With this win, Korea continues its undisputed dominance in this team tournament – this is the Korean team’s 11th win in the history of the Nongshim Cup.
Park Junghwan meets expectations
Korea’s new anchorman, Park Junghwan, lived up to the hype of being handpicked by none other than Lee Changho 9p.
This was Park’s first appearance at the Nongshim Cup, and positioning him as the goalkeeper shows just how much faith Korean players have in him.
Interestingly, Park’s final opponent and China’s anchorman, Jiang Weijie, was another Nongshim Cup newbie.
Choi Cheolhan overcomes his demons
On February 26, 2013, everyone was watching Choi Cheolhan 9p as play resumed in Shanghai for the final round.
Much to Choi’s relief, he finally managed to break his losing streak (of 8 games in a row) against Chen.
Xie He axes the Choi Cheolhan show
Choi’s respite was short lived, however, as he was knocked out by China’s next player and his other nemesis, Xie He 9p.
With two players left on the Chinese team and only Park Junghwan remaining for Korea, the odds were still in China’s favor.
Park Junghwan brings it home
Unfortunately for Xie, his run this year was quickly curtailed by Park.
And Jiang Weijie, China’s last man standing, fared no better.
With Park’s two wins the Korean team was victorious, bringing the Nongshim Cup back home to Korea.
Congratulations Team Korea!
The Nongshim Cup
The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea.
The sponsor, Nongshim, is a Korean instant noodles company.
The tournament uses a win and continue format, which is common in these team events.
Korea has dominated this event, winning it 11 times. In contrast, China has won the tournament twice and Japan only once.