On the eve of the first match, BC Card hosted a press conference and lavish welcoming banquet attended by international Go luminaries like Cho Hunhyun and Rui Naiwei. The media were given the opportunity to interview the two finalists.
Lee said that while he wanted to play well and create some interesting Go, there would always be other tournaments and therefore he did not feel pressured to win. Lee also revealed that his most sought after opponent used to be Lee Changho, but now it is Gu.
Gu Li wins the drinking game
On a more light hearted note, Lee told the media that Gu is quite a drinker and that Lee is out-classed in that department.
BC Card Cup final tied at one all
After two matches, “Muscle Man” and “The Wolf” are on one win each. Gu won the first match and Lee answered the challenge by taking out the second match. Interestingly enough, in both games white won by resignation.
At the post-game interview for the second match, Lee admitted that his opening was not particularly strong, leaving him in a difficult position as the game progressed into the middle game. Lee thought that Gu must have made a miscalculation, which resulted in his win.
Nevertheless, Lee is pleased with this result and is looking forward to going all out in the next match. When asked about whether he had any special rituals before big matches, Lee laughed and admitted that he doesn’t like to cut his fingernails before big games.
The players are taking a break today and the next three rounds will take place on April 26-28 2011, with games starting at 1pm Korean time (GMT+9). Stay tuned for more news as play progresses…
Who do you think will win the final?
Final poll results:
- Lee Sedol (54%, 55 Votes)
- Gu Li (46%, 48 Votes)
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