In today’s matches (August 13, 2011), Park defeated Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9p by 3.5 points in a difficult, large scale game.
On the other side of the room Qiu Jun was competing with fellow countryman Jiang Weijie 5p. Their game featured hard tactical fighting and a huge ko, which Qiu won. Qiu later won the game by resignation.
Park Junghwan is regarded as a Go prodigy in Korea. He has won several domestic Korean titles, including the Siptan (Judan) and Chunwon (Tengen). He also won the China Korea Tengen match last year, defeating Chen Yaoye 9p. He is only 18 years old and many people have big hopes for him in the future.
Qiu Jun, at 28 years old, is Park’s senior by ten years. He is a talented player and has a good track record in domestic Chinese tournaments. He was the runner up in the 2009 Samsung Cup (losing to Kong Jie), but international success has eluded him so far. He is known as a hard worker and he takes Go very seriously.
When’s the final?
The final will be played tomorrow, Sunday August 14 at 11:00am Japan time.
That’s 10:00pm, August 13 US EDT and 2:00am, August 14 UCT/GMT.
Who are you tipping to win?
Who are you tipping to win the 24th Fujitsu Cup? Korea’s prodigy, Park Junghwan? Or China’s hard worker, Qiu Jun? Let me know by commenting below.