An interview with Na Hyun

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.

Na Hyun (1 dan).

Interview with Na Hyun

An Younggil: Congratulations on reaching the semi finals of the Samsung Cup!

Even though it’s a pity you didn’t go further, beating Kong Jie was very sensational. Lots of Baduk fans wondered how you were able reverse the game against Kong Jie.

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

Younggil: Gu Li said in an interview, after finishing the semi final game against Na, that “Na Hyun’s style of play is similar to Lee Changho’s, but he needs to get stronger at fighting”.

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.

Na Hyun plays in the 16th Samsung Cup.


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!

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About Younggil An

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. Michael Brown (1k) says:

    I wouldn’t mind playing Na one day, on even terms 🙂

  2. frédéric says:

    Mr. younggil you are the best .

  3. keep an eye on this boy!

  4. Thank you for this interview! I love gogameguru

  5. If he gets better at fighting, who will be able to stop him? He already seems very close in level to other territorial-based players like Kang Dongyun and Pak Yeonghun.

  6. I only found out about Na Hyun about a month or two ago and he immediately struck me as a terrifyingly powerful player.

  7. This interview will be very famous if Na Hyun becomes in the best player in a few years!! You are the best Mr Younggil.