Won Seongjin wins 16th Samsung Cup!

At long last, on December 5, 2011, China’s Gu Li 9p and Korea’s Won Seongjin 9p met in Shanghai to decide the winner of the 16th Samsung Cup.

Won Seongjin (9 dan) wins the 16th Samsung Cup.

Gu Li, the defending champion

Gu, as the defending champion, probably had a slight edge over Won, entering the finals. Gu has won just about every major international title, except the Ing Cup.

Won Seongjin, a reason to be confident?

Until today, Won was the only one out of the ‘baby cow trio’ who hadn’t yet claimed a major international title – the other two are Choi Cheolhan 9p and Park Younghun 9p.

However, having bested Gu in the 2008 China-Korean Tengen, Won must have entered the final with some degree of confidence.

Won opened his campaign well, defeating Gu in the first match on December 5. However Gu answered by taking the second match the following day.

Won wins!

On December 7, 2011, Won defeated Gu again, taking the 16th Samsung Cup and winning his first major international title.

Congratulations Won Seongjin!

Poll results

For those of you who are wondering, here are the results from our earlier poll. It looks like very few of us at Go Game Guru picked it this time, but isn’t it nice to be surprised sometimes?

Who will win the 16th Samsung Cup?

In other news, Lee Changho and Lee Sedol are currently tied at one-all in the 2nd Olleh KT Cup final. The match will wrap up before Christmas, so expect more news about it soon.

Photos from the 16th Samsung Cup final

Game records

Game record: Gu Li vs Won Seongjin – Game 1


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Game record: Won Seongjin vs Gu Li – Game 2


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Game record: Won Seongjin vs Gu Li – Game 3


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  1. 20 million won for Won because he won!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Nice tongue twister. How about when Won won weiqi Won won more than one won.

      Can anybody do better? 🙂

      • Brandon Matt says:

        I don’t know about better, but I can say that Won won one today! If Won wins more like he won today, it’ll be hard to win against Won. Won will be wonning in all those wons….

  2. Byung Soo Lee says:

    I am too weak to know, but I thought that Gu Li tried some cool stuff in these games. It reminded me of Mr. An’s description of his play as “humane, dynamic, and romantic”. Do you know if Mr. An will comment on one of them? Thanks.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Yes, I thought both Won and Gu played some really interesting Go in these three games. Younggil mentioned that he intends to comment one of them, probably the last game. I’ll study these myself, but I’m looking forward to seeing a commentary too.

  3. great he won he is a friend of Blackie’s(kim seungjun 9p), we played foot tennis with him at samsung cup

  4. The baby cow trio strike again 😉 This can be mentioned now in your article about him: http://gogameguru.com/top-20-go-players-won-seongjin-li-zhe/