Go Commentary: Jiang Weijie vs Park Younghun – 2nd World Meijin

This game is from the recent World Meijin event, where the Meijins from China, Japan and Korea faced one another.

Park Younghun 9p and Jiang Weijie 5p both defeated Iyama Yuta 9p to play in the final. This is the first time these two have played and the match was on August 20, 2011.

Park Younghun Jiang Weijie 2nd World Meijin picture

Park Younghun (9 dan, left) and Jiang Weijie (5 dan).

The World Meijin, a new title

This three nations Meijin title is quite new. There used to be Korea vs China, and China vs Japan Meijin, but they all play together now.

Park Younghun

Recently, Park’s results aren’t that impressive. Some say it’s because his style of play is not suitable for the modern game. He’s very good at endgame and calculating, but his fighting is relatively weaker than other top players, such as Lee Sedol and Gu Li.

Jiang Weijie

Jiang is a fairly new face. His recent results are amazing. He beat Gu Li in the final of the Chinese Meijin Cup (Mingren) 3-2 last year, and it was very sensational.

Furthermore, he was in the semi final of the Fujitsu Cup a few of weeks ago. Even though he was beaten by Qiu Jun, it was still very impressive.

Commented game record

Jiang Weijie vs Park Younghun

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About Younggil An

Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He won the 'Prize of Victory of the Year' in 1998 for winning 18 consecutive pro games. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now runs Younggil's Go School in Sydney, Australia and writes at Go Game Guru. You can find Younggil on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Comments

  1. Wow, nice game and very nice commentary. Thank you Younggil.

  2. Thanks for the commentary. I was rather curious about the remarks at move 8, because I have noticed professionals playing this rather often recently. A quick database search proves this position (if only considering the right side) has been popular since 2005. Also, while I understand the reason for dismissing the variation sequence from 9-12, clearly many professionals do not feel this way, as it has been played many times by top pros, including Lee Sedol and Kong Jie. Is there something about the whole board context in this game that makes it bad?

    • An Younggil 8p says:

      Good question, Jonathan.
      You’re right. That move seems to be getting popular nowadays. However, compare to other pincers as C9 or D8, it’s still played rarely. And even though lots of top pros play that move, I still feel it’s rare. You might see more games with these pincers.
      I don’t know if there’s any whole board context or not.
      Anyway, if you like the pincer W8, you can play and enjoy it.
      Thanks.

  3. *left side*

  4. There was a dan player I met who had a funny sort of handicap game he’d like to play with kyus. He’d pick a random pro game that was won by resignation, he’d lay out the final board position and he’d play as the color that had just resigned and the kyu would play as the color who had just won. He said he won most of those games :P

    The end bit that you showed reminded me of that.

  5. It’s a great game for Park. His style is beautiful.

  6. Thank you for your comments. These are really helpful comments for us to understand what is really going on.

  7. Thank you, this comment teach me a lot.

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