Seongjun vs Gu Li


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


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About Younggil An

Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He qualified as a professional in 1997 and won an award for winning 18 consecutive professional matches the following year. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea in 2008, to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now lives in Sydney, Australia, and is one of the founders of Go Game Guru. On Friday evenings, Younggil is usually at the Sydney Go Club, where he gives weekly lessons and plays simultaneous games.

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  1. thiago rêgo says:

    I’m rooting for chinese players! Always…

  2. Thanks, this is so exciting! Fingers crossed Lee Sedol vs Chen Yaoye finds it’s way into the commentary stack on your desk. 😀

  3. Why the Baduk TV guide says Ro8 starts at 19:00 KST but it started in the morning? I missed the first 60 moves 🙁

    • *17:00 KST

    • Younggil An says:

      The quarter finals started at 11:00 am, and KBS, one of major broadcasting TV in Korea, broadcast the quarter finals. That’s why Baduk TV didn’t start to broadcast from the beginning I guess. I hope you could still enjoy the games after 60 moves. 🙂

  4. Right , it was very good for 16 round but 8vround just finished and yi se tol is the only korean player now. We hope he will win .

  5. I felt that Yi Sedol was playing a little different in his game. Maybe he was very determined to beat Chen and prevent a three losses in a row. I could feel some determination. I felt that he studied Chen’s game a bit. But maybe it’s my imagination.

  6. Wow, that Ahn Seongjun vs Gu Li game is intense. I’d love to see that commentated at some point. Thanks for posting these!

  7. Anonymous says:

    What can you say about the level of go these day? Are they getting better and bettet? And It seems to me that everybody is all at the same level, so performance wise nobody can have a clear advantage like lee changho in his heyday

    • Younggil An says:

      I agree with you. I feel like top players are nearly the same level these days, and it’s harder to guess who’ll win.

  8. happysocks says:

    For any who might not of seen it there is this on the Lee Sedol vs Chen Yaoye game, not in english but variations are variations right?

    Seeing the determination on Sedol’s face at the start was delightful!

  9. happysocks says:

    My pleasure. Thank you for all you share with us. 😀