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The NEC Cup is a Go competition, supported by NEC Corporation.


The NEC Cup is a Go competition used by the Japanese Nihon-Kiin. Unlike the big three titles in Japan, the NEC Cup is a single knockout tournament where players have less time to think. The field of challengers is 16. The challengers are invited depending on who is the holders of Kisei, Meijin, Honinbo, Judan, Tengen, Oza, Gosei, NHK Cup, JAL Super Hayago Championship, NEC Shun-Ei and the top finishers from the last NEC Cup. The winner is awarded with 15,000,000 Yen ($130,000).

Past winners

Player Years Held
Takemiya Masaki 1982, 1986
Sakata Eio 1983
Cho Chikun 1984, 1985, 2000, 2001
Otake Hideo 1987, 1989, 1996
Ishida Yoshio 1988
Rin Kaiho 1990
Kato Masao 1991, 1992, 1997
Yoda Norimoto 1993, 1998, 2002
Komatsu Hideki 1994
Kobayashi Koichi 1995, 1999, 2004
Ryu Shikun 2003
Cho U 2005, 2007
Cho Sonjin 2006
Kono Rin 2008, 2010
Hane Naoki 2009