Korea wins 14th Nongshim Cup

On March 1, 2013, the 14th Nongshim Cup concluded with Park Junghwan 9p defeating Jiang Weijie 9p and reclaiming the Cup for Korea.

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

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Park Junghwan 9 dan – Anchorman for Team Korea at the 14th Nongshim Cup.

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.

After defeating Wang Xi 9p and Murakawa Daisuke 7p in the last round, Choi was up against his natural enemy - Chen Yaoye 9p.

Much to Choi’s relief, he finally managed to break his losing streak (of 8 games in a row) against Chen.

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Choi Cheolhan (9 dan, right) breaks his losing streak against Chen Yaoye (9 dan, left).

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.

Xie has a special affinity for this tournament. His record at the Nongshim Cup is second only to Lee Changho 9p’s and he was promoted to 9p based on his excellent play at last year’s Nongshim Cup.

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Solid and dependable: Xie He 9 dan.

Park Junghwan brings it home

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Jiang Weijie 9 dan’s Nongshim Cup debut.

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.

14th Nongshim Cup photos

Game records

Chen Yaoye vs Choi Cheolhan

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Choi Cheolhan vs Xie He

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Xie He vs Park Junghwan

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Park Junghwan vs Jiang Weijie

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Comments

  1. moboy780 says:

    both of Park Jungwhan’s games are just show the same kifu on my computer. Is this just me?

    • There was a problem just after I published this, but we fixed it straight away. You should be able to see the game now, but you might have to refresh the page.

  2. Uberdude says:

    Hmm, seems like quite a blunder from Jiang to not realise p6 was sente!

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