Chen Yaoye won the first game and this was a best of three match, so Choi had to win this game to stay in the competition.
Last year, these two played in the 15th China Korea Tengen together, and Chen defeated Choi 2-0, so this year was Choi’s revenge match.
At the time when this game was played, Chen Yaoye was ranked number 9 in China, and Choi Cheolhan was ranked number 3 in Korea.
Chen’s style of play is very solid and territorial. He’s good at erasing his opponents’ influence and moyo.
On the other hand, Choi’s style of play is thick and powerful. He’s very good at attacking and likes complicated fighting games.
Chen Yaoye is very strong against Korean players. Especially against Choi Cheolhan. The record between them is 8-1, and Chen has won the last 7 games in a row.
I think it’s because Chen’s style of play is very solid, and it makes it hard for Choi to lead the games towards his preferred dynamic fighting style.
The game was full of interesting tesuji, many of which you normally only find in tesuji books. It’s a great game to review to learn more about tesuji in practical play.