Lee Sedol’s hat trick
This year is Lee’s Olleh KT Cup hat trick, and his three consecutive Olleh KT wins make him the tournament’s only winner so far!
Fun for all
Olleh KT always makes an occasion of the tournament, ensuring that fans also get a taste of the excitement.
There are cute mascots and simultaneous games with pros.
Best of all, young fans get to take part in the children’s tournament and rub shoulders with their favourite pros.
The Olleh KT Cup
The Olleh KT Cup is a domestic Korean Go tournament sponsored by a Korean telecommunications company called Olleh KT.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, ‘olleh’ is ‘hello’ spelt backwards!
There are several preliminary rounds, leading to a final knockout tournament with a best of 5 final.
The preliminary rounds are somewhat convoluted and unique, as with some other Korean tournaments (like the Samsung Cup).
How the Olleh KT Cup works
- The top 100 players are seeded, based on their current ranking.
- The bottom 48 players are paired in a knockout round. 24 players progress and the losers are eliminated.
- The 24 winners from the first round are paired against the next 24 lowest seeded players. Once again, only 24 proceed.
- The draw is folded, pitting the 24 players who’ve survived so far against one another. 12 players will progress. The top 28 players haven’t played any games so far.
- The 12 players who’ve made it through are paired against the next 12 players (from the group of 28), once again in a knockout. The top 16 players still haven’t played.
- Seeds 5 to 16 enter the knockout to compete with the 12 players who won the last round. The 12 who win progress to the round of 16.
- Round of 16: The top 4 seeds enter the pool, along with the remaining 12 from the last round. 8 players progress to the quarter finals.
- Quarter finals.
- Semi finals.
- Final – best of 5 games.
3rd Olleh KT Cup photos
Choi Cheolhan vs Lee Sedol – Game 1
Lee Sedol vs Choi Cheolhan – Game 2
Choi Cheolhan vs Lee Sedol – Game 3
Lee Sedol vs Choi Cheolhan – Game 4