Go Commentary – Zhou Ruiyang vs Park Junghwan – 2nd MLily Cup

This game is from the 2nd MLily Cup, round of 16.
It was played by Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Park Junghwan 9p on August 30, 2015, in Guangzhou, China.

Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwna 9 dan at the 2nd MLily Cup.

Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwna 9 dan at the 2nd MLily Cup.

Park Junghwan

Park Junghwna 9 dan at the 2nd MLily Cup.

Park Junghwna 9 dan at the 2nd MLily Cup.

Park Junghwan has held the #1 more than two years in Korea.

He won the 19th LG Cup in February, 2015, by defeating Kim Jiseok 9p, and that was his second international title.

he probed that he’s ranked #1 in the world according to Dr Bai Taeil’s rating system, which is used by the Korean Baduk Association.

In June, 2015, he reached the final of the 27th Asian TV Cup, but he lost to Lee Sedol 9p.

His style of play is hard to describe. That’s because he plays very flexibly and his moves are well balanced between the power and skill. He’s not very good at attacking, and that seems to be his only weakness so far.

Zhou Ruiyang

Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan at the 2nd MLily Cup.

Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan at the 2nd MLily Cup.

Zhou Ruiyang is currently ranked #5 in China.

He won the 1st Bailing Cup by defeating Chen Yaoye 9p in early 2013, and that was his first international title.

In 2014, he proceeded to the final of the 18th LG Cup to challenge for another title, but he lost to Tuo Jiaxi 9p.

In June, 2015, Zhou was in the final of the 10th Chunlan Cup, but he didn’t succeed to add another international title by losing against Gu Li 9p.

His style of play is practical and cool, and he’s very good at shape. However, he’s very weak against Park Junghwan, and he only won 1 out of 9 against Park before this game.

That’s very unbalanced between world champion players, and let’s see if Zhou has formed his secret strategy against his natural enemy in this game.

Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwna 9 dan at the beginning of their game.

Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan (left) and Park Junghwna 9 dan at the beginning of their game.

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