This game, from the 16th Nongshim Cup, was very exciting. There was heavy fighting in the top left corner, but the game soon became well balanced. The middle game was calm and quiet, but there was an big, unexpected ko at the end of the game and it’s exciting to watch…
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 four wins.
The prize money for the Nongshim Cup will be greatly increased in 2016. The current winner's purse is 200 million Korean Won, but starting with the 17th edition of the tournament, the prize for the winning team will be 500 million Korean Won.