Lee Sedol is currently rated number 2 in Korea (behind Park Junghwan 9p), but when this game was played, he was number 1.
He’s been regarded as the top player in the world for a few years now, but he seems to be in slump recently.
Shi Yue’s name is not yet very familiar, but he’s rated number 5 in China.
He won the 16th Xinren Wang (Rookie Cup) in 2009, and recently came second in the 1st Dachongjiu Cup (a tournament between the top 16 in China).
This is their third game together and Lee Sedol won their first two games in 2008 and 2012.
Their second game together was in the main tournament of the Samsung Cup. Shi was dominating for the whole game, but Lee staged an upset at the end of the game and won.
Let’s have a look at game 3…