21st Samsung Cup 2016 – Seoul, South Korea
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|
|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|
|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.