Liu defeated Yuki Satoshi before this game, and this is Cho’s first game in this tournament.
Cho Chikun is one of the most well known Go players in the world. He’s very famous for his indomitable spirit.
There was a match at the Kisei final in 1986 where Cho played in a wheelchair. Just before the final, he had a serious car accident.
His doctor tried to stop Cho from playing, but Cho insisted on playing the games anyway.
His attitude, mental spirit and passion for Go are very highly regarded in the Go world. He has taken 71 titles in his lifetime, and it’s the record in Japan.
On the other hand, Liu Xing is currently ranked number 16 in China. His style of play is lively and free, so it’s unpredictable.
He’s regarded as a very unique and creative player amongst pro players. He’s won four domestic titles in China, but his results in international tournaments so far haven’t been that impressive.
Let’s have a look at the game…