The news conference of the final stage competition of the 12th Nongshim Cup was held in the Korean culture Court in Shanghai on January 18th 2011. The major players of the three delegations: Kong Jie (9 dan), Lee Changho(9 dan) and Satoshi Yuki (9 dan) attended the conference.
The Nongshim cup is a three-country event. The tournament started in 1999 with five representatives from each of the participating countries China, Korea and Japan. The player who wins continues to play opponents of alternating countries until all opponents are exhausted. When a player loses the next player of that country takes his place in line.
Zhou Ruiyang vs Choi Cheolhan
The first game was between Choi Cheolhan (9 dan) and Zhou Ruiyang (5 dan) right after the conference. Choi Cheolhan won the game at move 214. The next game will be held on January 19th 2011 between Choi Cheolhan and Satoshi Yuki.
Choi Cheolhan did not have good performance in the last several Nongshim Cups. He said that Korean player have already been familiar with the competition policies of Nongshim Cup.
The game record
Lee Changho has won 8 championships in the last 11 Nongshim Cups. Lee Changho was born on July 29, 1975 in Korea. In 1991, he captured Wangwi, Myeongin, Daewang, Top Position, Baccus Cup and Jaewang Titles. In 1992 and 1993 he captured the Tongyang Securities Cup Title. In 1993 he was titleholder of 12 titles, including the Kiseong Title. With accompany from his wife and young brother in Shanghai, Lee Changho has very strong confidence to win this title again.
Kong Jie was born on November 25th, 1982. He turned professional in 1994 at the age of 12. He was promoted to 7 dan after 8 years in 2001. In 2009, Kong Jie achieved a major international breakthrough by winning the Asian TV Cup. In 2010, Kong Jie passed the preliminary rounds of the 14th LG Cup to face former champion Lee Changho in the finals. Kong won the match 2-0 and also the tournament. Later in the year, Kong Jie successfully defended his Asian TV Cup, defeating Korea’s Lee Changho and Japan’s Satoshi Yuki. He followed this up with another big win over a red hot Lee Sedol to win the 23rd Fujitsu Cup.
Satoshi Yuki was, born on February 11, 1972. He turned professional when he was only 12, and was promoted to 9 dan in only 10 years.
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