Go Commentary: Mi Yuting vs Gu Li – 1st MLily Cup

This is game 2 from the 1st MLily Cup final.

The game was played between Gu Li 9p and Mi Yuting 4p on December 2, 2013, in Jiangsu, China.

Gu Li won game 1 of the final, so if Gu wins this game again, it’d be an easy series for him in the best of five.


Gu Li 9 dan (left) and Mi Yuting 4 dan, at the 1st MLily Cup final.

Gu Li 9 dan (left) and Mi Yuting 4 dan, at the 1st MLily Cup final.

Gu Li

Gu Li was ranked #3 in China by the time of this final, and he’s still one of the most popular players along with Lee Sedol 9p in the world these days.

Gu’s already won seven international titles in his career before this final, and the last time he won was the 15th Samsung Cup in 2010. (He added another international title – 10th Chunlan Cup, in June 2015)

Gu Li 9 dan at game 2 from 1st MLily Cup final.

Gu Li 9 dan at game 2 from 1st MLily Cup final.

His style of play is quite unique. His opening is outstanding, and he often played creative moves which soon become popular for other pros.

His haengma is strong and firm, and his powerย inย the fighting is destructive.

Most of his games are dynamic and thrilling with his brilliant and creative moves, and that’s the main reason why people like to watch his games so much.

In this Mlily Cup, he defeated Na Hyun 3p, Hu Yaoyu 9p, Wang Lei 6p, and Zhou Ruiyang 9p to proceeded to the final.

Mi Yuting

Mi Yuting was born in 1996, and he became a pro in 2007. His ranking was #7 in China by the time, but he was yet unknown internationally by then.

Mi Yuting 4 dan at game 2 from 1st MLily Cup final.

Mi Yuting 4 dan at game 2 from 1st MLily Cup final.

His best results in the international tournaments before this MLily Cup was round of 16.

He proceeded to the round of 16 both at the 2012 Samsung Cup and the 4th BC Card Cup in 2012.

However, his performance in this MLily Cup was very impressive and sensational.

He defeated Lee Sedol 9p, Kang Dongyun 9p, Kong Jie 9p, Dang Yifei 4p and Wang Xi 9p to reach the final. All of his opponents were either world champions or finalists of international tournaments, and Mi defeated them all.

He was relatively unknown, but his reading was already propound and accurate especially at the close combat. He’s also got strong mind as well, so he maintained his calm when he was in trouble or behind, although he was only 17 year old boy.

Let’s have a look at game 2 of the 1st MLily Cup final.

Gu Li 9 dan (left) and Mi Yuting 4 dan, reviewing the game.

Gu Li 9 dan (left) and Mi Yuting 4 dan, reviewing the game.

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Mi Yuting vs Gu Li


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  1. At move 175 in the variation when black does not respond to white Q4: Instead of baclk O2 to attempt to connect the 4 corner stones, could black not play N1? As far as I can tell, white would reply at O2 and push through (N2, M2) which hurts black, but at least his stones are connected – and he got N19, which looks bigger than the loss from white N2/M2. Sorry if I missed something.

    • Younggil An says:

      That’s a good idea Mafu.

      In that case, White will wedge at N2 instead of O2, and Black will get hurt more.

      White will destroy Black’s bottom, and the game will become more complicated. That’s why Black would better respond at the bottom.

  2. Thirdman says:

    Hi. Thanks for the commentary. Just wished to ask for black 47 why would black play L11 first but connect straightaway?

    Also for black 59 why would black play at around c10 but chose to turn instead?

    Thank you

    • Younggil An says:

      That’s a good question.

      If Black plays L11 instead of 47, cutting at R14 will be very nice and Black will be in trouble.

      If Black responds at R12, White will cut at O16 in sente. If Black ataris at R15 instead, White will break through the right side with R12, B S14, W S12 later.

      • Anonymous says:

        Dear Younggil, thanks you very much for the explanation. Appreciate it very much.

        • Younggil An says:

          You’re very welcome. Thanks to the players who created an interesting and exciting game to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jacek Harejczyk says:

    Thank you for the commentary ๐Ÿ™‚
    What a brilliant game and amazing players

  4. I am tygem 5d. I just reviewed recent Shin minjun and chun yao game. There are many moves that I can not understand. can you review that game? that will be very helpful to everyone here IMHO.
    I am sorry if this is not a right place to post this. I couldnt find any forum to ask.

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks Jean for your suggestion.

      Yes, I also watched the game, and that was interesting though it was a kind of a territorial game without any big fighting. I’ll think about that, but there’re more important and interesting games, so I’m not sure.

      We don’t have forum yet, so you can leave a comment like that, and I can still see that. ๐Ÿ™‚