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19th LG CUP 2014 (quarter and semi finals): The Korean Comeback…

gogameguru-logoThe 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)


 ec34b0cfc5d7e4d45ca68a3cdeddc9c2About Jing

Jing likes writing, and can occasionally be convinced to play a game of Go. Although she doesn’t play Go as often as she once did, she still enjoys following the professional Go scene and writing about it on Go Game Guru. You can find Jing on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

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!

Park Junghwan 9p dispatched Chen Yaoye 9p without too much fuss.


Meanwhile, Choi Cheolhan 9p proved too strong for Fan Tingyu 9p.


Park Younghun 9p taught youngster Xie Erhao 2p a lesson or two.


And Kim Jiseok 9p knocked out the defending champion, Tuo Jiaxi 9p.


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

wo Parks – Park Younghun 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.

wo Parks – Park Younghun 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 19th LG Cup.


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

lg_top_logo_engThe 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)

Download / Install the programme for Live Cast from the official LG Cup website



About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…


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