China and Korea go head to head in 2014 Samsung Cup quarter finals


Shi Yue 9 dan at the 2014 Samsung Cup

The 2014 Samsung Cup resumed this week, with the round of 16 and the quarter finals taking place in Daejeon, Korea.

The round of 16

The Round of 16 was held on October 14, 2014.

There were eight players from China, seven from Korea and one from Japan (Murakawa Daisuke 7p) who qualified for this round.

Unfortunately for Murakawa Daisuke and his fans, he was bested by Tang Weixing 9p’s sabaki skills, leaving only Chinese and Korean players to proceed to the quarter finals.

Murakawa Daisuke 7 dan faced Tang Weixing 9 dan in the round of 16.

Murakawa Daisuke 7 dan faced Tang Weixing 9 dan in the round of 16.


Rui Naiwei 9p played her typical powerful game as Black, against Kim Jiseok 9p, but the game became difficult for her after White lived skillfully inside Black’s moyo and her dream run came to an end.

Round of 16 results

The full results from the round of 16 were as follows:


2014 Samsung Cup quarter finalists (from left): Tang Weixing, Kang Dongyun, Zhou Ruiyang, Park Junghwan, Shi Yue, Lee Sedol, Rong Yi and Kim Jiseok.

2014 Samsung Cup quarter finals

The quarter finals were played on October 16.

Four Chinese players and four Korean players progressed from the round of 16, so the sponsor arranged the draw to create four ‘China vs Korea’ matches.

Whether by luck or skill, it turned out that Korea was represented by it’s top four players (by current domestic rating) – Park Junghwan, Kim Jiseok, Lee Sedol and Kang Dongyun.

China also fielded a strong team, including Shi Yue (#1), Zhou Ruiyang (#2) and Tang Weixing (#7).

Park Junghwan defeated Zhou Ruiyang

Park Junghwan’s style is very strong against Zhou Ruiyang. Their head to head record to date is 7-1 in Park’s favor.

Park chalked up another win to extend the record against Zhou to 8-1.


Park Junghwan 9 dan defeated Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan in the quarter finals.

Shi Yue defeated Lee Sedol

Shi Yue tends to have trouble against Lee Sedol too. Their head to head record is 4-1 in Lee’s favor.

However, Lee struggled to win a crucial ko in a complicated game, and Shi proceeded to the semifinals.


Shi Yue 9 dan and Lee Sedol 9 dan at the 2014 Samsung Cup.

Tang Weixing defeated Kang Dongyun

Tang Weixing and Kang Dongyun played their second game together (previous record 1-0 to Tang).

Kang was leading the game as White up to 126, but he went all out to kill Black’s invasion at 127 and the game fell to shreds after Black escaped.


Kim Jiseok 9 dan proved too strong for Rui Naiwei 9 dan and Rong Yi 4 dan.

Kim Jiseok defeated Rong Yi

Kim Jiseok and Rong Yi played together for the first time and Kim overpowered Rong with his sharp attacking play.

This was Rong Yi’s career best record in an international tournament so far.

Quarter final results

  • Park Junghwan 9p defeated Zhou Ruiyang 9p by resignation
  • Kim Jiseok 9p defeated Rong Yi 4p by resignation
  • Shi Yue 9p defeated Lee Sedol 9p by resignation, and
  • Tang Weixing 9p defeated Kang Dongyun 9p by resignation.

Semifinals in November

Tang Weixing – the defending champion in this tournament – will face Park Junghwan in the semifinals, and Shi Yue will meet Kim Jiseok.

The semifinals will also take place in Daejeon, from November 5-7, 2014. Players will have to win a best of three match to proceed to the final.


2014 Samsung Cup semifinalists (from left): Tang Weixing and Park Junghwan, Shi Yue and Kim Jiseok.


2014 Samsung Cup photos

Game records

Shi Yue vs Lee Sedol


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Zhou Ruiyang vs Park Junghwan


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Tang Weixing vs Kang Dongyun


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Kim Jiseok vs Rong Yi


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  1. Justin Teng says:

    I am super excited for the semi-finals!!~ Hype!!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Me too Justin. It’s nice to see a mix of players in the final again this year. 2013 was a bit boring in some ways because Chinese players dominated nearly every tournament. 2014 has been much more interesting 🙂

  2. Lazystone says:

    The game between Shi and Lee was very thrilling , even though it is too complicated for me to fully understand this game,I still feel the intense of it . It seem to me that Lee is better at the beginning up to the middle and then…Shi had bring out his secret dagger…(Shi’s style of play always remind me of an assassin dagger…not a sword but just a dagger ,not too big to see but sometime very poisoinus , just my foolish amature thought though.) It is interesting to see how he can deal with a very powerful fighter like Kim who is in a very superp form in the next round.

    • Younggil An says:

      Your description of Shi Yue’s style of play is interesting. 🙂

      Yes, that’ll be exciting to watch the powerful fighters’ match in the semifinals.

  3. Looking forward to the final now. Both China and Korea lost their top player… (was move 25 or 27 too thin in the final game between Park Jungwhan and Tang Weixing??).

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, you’re right Hippo.

      I’m studying that game, and you’ll soon see the commentary of this final game. 🙂

      • Great! I was hoping!…
        Please explain move 16… I could not quite work out whether white was trying to prevent H4 and linking up after move 20, or making it inefficient? the reading is OK (I think) but the judgement of the various resulting positions is beyond me.

        42 and 44 seemed a smart combo… 141 dramatic but not quite enough?! As you can see I have already tried to study this one, so your commentary will be so great!

        • Younggil An says:

          Yes, I’ll explain those moves you mentioned.

          I can see that you’ve already studied hard this game and hope you’ll enjoy the commentary. 🙂