Chen Yaoye is currently ranked #1 in China, and he’s already won this China Korea Tengen three times.
He’s held the Tianyuan (Chinese Tengen) title for five years in a row now.
Over the last two years, Chen defeated Choi Cheolhan 9p in this mini title match, with a score of 2-0 both times.
If he won this time, he’d make it three in a row.
He likes to play thick and solid games, but, actually, he’s very good at fighting too. His reading is sharp and accurate, and he rarely makes mistakes.
On the other hand, Park Younghun 9p is ranked #6 in Korea.
He was given the nickname ‘Little Prince’ when he won the 6th Chunwon (Korean Tengen) title as a 2p.
Recently, Park’s been playing more of an active and fighting game, compared to before, and it seems like he’s trying to change his serene style to become more of a fighter.
Qualifying for the China Korea Tengen
Chen defeated Gu Lingyi 5p 2-0, in the final of the Tianyuan, to qualify for this mini title match.
Meanwhile, Park bested Choi Cheolhan 9p 2-1, in the final of the Chunwon.
Park and Chen first played one another in 2006, at the 6th Chunlan Cup, and Chen won.
Those games were quite a while ago though.
Let’s have a look at the first game from the 17th China Korea Tengen match.