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.

4 players left standing in the 16th Samsung Cup

On October 5th, 2011, the 16th Samsung Cup reached the quarter finals. Of the hundreds of players who started this tournament only four remain standing. Representing China, we have Chen Yaoye and Gu Li. Meanwhile, Korea’s still fielding Won Seongjin and 16 year old 1 dan, Na Hyun. The quarter final featured some exciting pairings and the resulting games didn’t disappoint. See all the results and games from today and tell us who you think will win the tournament!

16th Samsung Cup: Kong Jie, Gu Li knock out Lee Sedol, Lee Changho

The round of 16 in the 16th Samsung Cup concluded today, with two highly anticipated games. In one corner, Korea’s Lee Sedol and Lee Changho stood ready to do battle. In the other corner China’s Kong Jie and Gu Li were ready to rumble. Unfortunately for Korea, China came out 2-0. Meanwhile Kim Jiseok, Lee Younggu, Chen Yaoye, Na Hyun, Won Seongjin and Park Younghun also made it through to the quarter finals.

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Chen Yaoye – 16th Samsung Cup

This is a commentary of the game between Park Junghwan (9p) and Chen Yaoye (9p), in the round of 32 of the 16th Samsung Cup. The game features novel and creative moves from both players in the early opening and middle game. Park tries a new move during the opening and Chen manages it superbly. Once again Chen demonstrates his skill in defending and counter attacking.

16th Samsung Cup: Group stage concludes

On August 26 2011, the group stage of the 16th Samsung Cup concluded in Beijing and the draw for the round of 16 was announced. Fans of the Stone Buddha will be relieved to know that Lee Changho (9p), who only joined the main draw through receiving a wildcard, made it to the round of 16. Unfortunately, Park Junghwan (9p), the recent winner of the 24th Fujitsu Cup, did not progress through the ‘Group of Death’.

The 16th Samsung Cup begins

On August 24 2011, Go professionals from China, Japan and Korea gathered in Beijing for the main tournament of the 16th Samsung Cup. Some had won a spot in the main draw by playing through preliminaries, others were seeded based on last year’s performance. Lee Changho (9p) of Korea received this year’s wildcard. The Samsung Cup draw is convoluted, though arguably fairer than a straight knockout format…

Go Commentary: Joanne Missingham vs Park Jieun – 16th Samsung Cup

This game is from a preliminary match in the 16th Samsung Cup, between Joanne Missingham (5p) and Park Jieun (9p). These two played a game in the final of the Bingsheng Cup last September (2010), and Park won that game to take the title. Jieun is one of the strongest female players in Korea, along with Rui Naiwei (9p) and Cho Hyeyeon (9p). On the other hand, Joanne must be the strongest female player in Taiwan and she has had good results lately.

Get ready for the 16th Samsung Cup!

The main draw of the 16th Samsung Cup is about to be finalized, with just one more preliminary match between Baek Sungho (9p) and Kim Soojang (9p) to be played today (August 9, 2011). Find out how your favorite players have done and whether they’ve made it through to the main draw. With some unexpected results, several well known players haven’t managed to qualify and need a wildcard from the tournament organizers to continue.