BC Card Cup

The BC Card Cup was an international Go tournament sponsored by BC Card, Korea’s largest credit card company. The inaugural tournament was held in 2009.
The format was a single knockout of 64 players: 3 from Korea, 2 from China, 2 from Japan, 1 from Taiwan, 2 wild cards (chosen by the Korean Baduk Association) and 54 players who qualified through the preliminary rounds, which were open to anyone. The finals were played as a best of five match.
The BC Card Cup was discontinued in 2014, with the 4th BC Card Cup in 2013 being the last tournament.

An interview with Baek Hongseok

Recently Baek Hongseok won the 4th BC Card Cup, and many of you followed the news or watched the games on Baduk TV. I also commented some of his games with Dang Yifei from the final earlier. Baek talked to me on the phone about the BC Card Cup and some other things. Here’s what he had to say…

Go Commentary: Dang Yifei vs Baek Hongseok – 4th BC Card Cup Final – Game 4

This is the 4th and last game from the final of the 4th BC Card Cup. It’s between Baek Hongseok (9p) and Dang Yifei (4p). Dang won the first game, but Baek won the second and the third games. At this point, Baek is leading the series 2-1. Let’s have a look at the game…

Go Commentary: Dang Yifei vs Baek Hongseok – 4th BC Card Cup Final – Game 2

This is the second game of the 4th BC Card Cup final between Baek Hongseok (9p) and Dang Yifei (4p). Baek Hongseok is currently ranked number 8 in Korea. This is his first time in the final of an international tournament. As this game begins, Dang’s on a 17 game winning streak in international matches, and it’s really amazing…

Baek Hongseok wins 4th BC Card Cup

On May 16, 2012, much to the delight of Korean Go fans, Baek Hongseok defeated Dang Yifei of China to win the 4th BC Card Cup 3 games to 1. Congratulations to Baek Hongseok on his first major international win and Dang Yifei on his impressive performance in reaching the finals.

Go Commentary: Dang Yifei vs Park Younghun – 4th BC Card Cup

This is a game between Park Younghun and Dang Yifei from the quarter finals of the 4th BC Card Cup. Park Younghun’s ranked number 3 in Korea. On the other hand, Dang Yifei is a new face. He was ranked number 54 in China before this tournament, but he beat Lee Sedol and Tan Xiao before this game. Lee and Tan are number one in Korea and China respectively.

4th BC Card Cup finals about to begin!

Korea’s lone rider, Baek Hongseok, is still on his horse in the 4th BC Card Cup. On May 9, 2012 Baek defeated China’s Hu Yaoyu to reach the final. The following day, China’s Dang Yifei defeated fellow countryman Piao Wenyao, to join Baek in the finals. Dang has had a dream run at this year’s tournament, beating Lee Sedol and Park Younghun along the way.

Go Commentary: Mi Yuting vs Lee Changho – 4th BC Card Cup

This game is from the round of 32 in the 4th BC Card Cup. It’s between Lee Changho (9p) and Mi Yuting (3p). Lee Changho is one of the most well known players in the world, but he’s not in very good form these days. On the other hand, Mi Yuting is a newbie for Go fans. He’s very young, but he’s a rising star in China…

4th BC Card Cup: Down to the final four

On April 16 and 17, 2012, the quarter finals of the 4th BC Card Cup were played at TV studios in Seoul, Korea. When we last checked on this tournament’s progress China was dominating the draw, claiming 13 spots in the round of 16. Now only four players remain…

China on a roll in 4th BC Card Cup

The 4th BC Card Cup has now reached the round of 32. This year’s tournament has been full of upsets with favorites falling left and right in the early rounds. Here’s how things stand as of March 20, 2012…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – 3rd BC Card Cup Game 5

This is a commentary of the fifth and final game from the finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup, between Lee Sedol (9p) and Gu Li (9p). This game had less fighting than the other games in the series, but was more subtle and delicate than their earlier matches.