Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Iyama Yuta – 24th Fujitsu Cup

This is a commentary of the game between Gu Li 9p and Iyama Yuta 9p in the 24th Fujitsu Cup.

Iyama Yuta (9 dan, left) vs Gu Li (9 dan) - 24th Fujitsu Cup.

These two also played together recently in the final of the 1st Bosai Cup, in China (May 2011). At that time, Iyama defeated Gu Li and took the title.

Even though Iyama’s play in that game was wonderful, lots of Go fans still thought the result was some sort of fluke. However, this time it should be different, because Iyama’s play seems to be getting even better.

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Gu Li vs Iyama Yuta – 24th Fujitsu Cup


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Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He qualified as a professional in 1997 and won an award for winning 18 consecutive professional matches the following year. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea in 2008, to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now lives in Sydney, Australia, and is one of the founders of Go Game Guru. On Friday evenings, Younggil is usually at the Sydney Go Club, where he gives weekly lessons and plays simultaneous games.

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  1. tnx for review!

  2. Thank you very much Mr. An younggil. Your work is vey good.

  3. I’m really glad you commented this one. I thought this game was incredible when I watched it even though my favorite player lost.

  4. Thanks for another enlightening commentary!

  5. Wow Iyama’s play was amazing this game.

  6. Wonder if you could also comment on Park vs Iyama game

  7. Anonymous says:

    Great commentary

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  9. This Gu Li – Iyama Yuta game is extraordinary, thank you for your comment. The final position still is utterly unclear to me, but then, I am not Gu Li. There so many unsettled positions like those ko’s: I really could not tell who would win from this position. This makes this position ideal for a big painting or picture, to keep you pondering. And it looks nice too.

    • I had a hard time with it too; white has more ko threats, but white cannot just fill. I think it comes down to white being able to capture the 10 black stones at the top center before white runs out of ko threats big enough to prevent black from capturing the 9 white stones at top center.

      For example: bk1, wf19 (ko), bq16 (to eliminate white ko threat there threatening cut at T14), wn19, bg19 (ko), wj2, bn1, wf19 (ko), bf9 (to eliminate white ko threat at f8 or f10), wm16, bg19 (ko), wm18 captures the black stones at the top to the right of center, winning the top of the board and the game.

      I could be completely wrong though.

  10. I think this picture of Gu Li sums up his recent form pretty well – http://www.haengma.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/080624-jj1.jpg

  11. Jose Santiago says:

    Thank you I love these reviews.

  12. Superb game, superb commentary. Many thanks.