These two players are also playing in the 36th Meijin title match at the moment.
I played games with Iyama and Yamashita, once each, a long time ago.
I played a game with Yamashita at the Rookies’ friendship matches between China, Japan and Korea in 1999. At that time, he wasn’t yet so popular, but his play was very creative and lively
After the game, I became a fan of his, as I was so impressed by his play.
I also once played with Iyama in 2002. He visited Korea for the preliminary match of Samsung Cup, and I played a friendly practice game with him.
He was so small and young, but he played quite well and I lost that game. As you can see he is one of the best players in the world now. However, I was embarrassed because he was so young and unknown at the time.
Anyway, let’s review the game…