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 best of three matches.
The time limit for games is 2 hours and 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi.
Samsung is a well known Korean conglomerate.

Yu Zhiying’s 2015 Samsung Cup breakthrough


Yu Zhiying stunned everyone this week, by defeating heavyweights Mok Jinseok and Choi Cheolhan, in her breakthrough performance at the 2015 Samsung Cup. Yu’s impressive play earned her a spot in the upcoming round of 16, as the only woman remaining at this stage of the tournament…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Chen Yaoye – 2013 Samsung Cup


This game is from the 2013 Samsung Cup, round of 16. The game was played between Lee Sedol 9p and Chen Yaoye 9p on October 8, 2013, in Daejeon, Korea…

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Park Junghwan – 2013 Samsung Cup


This is game 2 from the 2013 Samsung Cup group stage. The game was played between Gu Li and Park Junghwan on September 4, 2013, in Shanghai, China. Gu Li and Park Junghwan were both in group H, along with Yuki Satoshi and Liao Xingwen…

Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Tang Weixing – 2014 Samsung Cup


This is game 2 from the 2014 Samsung Cup final. The game was played between Kim Jiseok and Tang Weixing on December 10, 2014, in Xian, China…

Kim Jiseok takes his first international title – 2014 Samsung Cup


The final of the 2014 Samsung Cup was held on December 9 and 10, in Xi’an, China. China’s Tang Weixing was hoping to defend his title, while Korea’s Kim Jiseok was aiming for his first international title…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Tang Weixing – 2014 Samsung Cup


This is the last game of the 2014 Samsung Cup semifinals. This game was played between Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p, on November 7, 2014. Tang Weixing won the first game of this match, but Park tied the score in the second game, so this game would decide the finalist of 2014 Samsung Cup…

Kim Jiseok to face defending champion Tang Weixing in the 2014 Samsung Cup final


The 2014 Samsung Cup semifinals were played from November 5-7, 2014 in Daejeon, Korea. The pairing saw China’s top ranked Shi Yue pitted against Korea’s number 2, Kim Jiseok, and China’s number 9, Tang Weixing, take on Korea’s leading player, Park Junghwan…

China and Korea go head to head in 2014 Samsung Cup quarter finals


The 2014 Samsung Cup resumed this week, with the round of 16 and the quarter finals taking place in Daejeon, Korea. The Round of 16 was held on October 14, 2014. There were eight players from China, seven from Korea and one from Japan…

Rui Naiwei surprises everyone at the 2014 Samsung Cup


On August 26-28, players from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the USA gathered in Qingdao, China for the group stage of the 2014 Samsung Cup…

Tang Weixing defeats Lee Sedol in 2013 Samsung Cup – China sweeps international Go in 2013


The 2013 Samsung Cup final was played on December 10 and 11, 2013, at the Shilla Hotel in Suzhou, China. Tang Weixing defeated Lee Sedol 2-0 in the final, becoming a new world champion and 9 dan professional player. Not many people expected Tang Weixing to defeat Lee Sedol, because…