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21st Samsung Cup 2016 – Seoul, South Korea

World Division-Preliminary

The Samsung Cup is a prestigious international Go competition held every year since 1996 and it’s one of the toughest Go tournaments as top class players from Korea, China , Japan , Taiwan and even amateurs can take part in the preliminary rounds and compete in the final stage to win attractive prizes of almost 300.000 us$ which makes it comparable with the major titles in Japan like Kisei, Honinbo and Meijin.

The official name of the tournament is The Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance World Masters Baduk.

The host of this big international event is Hankuk Kiwon ( Korean Baduk Association ) which is located in Seoul, S. Korea.

Usually the format of the Samsung Cup starts with a preliminary tournament where top pro players and top amateurs are invited to play in order to qualify for the last 32 players main event which is a Knock-Out tournament with best of 3 games played in the finals.

This year’s World Division preliminary rounds were held in S. Korea at Hankuk Kiwon from july 17 till july 20 and 1 player got the seat for the final stage of the tournament.

Among the 12 players who took part in the qualification there were 4 european players who joined as well: Ali Jabarin 1p from Israel, Pavol Lisy 1p from Slovakia, Mateusz Surma 1p from Poland and Cornel Burzo 6d from Romania.

All the games started at 1p.m ( local time in Seoul ) with 1 round/ day and time limits : main time 2 hours/ player and byo yomi 1min/5times

Only 8 players took part in the 1st round, including 3 of the Europeans.

The other 4 players got automatically seated in the 2nd round and played the winners from the first round .

1st round :

Ho Yang Fei (5d) – Cornel Burzo (6d) 0-1
Luciano Salerno (2d) – Manuel Velasco (6d) 0-1
Pavol Lisy (1p) –Karuehawanit Wichrich (4d) 1-0
Mateusz Surma (1p) – Khanh Lam Bui Le (5d) 1-0

2nd round:

Cornel Burzo (6d) – Eric Lui (1p) 1-0
Manuel Velasco (6d) – Ali Jabarin (1p) 0-1
Pavol Lisy (1p) – Andrew Huang (7d) 1-0
Mateusz Surma (1p) – Guang Chow (7d) 1-0

It was quite impressive that all 4 european players managed to get in the last 4 to compete for the seat in this Samsung Cup great event.

3rd round :

Cornel Burzo (6d) – Ali Jabarin (1p) 0-1
Pavol Lisy (1p) – Mateusz Surma (1p) 1-0

Final :

Ali Jabarin( 1p )- Pavol Lisy (1p ) 1-0

Congrats to the winner of this year’s World Division Ali Jabarin 1p and let’s hope he will make a great performance in the Samsung Cup tournament along with top pros like Ke Jie 9p, the winner of this big event in 2015.

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