|Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance|
|Korea Baduk Association|
The Samsung Cup is an international professional go competition.
Tournaments 1 through 12
The Samsung Cup World Open Baduk Championship (삼성화재배 세계바둑오픈, 星火災杯世界囲碁オープン戦, Sanrei Kasai Hai Sekai Igo OOPUN Sen, Samsung Fire Insurance Cup World Go OPEN Tournament), popularly known as the Samsung Cup, was an international go competition. It was played using Korean rules.
There was a preliminary open tournament. The top 16 players from the open advanced to the main tournament, along with the top 4 players from the previous year.
The semi-finals were played as best-of 3.
The finals were played as a best-of 3.
The top 4 players were seeded into next year's main tournament.
Tournaments 14 on
From the 14th iteration on, the event was renamed the Samsung Cup Baduk Masters (삼성화재배 월드 바둑마스터스, 三星火災杯 世界囲碁マスターズ, Sanrei Kasai Hai Sekai Igo MASUTAAZU, Samsung Fire Insurance Cup World Go Masters), popularly known as the Samsung Cup, and the format of the tournament was changed.
The first preliminary is an open tournament. The top 16 players advance to the second preliminary (14 men and 2 women).
The second preliminary is comprised of 32 players:
- 16 players from the first preliminary
- 4 semi-finalists from the previous year
- 4 players selected by the organizers based on their previous performance in the Samsung Cup
- 3 players from Korea
- 2 players from Japan
- 2 players from China
- 1 player selected by the organizers
The 32 players in the second preliminary are divided into 8 groups of 4 players. There are 3 rounds in the second preliminary. Players with 2 wins advance to the main tournament. Players tied at 1 win and 1 loss play off, with the winners advancing to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals are played as a best-of 3.
The finals are played as a best-of 3.
|No.||Main Tournament Duration|
|1||1996 September through 1996 November|
|2||1997 August through 1997 November|
|3||1998 September through 1999 February|
|4||1999 September through 1999 December|
|5||2000 August through 2000 December|
|6||2001 August through 2001 December|
|7||2002 August through 2003 January|
|8||2003 August through 2003 December|
|9||2004 December through 2004 December|
|10||2005 September through 2006 January|
|11||2006 September through 2007 January|
|12||2007 September through 2008 January|
|13||2008 September through 2009 January|
|14||2009 August through 2009 December|
|15||2010 August through 2010 December|
|16||2011 August through 2011 December|