Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Tang Weixing – 2014 Samsung Cup

This is game 2 from the 2014 Samsung Cup final.

The game was played between Kim Jiseok 9p and Tang Weixing 9p, on December 10, 2014, in Xian, China.

Tang Weixing Kim Jiseok 2014 Samsung Cup picture

Tang Weixing 9 dan (left) and Kim Jiseok 9 dan at the 2014 Samsung Cup final

Kim takes an early lead

Kim Jiseok 9p won game 1 of the final. Tang was ahead at the beginning of the endgame, but he made a couple of mistakes and lost the game.

It was very unusual to see the endgame mistakes from Tang, because he’s generally good at endgame. Anyway, it was unfortunate for Tang, and Kim had a nice start in this final.

Head to head record

The head to head record before this final was 3-1 for Kim’s favor.

However, Kim’s losing game was in the quarter final of the 2013 Samsung Cup, and eventually Tang won his first international title with defeating Lee Sedol by 2-0 in the final.

In the group stage of round of 32, Kim and Tang already played each other, and Kim won that game. Tang had to play one more game, and he defeated Choi Cheolhan 9p to proceed to the round of 16.

Earlier in the Samsung Cup

Tang defeated Murakawa Daisuke 8p and Kang Dongyun 9p in the round of 16 and quarter finals respectively, and he defeated Park Junghwan 9p in the semifinals by 2-1.

On the other hand, Kim defeated Rui Naiwei 9p and Rong Yi 4p in the round of 16 and quarter finals respectively, and he defeated Shi Yue 9p in the semifinals by 2-0.

Both Kim and Tang defeated the #1 players from China and Korea in the semifinals, and this final was expected as a very interesting match.

Tang was aiming to win the Samsung Cup again as the defending champion. Meanwhile, it was the first time for Kim to be in the final of an international tournament.

Let’s have a look at game 2 of the 2014 Samsung Cup final.

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