The 16th Samsung Cup well and truly reached the pointy end of the draw this week, with just 4 players left standing.
Gu and Won emerged as the winners of match one. However, the semifinals of the Samsung Cup are played as a best of three match.
Gu Li defeats Na Hyun in two games
On November 2, Gu went through to the final, after a second win against Na. This cut Na Hyun’s dream run to the finals short, but we will likely see his name coming up more often in the future.
Meanwhile Chen Yaoye fought back against Won Seongjin to win game 2. This took Chen and Won to a deciding third game on November 3.
Won Seongjin proceeds
Won Seongjin prevailed in the third game, but only after a hard battle involving many ko fights. He will now face Gu Li in the final.
The 16th Samsung Cup finals
The finals will be played in Shanghai, in early December, 2011. Of the two players, only Gu, the defending champion, has played in the finals of the Samsung Cup.
Will this give Gu the edge? Or will Won, who has only previously won China Korea Tengen, win his first major international title?
Photos from the semifinals
Game records: 16th Samsung Cup semifinals
Game record: Gu Li vs Na Hyun – Game 1
Game record: Na Hyun vs Gu Li – Game 2
Game record: Won Seongjin vs Chen Yaoye – Game 1
Game record: Chen Yaoye vs Won Seongjin – Game 2
Game record: Chen Yaoye vs Won Seongjin – Game 3