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Samsung Fire Cup

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

Samsung Fire Cup
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Full nameSamsung Fire & Marine Insurance World Masters Baduk
SponsorsSamsung Fire & Marine Insurance
Prize money300,000,000 Won ($216,600)



The Samsung Cup is an international Go competition. The official name is The Samsung Fire & Marine 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-upEdit

Lee Chang-ho get 11th Samsung Fire Cup Runner-up trophy
Year Nat. Winner Score Nat. Runner-up
1996   Yoda Norimoto 2–1   Yoo Chang-hyuk
1997   Lee Chang-ho 3–0   Kobayashi Satoru
1998-1999 3–2   Ma Xiaochun
1999 3–0   Cho Son-jin
2000 Yoo Chang-hyuk 3–1   Yamada Kimio
2001 Cho Hun-hyun 2–1   Chang Hao
2002-2003 2–0   Wang Lei
2003   Cho Chikun 2–1   Pak Yeong-hun
2004   Lee Se-dol 2–0   Wang Xi
2005-2006   Luo Xihe 2–1   Lee Chang-ho
2006-2007   Chang Hao 2–0
2007-2008   Lee Se-dol 2–1   Pak Yeong-hun
2008-2009 2–0   Kong Jie
2009   Kong Jie 2–0   Qiu Jun
2010   Gu Li 2–1   Heo Yeong-ho
2011   Won Seong-jin 2–1   Gu Li
2012   Lee Se-dol 2–1
2013   Tang Weixing 2–0   Lee Se-dol
2014   Kim Ji-seok 2–0   Tang Weixing
2015   Ke Jie 2–0   Shi Yue
2016 2–1   Tuo Jiaxi
2017 Gu Zihao 2-1   Tang Weixing
2018 Ke Jie 2-1   An Kukhyun

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