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.

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).

Chinese Qisheng

When it started in 2013, the full name of this tournament was Luoyang Longmen Cup Chinese Qisheng tournament (洛阳龙门杯中国棋圣战). Luoyang is a city in central China's Henan province. Longmen is apparently a reference to the city's local World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes, the home of thousands of Budda statues. Qisheng is the Chinese equivalence of 'Kisei' meaning 'Go sage'. The tournament came to a stop after two years, but re-emerged as Baiyunshan Cup (白云山杯), a reference to the local tourist site White Cloud Mountain National Forest Park.

Chinese Ricoh Cup

The Chinese Ricoh Cup (理光杯职业围棋个人赛) was a Chinese fast-game tournament held between 2000 and 2015. It was organised by the Chinese Weiqi Association and sponsored by RICOH China Co., Ltd. It's also known from some western sources as Liguang Cup, 'Liguang' being the Chinese pinyin of the sponsor's name - something isn't really necessary as Ricoh is a well-known international brand. When the tournament first started in 2000, it was merely a small 8-player invitational tournament. It had evolved into one of the largest fast-game tournaments in China.

Japanese Kisei

The Japanese Kisei (棋聖戦) is the most prestigious tournament of the Japanese professional Go scene in terms of prize money. It was established in 1976 by Yomiuri Shimbun (読売新聞), a leading Japanese newspaper and a major sponsor to Japanese Go. The word 'Kisei' literally means 'Go Sage', a title that has traditionally been reserved for only the best players.

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.

Chunlan Cup

Chunlan Cuo LogoChunlan Cup World Professional Weiqi Championship (春兰杯世界职业围棋锦标赛) is the first major international Go tournament organised by mainland China. It is named after the main sponsor Chunlan Corporation, one of the 50 large Chinese enterprises and best known for its air-conditioning products. Since term 3, the tournament has been held once every two years. Early rounds are often hosted at the city of Taizhou in Jiangsu province where Chunlan's headquarter is based.

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 an international women's team tournament. In 2012 it became a win-and-continue team tournament for the three major Go-playing countries - China, Japan and Korea - apparently to replace the defunct Jeongganjang Cup.

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.

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.