The 4th Zhaoshang Cup was played on March 21 and 23, 2014, in Hangzhou, China.
Teams China and Korea competed in a seven board team tournament of the top players from the two countries.
Round 1 was held on March 21 and Team Korea won 4-3 against Team China.
Round 2 took place on March 23 and Team China came back with a 4-3 win or their own.
Almost a tie
This resulted in a tie, with a total score of 7-7 over the two day event.
To resolve the tie and decide a winner, the result from the captains’ match was used as a tie breaker (according to the tournament rules).
Park Junghwan 9p represented team Korea as captain and Shi Yue 9p played as captain for team China. Both Park and Shi are both currently ranked #1 in their own countries.
Park won his game against Shi, which meant that Team Korea won the 4th Zhaoshang Cup by a whisker.
Echoes of 2013
Last year, at the 3rd Zhaoshang Cup, there were five boards and the match was also tied (at 5-5). Like this year, the captains’ match was used as a tie breaker and Korea won after Kim Jiseok 9p defeated Fan Tingyu 9p.
Lee Sedol meets Gu Li
Lee and Gu are going to play the 3rd game of their jubango this Sunday (March 30), so this game was something of a prelude for them. Hopefully this win will serve to bolster Gu’s confidence, as he currently trails 0-2 in their ten game match.
It also provides another exciting game record for fans of these two players.
Park Junghwan vs Shi Yue
The captains’ match between Park Junghwan and Shi Yue was the most important game in this competition. It was much more important than a normal game.
Park lost to Shi in the final of the Nongshim Cup about a month ago and their head to head record stood at 5-1 in Shi’s favor. Because of that, many Go fans expected that Shi would win again, but Park prevailed this time.
Positive news for Korean baduk
All the players who represented Team China are world champions, but only three of Korea’s members are world champions. Despite this, they were able to tie the match at 7-7 and eventually win the competition.
This is positive news for the Korean baduk world, and should help the players to regain some much needed confidence against China’s top players.
An unusual tournament
All 14 games in this tournament ended in resignation, which is very unusual. I thinks that’s because the players played more aggressively, and less cautiously, possibly because it was a team competition.
When I reviewed the game records, I could see many complicated games. The games generally seemed more complicated than those seen in other individual tournaments or the Nongshim Cup. You might feel that too if you review the games from this tournament.
It looks like there are more and more new international events and tournaments being established and held in China. That’s because they’ve been doing very well for the last few years, but I still think it will be more fun and interesting if top Korean and Japanese players can compete on an equal footing.
Team China won the 1st Zhaoshang Cup with a 7-3 score, and they also won the 2nd (6-4). However, Team Korea won the 3rd (5-5, captain’s win) and 4th by (7-7, captain’s win) to make the overall record in this tournament a tie.
The number of players on each team was increased from five to seven this year, but I’m not sure whether they’ll continue with this arrangement next year.
Detailed 4th Zhaoshang Cup results
|Team Korea||Color||Result||Color||Team China|
|Park Junghwan 9p||(W)||O X||(B)||Zhou Ruiyang 9p|
|Kim Jiseok 9p||(B)||X O||(W)||Fan Tingyu 9p|
|Na Hyun 3p||(W)||O X||(B)||Chen Yaoye 9p|
|Byun Sangil 3p||(B)||O X||(W)||Gu Li 9p|
|Lee Sedol 9p||(W)||O X||(B)||Mi Yuting 9p|
|Lee Jihyun 4p||(B)||X O||(W)||Tang Weixing 9p|
|Choi Cheolhan 9p||(W)||X O||(B)||Shi Yue 9p|
|Park Junghwan 9p||(B)||O X||(W)||Shi Yue 9p|
|Kim Jiseok 9p||(W)||O X||(B)||Zhou Ruiyang 9p|
|Na Hyun 3p||(B)||O X||(W)||Fan Tingyu 9p|
|Byun Sangil 3p||(W)||X O||(B)||Chen Yaoye 9p|
|Lee Sedol 9p||(B)||X O||(W)||Gu Li 9p|
|Lee Jihyun 4p||(W)||X O||(B)||Mi Yuting 9p|
|Choi Cheolhan 9p||(B)||X O||(W)||Tang Weixing 9p|
The Zhaoshang Cup
The Zhaoshang Cup is an annual team tournament between China and Korea, which started in 2011. Each country sends a team to play a multi-board match, with two games each over two days.
For the first three years of tournament, there were five boards. In 2014, the number of boards increased to seven.
The time limit for games in the Zhaoshang Cup is 2 hours and 45 minutes, with 5 x 1 minute byo-yomi for each player.
The prize money for the winning team is 1,000,000 RMB (approximately $161,000 USD at the time of writing). The losing team receives 500,000 RMB.