1st Nongshim Cup

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The 1st Nongshim Cup was the inaugural edition of the team Go tournament consisting of five players each from China, Japan and South Korea. The tournament began on 16 December 1999 in Shanghai and finished on 28 March 2000.[1][2] On Lee Chang-ho and Ma Xiaochun met in the final, with Lee defeating China's top player and leading Korea to their first of six straight Nongshim Cup titles.[3]


Preliminaries were held in Korea, while Japan and China sent pre-selected teams.[1][2] Players listed in order that they appeared for their respective teams.


Mok Jin-seok of Korea defeated Yamashita Keigo in the first game. He would go on to defeat China representative Qiu Jun before losing to Japanese player Kudo Norio on 19 December. Luo Xihe beat Kudo Norio before the tournament moved to Tokyo.[1][2]

Luo lost to Kim Yeong-sam of Korea, who then lost to Japan's Yoda Norimoto. Korea's Cho Hunhyun defeated Yoda after the Japanese representative eliminated China's Wang Lei from the tournament. The third and final stage moved to Seoul. Korea had three players left (including Hunhyun), while China (Chang Hao and Ma Xiaochun) and Japan (Cho Sonjin and Yamada Kimio) were left with two players each.[1][2]

Cho Hunhyun would lose the opening match of the third stage to Chang, who then stringed together two more victories by defeating Yamada (Japan) and Yoo Changhyuk (Korea). Cho Sonjin of Japan defeated Chang, but then lost his next match against Korea's Lee Chang-ho.[1][2]

First stage[edit]

Players First round Second round Third round Fourth round
South Korea Mok Jin-seok Mok Jin-seok Mok Jin-seok Kudo Norio Luo Xihe
Japan Yamashita Keigo
China Qiu Jun
Japan Kudo Norio
China Luo Xihe

Second stage[edit]

Players First round Second round Third round Fourth round
China Luo Xihe Kim Yeong-sam Yoda Norimoto Yoda Norimoto Cho Hunhyun
South Korea Kim Yeong-sam
Japan Yoda Norimoto
China Wang Lei
South Korea Cho Hunhyun

Third stage[edit]

Players First round Second round Third round Fourth round Fifth round Sixth round
South Korea Cho Hunhyun Chang Hao Chang Hao Chang Hao Cho Sonjin Lee Chang-ho Lee Chang-ho
China Chang Hao
Japan Yamada Kimio
South Korea Yoo Changhyuk
Japan Cho Sonjin
South Korea Lee Chang-ho
China Ma Xiaochun


  1. ^ a b c d e "International: The 1st Nong Shim". msoworld.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "tournaments: nongshim cup, 1st edition, 1999". gobase.org. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Go Tournament: Nong Shim Cup Ring Contest". gogameworld.com. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.