No luck for Choi and Park
Choi Cheolhan 9p looked decidedly uncomfortable during his games against Lee.
The Gu vs Lee record
Gu and Lee have setup what will be their 31st, 32nd and possibly 33rd encounters in the final of the 17th Samsung Cup.
Interestingly, the two superstars have only met in two international tournament finals, which account for 7 of their past 30 games.
Their overall head to head is also close at 15-14 in Gu’s favor. This finals series will decide who takes the lead from here.
Their 29th game during the Samsung Group Stage resulted in a spectacular quadruple ko (which was ruled a draw) and Gu won the rematch (game 30) to pull ahead by one game.
Whenever these two play together there are fireworks, so Go fans everywhere are in for a treat!
The final will be played next month, from December 11-13, in Shanghai, China and will be broadcast live on Baduk TV.
Who are you rooting for?
Because of their exciting fighting styles, Lee Sedol and Gu Li are two of the most popular players among Go spectators.
It’s hard to choose a favorite when these two great partners dance together on the board, but if you had to, who are rooting for in the final, and why?
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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
Gu Li vs Park Junghwan – Game 1
Lee Sedol vs Choi Cheolhan – Game 1
Park Junghwan vs Gu Li – Game 2
Choi Cheolhan vs Lee Sedol – Game 2