Park Junghwan’s first major international title
This is Park’s first major international title (he also won last year’s China Korea Tengen Playoff), but at only 18 years of age, it will most certainly be followed by many more.
A new record in the Fujitsu Cup
A new joseki?
Park played black and the game started with a new corner pattern in the top left. This was followed by fierce fighting with a few rare moments of respite, before fighting resumed.
In the later part of the game, the board began to resemble a very large life and death problem. Both players played superbly, but Qiu resigned after 223 moves, making Park the new world champion.
Under Chinese promotion rules, just by reaching this final, Qiu will be promoted to 9 dan.
Congratulations Park Junghwan!
Game record: Park Junghwan vs Qiu Jun