Olleh KT Cup
Olleh KT Cup was a Korean professional tournament held from 2010 to 2013, sponsored by the Korean telecommunications company Olleh KT. Games were telecasted. Title match was best of 5. Total prizes are 700,000,000 Won and the prize for the winner is 100,000,000 Won.
- 1st 2010: Lee Sedol (d. Kang Dongyun 3-1)
- 2nd 2011: Lee Sedol (d. Lee Changho 3-1)
- 3rd 2012: Lee Sedol (d. Choi Cheolhan 3-1)
- 4th 2013: Kim Jiseok (d. Mok Jinseok 3-0)
In the first edition of the tournament, the tournament is structured as follows:
- First preliminary round: the 48 lowest seeded players (53rd to 100th seeds) each play a single game; 24 players win. 52 out of 100 players have not competed yet.
- Second preliminary round: 24 winners of the first round play against the 24 lowest seeded players (29th to 52nd seeds) that have not played so far; 24 players win. 28 out of 100 players have not competed yet.
- Third preliminary round: 24 winners of the second round complete against each other leaving 12 winners.
- Fourth preliminary round: 12 winners of the third round play against the 12 lowest seeded players (17th to 28th seeds) that have not played so far; 12 players win. 16 out of 100 players have not competed yet.
- Fifth preliminary round: 12 winners for the fourth round compete against the 12 lowest seeded players (5th to 16th seeds) that have not played so far; 12 players win. Only the top four seeds have not competed yet.
- Final knockout tournament: 12 winners from the fourth round and the top four seeded players play a four round knockout tournament to determine the champion.
First edition preliminary round results and brief notes of the 16 finalists can be on this Italian blog date 24 August 2010.
In the second edition the tournament's arrangements were slighty changed: only two preliminaries were held (28 players advance) and the tournament table was composed of 32 players.
About the name
"Olleh KT" is the name of a Korean telecommunications company. Originally "KT" for "Korea Telecom", it adopted a new corporate identity "Olleh KT" after a merger with another Korean telecommunications company. "Olleh" is "hello" spelt backwards.