Samsung Cup

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Chinese: 三星杯
Korean: 삼성화재배

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[6]. 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.

Winners and defeated finalists
Edition Time[1] Winner Runner-up Result
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[2]
8th Aug 2003 - Dec 2003 Cho Chikun Pak Yeong-hun 2-1[3]
9th Sep 2004 - Dec 2004 Yi Se-tol Wang Xi 2-0[4]
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[5]
18th Sep 2013 - Dec 2013 Tang Weixing Yi Se-tol 2-0

[1] The dates given are for the main knockout tournament, including the final match. Preliminary events are held earlier.

[2] See Samsung 2002 Game 1 for questions and comments about the spectacular first game of the 7th Samsung Cup final.

[3] 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.

[4] See also Samsung 2004 Dispute.

[5] Discussed at Samsung 2012 Game 1, Samsung 2012 Game 2 and Samsung 2012 Game 3

[6] Could also be explained as a small double elimination tournament where the two finalists go through into the main round.


Samsung Cup last edited by 86.181.105.145 on July 3, 2014 - 08:50
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