Samsung Cup

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The Samsung Cup (Korean: 삼성화재배, Hanja: 三星火災杯) is a Go competition.


The Samsung Cup is an international competition. The official name is The Samsung Insurance World Masters Baduk. The Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance of South Korea (which is a branch of the Samsung Group) and Hanguk Kiwon host the competition. The format starts with a preliminary tournament in which even amateur players are allowed to play. After the preliminaries, 16 players who advance plus the last four players of the previous year make up the main event. The semi-finals have a best-of-3 format, while the final has a best-of-3 match.

The latest edition starts off with the preliminaries, and then it is followed by splitting the players into 8 groups, with 4 players in each. There are three rounds, which are used to determine the 16 players that will be in the main tournament. The players must win two of their matches in order to advance to the round of 16. If there is someone with one win and one loss, they will play each other to see who can gain the second win. Obviously the people with two losses, whether they have a win or not, will be eliminated from the tournament.

Past winners and runners-up[edit]

Year Nat. Winner Score Nat. Runner-up
1996 Japan Yoda Norimoto 2–1 South Korea Yoo Changhyuk
1997 South Korea Lee Chang-ho 3–0 Japan Kobayashi Satoru
1998 South Korea Lee Chang-ho 3–2 China Ma Xiaochun
1999 South Korea Lee Chang-ho 3–0 Japan Cho Sonjin
2000 South Korea Yoo Changhyuk 3–1 Japan Yamada Kimio
2001 South Korea Cho Hunhyun 2–1 China Chang Hao
2002 South Korea Cho Hunhyun 2–0 China Wang Lei
2003 Japan Cho Chikun 2–1 South Korea Pak Yeong-hun
2004 South Korea Lee Sedol 2–0 China Wang Xi
2005 China Luo Xihe 2–1 South Korea Lee Chang-ho
2006 China Chang Hao 2–0 South Korea Lee Chang-ho
2007 South Korea Lee Sedol 2–1 South Korea Pak Yeong-hun
2008 South Korea Lee Sedol 2–0 China Kong Jie
2009 China Kong Jie 2–0 China Qiu Jun
2010 China Gu Li 2–1 South Korea Heo Yeong-ho
2011 South Korea Won Seong-jin 2–1 China Gu Li
2012 South Korea Lee Sedol 2–1 China Gu Li
2013 China Tang Weixing 2–0 South Korea Lee Sedol