Qiu Jun to face Park Junghwan in 24th Fujitsu Cup final

China’s Qiu Jun 8p is set to face off with Korea’s Park Junghwan 9p in the final of the 24th Fujitsu Cup tomorrow.

In today’s matches (August 13, 2011), Park defeated Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9p by 3.5 points in a difficult, large scale game.

On the other side of the room Qiu Jun was competing with fellow countryman Jiang Weijie 5p. Their game featured hard tactical fighting and a huge ko, which Qiu won. Qiu later won the game by resignation.

Front: Jiang Weijie (left) vs Qiu Jun, Back: Park Junghwan (left) vs Iyama Yuta - 24th Fujitsu Cup semifinal

Park Junghwan

Park Junghwan is regarded as a Go prodigy in Korea. He has won several domestic Korean titles, including the Siptan (Judan) and Chunwon (Tengen). He also won the China Korea Tengen match last year, defeating Chen Yaoye 9p. He is only 18 years old and many people have big hopes for him in the future.

Park Junghwan (9 dan), Korean Go prodigy.

Qiu Jun

Qiu Jun, at 28 years old, is Park’s senior by ten years. He is a talented player and has a good track record in domestic Chinese tournaments. He was the runner up in the 2009 Samsung Cup (losing to Kong Jie), but international success has eluded him so far. He is known as a hard worker and he takes Go very seriously.

Read Younggil’s account of Qiu Jun.

Qiu Jun (8 dan), China's hard worker.

When’s the final?

The final will be played tomorrow, Sunday August 14 at 11:00am Japan time.

That’s 10:00pm, August 13 US EDT and 2:00am, August 14 UCT/GMT.

Who are you tipping to win?

Who are you tipping to win the 24th Fujitsu Cup? Korea’s prodigy, Park Junghwan? Or China’s hard worker, Qiu Jun? Let me know by commenting below.

Game record: Jiang Weijie vs Qiu Jun


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Game record: Iyama Yuta vs Park Junghwan


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  1. Tipping? Must be some Australian slang, I guess?

    I’m pulling for Qiu Jun this time. Enough with the prodigies!!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Haha, I’m supporting Qiu Jun too.

      I didn’t realize that tipping was Australian slang, but if other people don’t understand then I guess it must be :). That word’s quite common in Australia, it sort of means ‘betting’, but in a more friendly way and for smaller wagers. People here often have workplace tipping competitions for the local football league. Each week you select your teams and you get points for guessing correctly. What do other people call that?