2016 is divisible by four, which means only one thing to Go fans – forget the Olympics, it’s an Ing Cup year!
The semifinals of the 8th Ing Cup were held in Wuhan, China from June 10 to 14, 2016.
Shi Yue vs Tang Weixing
Why desperately? Tang and Shi are both members of China’s ‘post-1990 one hit wonders club‘, a group of young professionals born after 1990 who have ‘only’ won a single international title.
So far, Ke Jie 9p is the only one in this cohort who has shaken off this somewhat dubious honor.
Lee Sedol vs Park Junghwan
Lee, who has won just about every other international title multiple times, was aiming to add a trophy he didn’t already have to his collection.
After two days of play, both matches were tied at 1–1.
Tang proved too strong for Shi, and Park defeated Lee to reach his second consecutive Ing Cup final.
When is the Ing Cup final?
The finals will be played as a best of five match in Beijing, China.
The first two games be played on August 10 and 12, 2016. The remaining games will be played on October 23, 25 and 26, 2016.
The first two rounds and quarter finals were played earlier this year, from April 20 to 24. Full results are listed below:
- Shi Yue 9p defeated Yamashita Keigo 9p
- Kono Rin 9p defeated Chen Yaoye 9p
- Park Younghun 9p defeated Gu Li 9p
- Hane Naoki 9p defeated Eric Lui (Lui Haojun) 1p
- Tang Weixing 9p defeated Yuki Satoshi 9p
- Mi Yuting 9p defeated Fan Hui 2p
- Lian Xiao 9p defeated Kim Jiseok 9p
- Kang Dongyun 9p defeated Qiu Jun 9p
- Won Seongjin 9p defeated Tuo Jiaxi 9p
- Lee Sedol 9p defeated Andy Liu (Liu Zhiyuan) 1p
- Lin Lixiang 7p defeated Na Hyun 6p
- Wang Yuanjun 7p defeated Mateusz Surma 1p
- Ke Jie 9p defeated Cho U 9p, and
- Huang Yunsong 4p defeated So Yokoku 9p.
- Shi Yue defeated Fan Tingyu 9p (seeded, defending champion)
- Kono Rin defeated Park Younghun
- Tang Weixing defeated Hane Naoki
- Kim Jiseok defeated Mi Yuting
- Kang Dongyun defeated Won Seongjin
- Lee Sedol defeated Lin Lixiang
- Ke Jie defeated Wang Yuanjun, and
- Park Junghwan 9p (seeded) defeated Huang Yunsong.
- Shi Yue defeated Kono Rin
- Tang Weixing defeated Kim Jiseok
- Lee Sedol defeated Kang Dongyun, and
- Park Junghwan defeated Ke Jie.
The Ing Cup
The Ing Cup is the oldest continuous international Go tournament for professionals.
It started in 1988, just after the inaugural (and now defunct) Fujitsu Cup, and is held every four years, coinciding with the Summer Olympics.
The format is a 30 player knockout with the defending champion and former runner-up seeded into the second round. Previous iterations of the tournament saw more players seeded into the second round.
The semifinals are played as best of 3 matches, and the final is a best of 5 match.
Lee Sedol vs Park Junghwan – Game 1
Park Junghwan vs Lee Sedol – Game 2
Park Junghwan vs Lee Sedol – Game 3
Tang Weixing vs Shi Yue – Game 1
Shi Yue vs Tang Weixing – Game 2
Tang Weixing vs Shi Yue – Game 3