The quarter and semifinals of the 19th LG Cup were played on November 17 and 19, 2014, in Gangwon, Korea. Here a short review (as 1:1 reprint with CC Licencese) by Jing on 20th November 2014 (found @ GoGameGuru)
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And then there were four
When GoGameGuru last reported on the LG Cup, Korea and China were evenly pegged – with four players each in the quarter finals.
Korean fans were quietly optimistic after last year’s disastrous 18th LG Cup and the Korean players more than redeemed themselves!
Two friends in the finals
While Korean fans were celebrating prematurely, with the title secured for Korea, there was more work to be done for the Korean players.
But first things first – reviewing their wins from the quarter finals!
Kim’s sharp reading and perfect endgame secured his second international final appearance.
Kim will be joined by his good friend, Park Junghwan, who outlasted Park Younghun.
The finals will be played at Seoul National University, from February 9 to 12, 2015.
Park Junghwan and Kim Jiseok will face one another in a best of three match.
The LG Cup
The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. It started in 1996 and the prize money is currently 300 million Won approximately $270,00 USD at the time of writing). The runner up receives 100 million Won.
The main draw of 32 players is part invitational, comprising of 5 Korean players, 5 Chinese players, 4 Japanese players, 1 Taiwanese player and including the previous year’s winner and runner up.
The rest of the main draw is determined through a preliminary tournament. The format is single knockout, with the final played as a best of three games.
The tournament is sponsored by LG Electronics, a multinational consumer electronics company whose headquarters are in South Korea.
The time limit is 3 hours and 5 x 40 sec byo-yomi for each player.
(Source: 11/20/2014 – GoGameGuru)