China and Korea evenly pegged after 19th LG Cup round of 16

After one brief day to lounge by the pool, it was back to business on June 11, 2014 for the winners of 19th LG Cup’s round of 32.

Two repeat performances


Korea’s Park Junghwan 9 dan (pictured) defeated Tang Weixing 9 dan to progress to the quarter finals.

Three of the pairs had only played each other once before and two of the games repeated the previous result.

Korea’s current top ranked pro, Park Junghwan 9p, replicated his win earlier this year (in the Chunlan Cup) against Tang Weixing 9p.

Meanwhile, Kim Jiseok 9p defeated Li Zhe 6p, to make it 2-0.

However, Fan Tingyu 9p reversed his Nongshim Cup result from last year, defeating Kang Dongyun 9p by resignation.

Choi Cheolhan overcomes a nemesis


Choi Cheolhan 9 dan (pictured), overcame one of his arch-enemies when he defeated Xie He 9 dan. However, Chen Yaoye 9 dan is still in the competition…

Choi Cheolhan 9p managed to avoid his natural enemy, Chen Yaoye 9p (who defeated Shi Yue 9p).

However his record against Xie He 9p is also less than impressive at 1 win and 5 losses.

Much to the delight of the many Korean pros who came to support their countrymen, Choi won his game against Xie.

Experience trumps youth

Two other pairs have never met prior to today. Tuo Jiaxi 9p proved too strong for Byun Sangil 3p and Park Younghun 9p defeated An Dongxu 5p.

The remaining match up between two Chinese youngsters saw the more experienced Xie Erhao 2p emerge as the winner over Ding Shixiong 1p.


Xie Erhao 2 dan (left) defeated first timer Ding Shixiong 1 dan.

A positive result for Korea

After a disastrous year in 2013, Korea appointed a head coach, Yu Changhyeok 9p and two national coaches, Lee Changho 9p and Lee Sedol 9p to improve Korean pros’ performance.

So far, fans are cautiously optimistic that this plan seems to be working. With four of their strongest pros in the quarter finals, Korea is well placed for the rest of this tournament.


Things are looking up for Korean Go fans – From left: Kim Jiseok, Choi Cheolhan, Park Younghun and Park Junghwan.

Finals schedule

There will now be a long break in the tournament schedule. The quarter finals and semifinals will be played on November 17 and 19, 2014. The pairings are:

  • Fan Tingyu vs Choi Cheolhan
  • Chen Yaoye vs Park Junghwan
  • Tuo Jiaxi vs Kim Jiseok
  • Xie Erhao vs Park Younghun.

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.

19th LG Cup photos

Game records

Tang Weixing vs Park Junghwan


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Kang Dongyun vs Fan Tingyu


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Kim Jiseok vs Li Zhe


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Chen Yaoye vs Shi Yue


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  1. “Meanwhile, Kim Jiseok 9p defeated Li Zhe 6p, to make it 2-0, and Fan Tingyu 9p repeated last year’s Nongshim Cup win against Kang Dongyun 9p.”
    There must be mistake. In the last Nongshim cup Kang Dongyun defeated Fan Tingyu..