China wins 15th Nongshim Cup in tightly fought match


Shi Yue and Team China win the 15th Nongshim Cup in a close final against Team Korea.

The 15th Nongshim Cup ended on February 28, 2014, with Team China emerging victorious.

A recap of the 15th Nongshim Cup

The last time we checked in at the 15th Nongshim Cup, at the end of round 2, Japan was all out.

Kim Jiseok 9p was in the chair at the end of round 2 and resumed the campaign for Korea, against China’s Tan Xiao 7p, at the start of round 3.

Park Junghwan 9p also remained in play, as team Korea’s anchorman, at this stage.

Meanwhile, China was sitting comfortably with three players – Tan Xiao 7p, Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Shi Yue 9p – still on the bench.

Kim Jiseok and Tan Xiao start round 3

Tan was able knock Kim out, but didn’t last long. He fell to Park in the next game. Park also made quick work of Zhou.


Kim Jiseok 9 dan (left) plays Tan Xiao 7 dan at the 15th Nongshim Cup.

It was starting to look promising for Team Korea and many Go fans were optimistic that Park could once again bring the cup home, just like last year.

China unleashes its secret weapon

However, China had a secret weapon in Shi, andΒ he defeated Park in 133 moves.

According to An Younggil 8p, Park made a misread which led him to play heavy moves from 98 onwards.

White 98 at M13 would have been lighter, but Park mistakenly believed he could save all his stones.


Shi Yue 9 dan (right) captured Park Junghwan 9 dan’s dragon, after Park played heavy moves in the center.

Out of the five times Park and Shi have played one another, Park has only won once.

Perhaps the Chinese are playing moneyball?

Anyway, whatever the strategy was, China successfully won Korea’s pet tournament and went someway towards correcting it’s highly skewed historical record (which is a legacy of Lee Changho 9p).

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, Japan has won it only once, while China is slowly catching up with three wins.

15th Nongshim Cup photos

Game records

Shi Yue vs Park Junghwan


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Zhou Ruiyang vs Park Junghwan


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Park Junghwan vs Tan Xiao


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Tan Xiao vs Kim Jiseok


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  1. very interesting! πŸ™‚ in both games before it felt as though Park was not at his best level and got lucky because of the opponents mistake…

    • Younggil An says:

      Park just finished his short army training for 4 weeks before this match, so he wasn’t in the best form. Yes, it was lucky for Park to win his first two games. However, he was leading at the final game, though it didn’t last long.

  2. It seems Park has a lot of difficulties against Shi.

    I hope this year Korea is gonna winning more international titles, because in 2013 China won a large part of them, right ?

    I would also like to see Japan come back but… πŸ™‚

    • Younggil An says:

      Yes, it seems so. I don’t know why, but Park seemed to be nervous at the final game.
      I also root for Korean and Japanese players, but it looks like there’re much more of young talented players from China.

      • Park always looks burdend by worries when hes playing. The opposite of Lee Changho. πŸ™‚

        • Younggil An says:

          It’s maybe Park’s under big pressure, so it’s common I think. Lee Changho had poker face, and it was outstanding.

  3. Why doesnt w try to capture b with k17 instead of m15 at move 124 in the final game?
    The ko with k11, L10,L12, seems pretty hard on b too.

    • Younggil An says:

      That’s a good question.
      If white plays at K17 for 124, black will throw in at L12, W K12, B M15, W connects, B L10, and white’s center stones are captured.
      It looks as if Park missed that sequence too in the game.

  4. Anonymous says:


    There is no ko. It is a “connect and die”. Black will throw in at L12 first, then atari at M15, after white connect black atari at L10 and the 3 white stones at K10 are captured.


    • Younggil An says:

      Oh, sorry, you already replied. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the clear explanation!

    • Thanks. Such an easy sequence, but somehow a blind spot. So I made the same mistake as Park, except he missed it 25 moves down, and I missed it right before my eyes. And for him it was an incredible blunder, while for me it’s par for the course :).