Iyama Yuta 9p is the #1 player in Japan. He currently holds five of the seven major Japanese titles, and he’s become practically unbeatable in his country.
Since he’s been very busy playing in many domestic title matches, he’s missed out on participating in international matches quite a bit, but he managed to join this time.
He defeated Zhang Tao 3p, from China, in the round of 32, and many Japanese Go fans want to see him go further in the international tournaments.
Lee Younggu 9p is currently #14 in Korea. He won the 7th Price Information Cup in 2011 and it was his first title. He hasn’t won any other titles since then.
He was lucky to be able to join this year’s LG Cup as a replacement for Won Seongjin 9p, who’s currently in the navy completing compulsory military service.
Lee beat Xiao Zhenghao 8p, who was the only representative from Taiwan, in the round of 32.
This is their first official match together, but they once played at the international rookies’ matches in 2007. Lee Younggu won at that time, but it was a quite a while ago.