Get ready for the 16th Samsung Cup!

The main draw of the 16th Samsung Cup is about to be finalized, with just one more preliminary match between Baek Sungho 9p and Kim Soojang 9p to be played today (August 9, 2011).

[Update: Baek Sungho won his match with Kim Soojang and qualified for the round of 32]

China's Li Zhe (6 dan) looks relieved after making it into the main draw of the 16th Samsung Cup.

The Samsung Cup has a rather complicated draw. The main draw consists of 32 players, 13 of whom are seeded into the main draw.

Thirteen players are seeded

This year’s seeds are China’s Gu Li 9p, Piao Wenyao 9p and Kong Jie 9p; Korea’s Kim Jiseok 7p, Heo Youngho 9p, Park Junghwan 9p, Lee Sedol 9p, Choi Cheolhan 9p, Park Younghun 9p, Won Seongjin 9p; two players from Japan and one wildcard, who are yet to be announced.

The other 19 spots are decided by preliminary matches, in which top amateurs also take part. The preliminaries are split into three divisions: male, female and veterans.

16 year old, Li Xuanhao (3 dan) - the next Gu Li?

Players who’ve made it through

The following players have won their way through to the main draw: Korea’s Kang Dongyun 9p, Kim Junghyun 3p, Na Hyun 1p, Kang Seungmin 2p, Kim Dongho 2p, Lee Younggu 8p, Jen Youngkyu 5p, Jiang Zhujiu 9p, Park Jieun 9p and China’s Sun Li 5p, Li Zhe 6p, Guo Wenchao 5p, Chen Yaoye 9p, Tan Xiao 5p, Wang Tao 4p, Peng Liyao 5p, Li Xuanhao 3p, Song Ronghui 5p.

Notably, Li Xuanhao is only 16 years old and quite an up and coming professional player in China. He has been dubbed the “next Gu Li” by Chinese media.

Fans of Joanne Missingham, who plays professionally as Hei Jiajia 5p, may be interested to know she made it through the first round of the preliminaries. Unfortunately, she faced Park Jieun 9p in the second round and was eliminated after an exciting game.

The strongest woman? Park Jieun (9 dan) eliminates Joanne Missingham (5 dan).


Lee Changho needs a wildcard

Lee Changho (9 dan) will need a wildcard to enter the main draw.

This year’s draw brought several surprises. Lee Changho 9p was not seeded into the main draw and much to everyone’s amazement, lost his last preliminary match to Jen Youngkyu 5p.

Another surprise casualty of the preliminaries was fellow Korean, Cho Hanseung 9p. However, Cho did fall to Chen Yaoye 9p, one of China’s top pros, so perhaps this was not as unexpected as Lee’s loss.

In the women’s section of the draw, the legendary Rui Naiwei 9p was defeated by Tang Yi 2p of China. This means Lee, Cho and Rui are now at the the mercy of tournament organizers, who will award one wildcard for the main draw.

[Update: The wildcard was awarded to Lee Changho.]

Who do you think should get the wildcard?

Do you think Lee, Cho or Rui should be given a second chance and be awarded the wildcard? Vote in our poll and leave a comment below.

Who do you think should get the wildcard in the 16th Samsung Cup?

Final results:

  • Lee Changho 9p (65%, 33 Votes)
  • Rui Naiwei 9p (27%, 14 Votes)
  • Cho Hanseung 9p (8%, 4 Votes)

Game record: Joanne Missingham vs Park Jieun


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


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  1. Personally, I feel they should award it to the youngest player. Lee Changho has already had many victories and so has Rui Naiwei. I’m not saying Cho Hanseung hasn’t won some either but he’s still got some success ahead of him I think.

    • I thought the same thing, I’d like to see Cho get a second chance. Do you think they’ll probably give it to Lee though? He’s still so popular in Korea and Samsung is going to be thinking about that.

  2. Is there an official website about the Samsung Cup where people interested can see pairings, results and possibly game records updated shortly after the games took place?

    Thank you for this article Jing and thanks GGG for this interesting website.

    • David Ormerod says:

      I don’t think such a website exists in English. Your best bet might be Mr Kin’s website at:

      Apart from that you can read Jing’s updates, but we know they are not that frequent. Maybe one day we could do that sort of thing on this site, but at the moment that’s a long way off :). If anyone wants to help out with that, please let me know.

  3. Our club, which is called “Gents Go Genootschap” thus abbreviating exactly like your wonderful site, intends to follow the Samsung Cup closely. Do you know of any live coverage? Surely a technology company like Samsung should broadcast the games to their Android Smartphones?


    • I remember watching some LG Cup games on LG’s (Korean) website a while back, so Samsung quite possible does the same, if only you can find it!

      • David Ormerod says:

        I remember Samsung did that a few years ago too. Younggil says he doesn’t think they’re doing it anymore and the best way to watch the games would be on WBaduk/Cyberoro. We’ll let you know if we find something better and if anyone knows of a good site already, please feel free to comment.

        Dieter, are you planning to review the games together after the match or watch them live? That’s funny about GGG by the way. 🙂

  4. >the legendary Rui Naiwei (9p) was defeated by Tang Yi (2p) of China

    Do you know where I could find this game record?

    • David Ormerod says:

      I haven’t seen that game and (based on a quick look) it seems difficult to find. I’ll let you know if I come across it. Sometimes for preliminary matches like that it takes a bit longer for a game record to surface.