The Samsung Cup is an annual international title. Starting with the 10th Samsung Cup, time limits are reduced to two hours each of regular time with 5 periods of 1 minute byoyomi. The winner's prize was ₩200,000,000 (about $200,000 USD) until 2011 and now is ₩300,000,000 (about $300,000 USD).
The main event currently consists of two tournaments. In the first, 32 players are divided into four person blocks. Each block sends two players to the second tournament, chosen via a single-elimination knockout and a losers' knockout. The second tournament is single elimination, with best of three matches in the semifinals and final.
Through the 13th Samsung in 2008-2009, the main event was a 32-player knockout tournament, leading up to a final match which has varied between a best of three match and a best of five match.
|1st||Sep 1996 - Nov 1996||Yoda Norimoto||Yu Ch'ang-hyeok||2-1|
|2nd||Aug 1997 - Nov 1997||Yi Ch'ang-ho||Kobayashi Satoru||3-0|
|3rd||Sep 1998 - Feb 1999||Yi Ch'ang-ho||Ma Xiaochun||3-2|
|4th||Sep 1999 - Dec 1999||Yi Ch'ang-ho||Cho Sonjin||3-0|
|5th||Aug 2000 - Dec 2000||Yu Ch'ang-hyeok||Yamada Kimio||3-1|
|6th||Aug 2001 - Dec 2001||Cho Hun-hyeon||Chang Hao||2-1|
|7th||Aug 2002 - Jan 2003||Cho Hun-hyeon||Wang Lei Sr.||2-0|
|8th||Aug 2003 - Dec 2003||Cho Chikun||Pak Yeong-hun||2-1|
|9th||Sep 2004 - Dec 2004||Yi Se-tol||Wang Xi||2-0|
|10th||Sep 2005 - Jan 2006||Luo Xihe||Yi Ch'ang-ho||2-1|
|11th||Sep 2006 - Jan 2007||Chang Hao||Yi Ch'ang-ho||2-0|
|12th||Sep 2007 - Jan 2008||Yi Se-tol||Pak YeongHun||2-0|
|13th||Sep 2008 - Jan 2009||Yi Se-tol||Kong Jie||2-0|
|14th||Aug 2009 - Dec 2009||Kong Jie||Qiu Jun||2-0|
|15th||Aug 2010 - Dec 2010||Gu Li||Heo Yeong-ho||2-1|
|16th||Aug 2011 - Dec 2011||Won Sungjin||Gu Li||2-1|
|17th||Sep 2012 - Dec 2012||Yi Se-tol||Gu Li||2-1|
|18th||Sep 2013 - Dec 2013||Tang Weixing||Yi Se-tol||2-0|
|19th||Aug 2014 - Dec 2014||Kim Jiseok||Tang Weixing||2-0|
|20th||Aug 2015 - Dec 2015||Ke Jie||Shi Yue||2-0|
|21st||Sep 2016 - Dec 2016||Ke Jie||Tuo Jiaxi||2-1|
 The dates given are for the main knockout tournament, including the final match. Preliminary events are held earlier.
 Park won the first game of the 2003 final by 4.5 points with white.
Cho won the second and the third game by resignation with white.
Let's discuss the final game at Samsung 2003 Game 3.
 Could also be explained as a small double elimination tournament where the two finalists go through into the main round.