The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea. The sponsor, Nongshim, is a Korean instant noodles company.
Korea won the 12th Nongshim Cup last year. In fact, Korea has tended to dominate this event, winning it 10 times.
In contrast, up until now, China and Japan had only won it once each.
Tan defeated Hane Naoki 9p and Yuki Satoshi 9p of Japan and An Kukhyun 3p and Kang Yootaek 4p of Korea. Kim defeated Tan, as well as Yamashita Keigo 9p of Japan and Piao Wenyao 9p and Gu Li 9p of China.
One of the reasons Korea has won the Nongshim Cup so many times is Lee Changho and his excellent performance as Korea’s ‘goal keeper’. It was never going to be an easy game for Xie.
However, even though Xie He is ranked 7 dan, he’s currently the number one player in China (tied with Tan Xiao) and, as we’ve noted before on Go Game Guru, he’s probably the most talented Chinese player never to win an international title.
It was a battle of wills as both players struggled for every last point in drawn out ko fights. Black eventually won by 3.5 points, giving China its second win in the Nongshim Cup.
Congratulations Team China!