Following on from his victory over Lee Sedol 9p earlier this week, Iyama Yuta 9p has done it again, defeating Gu Li 9p of China and winning the Chongqing invitational Bosai Cup for Japan on May 18 2011. [Update: Younggil has commented this game between Gu Li and Iyama Yuta]
Iyama has been a rising star in the Japanese Go world for the last five or six years. Many have speculated that he might one day rekindle Japan’s success in international Go. Has this day finally come?
A solid opening by both players
In the opening, both black and white played solidly, which is their style. Black (Gu) took territory on the right side, starting with an attack at move 25. White responded in a calm and solid fashion.
White (Iyama) attacked black’s lower left group from move 34 onwards, gaining some influence while black dodged the attack deftly.
When white played to reduce black’s right side area at move 50, the fighting escalated. An exchange followed in which black took more territory and white created a very strong group, with influence over the center.
Gu continues to dodge Iyama’s attacks
White then attacked black’s group on the left side, but once again Gu managed the situation skillfully. Still black had more territory, but white was building more and more power in the center.
At this point, white played some sharp moves in the top right (starting at 108). Surprisingly, this resulted in white living in the top right corner in sente and then resuming the attack on black’s lower side group. White took control of the game.
Iyama’s crushes Gu in the center
In the subsequent fighting, white managed to create a large area in the center, playing skillfully with white 156 through 166. Black played aggressively, attempting to break into this area.
However, white managed to capture most of black’s stones in the center, crushing black’s attempts to reverse the game.
Gu played on for a few more moves and resigned at move 208.
All in all, an impressive game by Iyama Yuta.
Go Game Guru readers guess it again!
Following on from correctly predicting the winner of the 3rd BC Card Cup, Go Game Guru readers have done it again.
Our poll closed one hour into the final match between Iyama and Gu. Here are the results:
- Iyama Yuta (Japan) (54%, 41 Votes)
- Gu Li (China) (25%, 19 Votes)
- Lee Sedol (Korea) (21%, 17 Votes)
Keep it up everyone.
A long awaited celebration for Japan
Even though this was a small invitational tournament, the strength of Iyama’s opponents can’t be disputed.
Furthermore, the total prize money for this tournament was around 600,000 RMB (roughly $75,000 USD). Iyama has done very well.
Go players in Japan will no doubt be celebrating Iyama’s success tonight. In this Bosai Cup, he has arguably defeated the top player from both China and Korea.
For more information about the tournament see our previous article: Lee Sedol, Iyama Yuta and Gu Li go head to head
Will this be the beginning of resurgence for Japanese professional Go players? Or will it turn out to be simply one bright spark in the dark night? We shall see…