Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Park Junghwan – 16th Nongshim Cup

This is game 10 of 16th Nongshim Cup.

This game was played between Iyama Yuta 9p and Park Junghwan 9p on December 3, 2014 in Busan, Korea.

Iyama Yuta 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Iyama Yuta 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Park Junghwan

Park Junghwan defeated Wang Xi 9p, who was winning four consecutive games, in game 9 and this was Park’s second game in this Nongshim Cup.

Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Park Junghwan is ranked #1 in Korea for more than a year.

He’s the best in domestic matches in Korea, but his results in the international tournaments aren’t satisfactory.

Park couldn’t add any international titles since he won the 24th Fujitsu Cup in 2011.

He proceeded to the semifinals many times, but he lost many important matches in the final or semifinals.

However, he’s in the final of the 19th LG Cup, and he’s going to play against Kim Jiseok 9p in February 2015.

Park is the second last man from team Korea, and the captain is Kim Jiseok 9p.

Iyama Yuta

Iyama Yuta is also ranked #1 in Japan.

Iyama Yuta 9 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Iyama Yuta 9 dan at the 16th Nongshim Cup

Iyama is holding five major titles out of seven in Japan, and he’s still very powerful and dominant.

However, he was defeated at the 62nd Oza final, against Murakawa Daisuke 8p in December 2014 (two weeks after this game).

It seem to be getting more difficult for Iyama to challenge of achieving the gland slam of Japanese Go, by claiming all seven major titles simultaneously.

By the way, Iyama is absolutely the best player from Japan at the moment, and he’s last man standing of Team Japan.

Their head to head record

This is their third game between Park and Iyama. Park won their first game in the 24th Fujitsu Cup semifinals in 2011, and Park won his first international title with defeating Qiu Jun 9p in the final.

Their second game was the 25th Asian TV Cup final in 2013, and Iyama revenged the match to win his first international title.

This is their third game, which is another very exciting match to watch.

Let’s have a look at the game.

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Iyama Yuta vs Park Junghwan

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