4th BC Card Cup: Down to the final four

On April 16 and 17, 2012, the quarter finals of the 4th BC Card Cup were played on the Starship Enterprise at Baduk TV studios in Seoul, Korea.

Piao Wenyao (9 dan, left) plays Chen Yaoye (9 dan).

When we last checked on this tournament’s progress China was dominating the draw, claiming 13 spots in the round of 16.

Round of 16

The round of 16 matches were played from April 12-15.

China’s Zhou Ruiyang 5p, Xie He 9p, Piao Wenyao 9p, Chen Yaoye 9p, Dang Yifei 4p and Hu Yaoyu 8p won through to the quarter finals.

Out of the three remaining Korean Players in the round of 16, Park Younghun 9p and Baek Hongseok 9p progressed to the quarter finals.

Quarter final results

Park Younghun (9 dan, left) plays Dang Yifei (4 dan).

Dang Yifei

In the next round, Dang, one of China’s more surprising players in this year’s tournament, defeated Park by capturing a large dragon.

Dang is just 17 years old and is one of several young Chinese players to watch.

Baek Hongseok: Lone rider for Korea

Luckily for Korean fans, Baek defeated Zhou to keep hopes alive for a local winner.

Baek commented after his win, “so now I’m left all alone…on the 17th floor of a TV studio in Seoul”. Asked how he would prepare for the finals, he said there was no choice but to work hard.

Baek Hongseok (9 dan) gives a post game interview.

Piao Wenyao and Hu Yaoyu

In the other two matches, Piao defeated Chen and Hu defeated Xie.

The semi finals and final will be played in mid May, with the semis scheduled for the 9th. In the semi finals:

  • Baek Hongseok will play Hu Yaoyu, and
  • Dang Yifei will play Piao Wenyao.

Hu Yaoyu (8 dan, right) plays the first move against Xie He (9 dan).

Who do you think will win?

Can Baek hold fast and bring the BC Card Cup home for Korea? Will Dang or Hu break through, with a maiden international win? Or perhaps it’s time for Piao to add something else to his trophy cabinet?

Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below.

Zhou Ruiyan (5 dan, left) and Baek Hongseok (9 dan) counting the score.

About the BC Card Cup

The BC Card Cup is an international Go tournament sponsored by BC Card, Korea’s largest credit card company. The inaugural tournament was held in 2009.

The format is a single knockout of 64 players: 3 from Korea, 2 from China, 2 from Japan, 1 from Taiwan, 2 wild cards (chosen by the Korean Baduk Association) and 54 players who qualify through the preliminary rounds.

4th BC Card Cup photos

Game records

Chen Yaoye vs Piao Wenyao


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Dang Yifei vs Park Younghun


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Baek Hongseok vs Zhou Ruiyang


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Hu Yaoyu vs Xie He


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  1. Frédéric says:

    The game between Dang et park is just amazing and the move 119 is incredible. I hope Mr. Younggil comment this game.
    Thank you jing for the news.

    • Give that Park answered s16 (presumably his group on the right dies if tenuki), it seems to me g18 was a mistake (and should s16) as white couldn’t intersperse j18 sente sequence which would have fixed up his shape there.

      • David Ormerod says:

        I agree. It looks like Park overlooked F18 (move 119) and thought that G18 erased black’s potential in the top left. It’s very a surprising sequence.

    • You’re very welcome Frederic. I will certainly ask Younggil to review this game 🙂

  2. I can’t believe that Xie would allow Hu to win without a real fight. He seemed too relaxed in this game.

    • Xie has a relatively peaceful style. It was a bit unusual to see such a large black area early on in the game. Xie seemed to be waiting for a chance to fight but didn’t seem to get one.

  3. In the Dang – Park game I like the agressive B 13 instead of answering in the corner: the corner should fend for itself. And then B 17 is unbelievable, not because of the placing of B 17 itself, a vital point regarding the white shape below, but in combination with B 13. What would the old masters like Shuwa and Shusaku have said about it! Of course B 23 makes shape, but still: B 17 is amazing to me.

    Kind regards,

    • It’s nice to find a pro that plays the kind of moves that you like and follow their games. I’m not sure what old masters would have thought of black 17, but some of the players from that period fought like crazy too, so maybe it wouldn’t have raised that many eyebrows? Black 17 seems to be the best way to stop white connecting.

  4. Dang, that kid is strong 🙂

  5. i think Dang will do it, but it’s anybody’s tournament to win

    • It would be exciting if Dang won. I’m secretly cheering for him too (well, not secretly anymore :)). It’s going to be interesting because there’s no clear favorite this time.