Chen won the first game of the final, but Lee made it tie with game two, and this was the deciding game.
Lee Sedol was ranked #1 in Korea (at the time), and he’s already won 13 international titles in his career to date.
However, lately he’s been in a slump, and his winning percentage has dropped to just 50% this year. Many of his fans worry that his games aren’t as powerful or spectacular as they used to be.
On the other hand, Chen Yaoye is ranked #2 in China. This is Chen’s fourth attempt at an international final, and he seems to be in a good shape these days.
He defeated Lee smoothly in the first game, and was winning the second game as well, until the end of middle game. Unfortunately, he made an simple mistake and his big group died.
Many Go fans expected that Chen would suffer from a psychological shock after that game, and that Lee would have the advantage in this final game. That’s because Go is a mental game, and it can sometimes be hard to concentrate on the game after the trauma of a bad loss.
Lee and Chen had played five games together before this final, and their head to head record stood at 4-1 in Lee’s favor.
Let’s see the final game from the 9th Chunlan Cup.
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Chen Yaoye vs Lee Sedol