Tournament Profiles

Nongshim Cup

The Nongshim Cup is a team competition for the three major Go-playing countries - China, Japan and Korea. It is named after sponsor Nongshim, a Korean food company producing instant noodles. This tournament was first held in 1999, replacing the Jinro Cup.

Samsung Cup

Samsung Cup is a major international tournament established in 1996. Its full name is Samsung Cup World Open Baduk Championship. It is organised by Hanguk Kiwon and sponsored by the insurance subsidiary of Samsung.

Bailing Cup

Bailing Cup (百灵杯世界围棋公开赛) is a Chinese international tournament created in 2012. It is sponsored by Guizhou Bailing Group, a big Chinese pharmaceutical company. As a major supporter of Go, the company also in the past sponsored the Chinese domestic Bailing Cup which is not to be confused with the international tournament. As it currently stands, Bailing Cup is run every two years, alternating with the Mlily cup.

Huang Longshi Cup

Huang Longshi, a Chinese guoshou of the 17th century, is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished go players in history. This tournament is named after him because it is held at Jiangyan, a small town in Jiansu province of China, known as Huang's hometown. The tournament was first introduced in 2011 as a women's team tournament competed by four teams. In 2012 it became a win-and-continue team tournament for the three major Go-playing countries, apparently to replace the defunct Jeongganjang Cup.

Korean Women's League

First introduced in 2015, this tournament is Korea's response to China's popular Women's League that helps sharpen the skills of top Chinese female players. This is even more interesting because it accommodates more players and allows top-level foreign players to join. The tournament is sponsored by MDM, a real estate company.

LG Cup

LG Cup is a major international Go tournament that has been held annually since 1997. It is the successor to Korea's domestic Kiwang tournament and it is often referred to as "LG Cup World Kiwang Tournament". The organiser is Chosun Ilbo (조선일보), one of Korea's largest media groups. The sponsor is LG Corporation. It is not to be confused with the domestic Korean LG Cup (also know as LG Refined Oil Cup, discontinued).

Ing Cup

The Ing Cup (应氏杯世界围棋锦标赛) is a major international tournament sponsor by Ing Chang-Ki family through their charitable vehicle the Ing Chang‐Ki Wei‐Chi Education Foundation. It is held every 4 years coinciding with the Olympics.

Japanese Championship of Tournament Winners

This is a Japanese fast-game tournament introduced in 2014. As its name suggested, only tournament winners of the previous year are invited to play. Plus, one player voted by Go fans joins them. Although completely unrelated, this looks like a good replacement of the discontinued Japanese NEC Cup. The sponsor is IGO & SHOGI CHANNEL, who also supports Ryusei and Female Kisei tournaments.

Limin Cup

The Limin Cup World Top Star Tournament(利民杯)is an international tournament held annually at the Chinese southern city of Hangzhou. The organiser Hangzhou Qiyuan is an official branch of Zhongguo Qiyuan, the Chinese national Go organisation. Hangzhou Qiyuan not only hosts its local League teams, but also the 2nd Chinese national Go squad, consisting of many young Go prodigies. China's vast territory means that it is impractical for all Go players to live and train in the northern capital city of Beijing. So a second base in Hangzhou becomes a good solution.

Japanese Okage Cup

'Okage' roughly translates to 'thank you for your custom'. The sponsoring Japanese company, a producer of traditional Japanese confectionery, was found of using substandard ingredients in their food. This tournament was then created in year 2000 as a public relation exercise to thank customers for their support. The tournament is open to players 30 years old or younger.