Shi Yue won the first game, and the LG Cup final is a best of three match, so he only had to win this game to win the LG Cup.
Won Seongjin’s currently ranked #6 in Korea.
It was very sensational at the time, because it was Won’s first international final and he beat Gu Li 2-1.
This was his second time in an international final, and possibly his last.
He knew he’d have to join the navy to complete two years of compulsory military service after this final.
On the other hand, Shi Yue is ranked #5 in China.
His career in international tournaments so far hasn’t been that impressive, but he defeated many strong Korean players in this LG Cup.
This was Shi’s first time in and international final, so it was a very good opportunity for both players.
Contrasting Go styles
Their styles of play are quite different. Won likes solid, thick games and he’s good at attacking.
His nickname is ‘Won (one) punch’ because of his skill at landing a knockout blow.
He’s played in many important games, compared to Shi, so many Korean Baduk fans expected him to win this time.
On the other hand, Shi likes territorial games, but his game is well balanced at the same time.
It’s hard to find the weakness in his style, and this is his strong point.
Shi plays even better when he’s coming from behind, so it’s difficult to win a game against him.