Recently I was speaking to a friend in Korea, on the phone, and I had an opportunity to say hello to Na Hyun 1p.
I asked him a few brief questions, for his fans at Go Game Guru.
Interview with Na Hyun
How old are you?
Na Hyun: I’m 16 years old. I was born in 1995.
How would you describe your style of play?
I like territorial games, rather than fighting or big moyo games.
What do you consider to be the strong point of your style?
I’m relatively good at the endgame, and confident at counting as well.
What’s your weak point then?
I feel my opening is not yet good enough, and I need to learn more about the middle game.
Gu Li’s comments
Gu Li was very generous to say that. Generally top players don’t say anything about their opponents’ weak points because it could seem rude, but he said that for Na Hyun with his kindness.
How did it feel when you faced to Kong Jie?
I felt his nervousness. I think it’s because he was under pressure to win, as I am far younger and unknown…
Fortunately, I wasn’t nervous, even though it was the most important game of my career so far. I managed to stay cool because I didn’t feel any pressure to win, so I just tried to do my best.
What’s your goal?
My goal is to win international titles.
When do you think your dreams might come true?
Hmm, it’s difficult to say. Hopefully, when I’m around 20.
Would you like to say something to your fans from Western countries?
Actually, I don’t know very much about the Baduk world in the West. I want to see more people to play and enjoy Baduk, and if I have a chance to go overseas, I’d like to teach foreign Baduk players and play games with them one day!