After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of the 17th Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 6, 2012.
16 players progressed to the knockout phase.
The final 16
A game between two veterans
Komatsu will keep Japan’s hopes alive, as only last remaining Japanese player in the competition.
The round of 16 draw
The next round will take place in October 2012. The draw is as follows:
- Gu Li vs An Kukhyun
- Chen Yaoye vs Baek Hongseok
- Shi Yue vs Kang Dongyun
- Tuo Jiaxi vs Won Seongjin
- Mi Yuting vs Choi Cheolhan
- Zhong Wenjing vs Park Junghwan
- Li Qincheng vs Lee Sedol
- Fan Tingyu vs Komatsu Hideki
Won Seongjin has promised fans that, should he succeed in defending his title, he will celebrate by dancing ‘Gangnam Style’… whatever that is…
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The Samsung Cup
The Samsung Cup first started in 1996 and uses a rather convoluted draw. Though, arguably, it is fairer than a straight knockout format.
The 32 players in the main draw are split into 8 groups of 4. Players must win two games in order to proceed from the first stage; two players from each group will advance to the knockout stage.
In some ways it’s similar to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, except that only two wins are necessary to continue.
The round of 16 and the quarter finals are played as a straight knockout.
The semifinals and the final are played as a best of three matches.
Samsung is a well known Korean conglomerate.
17th Samsung Cup photos
Lee Sedol vs Cho U
Rui Naiwei vs Komatsu Hideki
An Kukhyun vs Xie He