American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Ryan Li 1P on 19th LG Cup Final

Tuesday June 30, 2015

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White: Kim Jiseok 9P
Black: Park Junghwan 9P
Commentary: Ryan Li 1P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the June 30, 2015 edition of the American Go Journal

Ryan Li 1P enthusiastically describes this game’s background: “The epic battle between two very strong Korean professionals fighting for a grand prize of $250,000 USD. If you don’t know who they are, well, you need to spend some time on: http://senseis.xmp.net/.

“Kim, Jiseok became 1P in 2004. Keeping an astonishing win percentage of 60-70 throughout his career, he is currently ranked #2 in Korea since 2013. After his marriage, Kim’s win record went up to 75%. Defeating Tang, Weixing 2-0 in the recent Samsung Cup in 2014, he is no doubt at the top of his career.

“Park, Junghwan is not coincidentally ranked #1 in Korea since 2012. Born in 1993, he achieved professional status at the age of 13. This guy is an absolute monster. Maintaining an annual win rate of ~75% ever since 2009, the prediction of his winning chance against most players is over 70%, i.e., you can be surprised when he loses. However, Park has not won a major world championship in his career before this tournament.

“Park won the first game in this best of three final. The official win/loss record between these two players is 17:5 in Park’s favor.”

Ryan Li 1P is our newest AGA certified professional after sweeping the finals of the AGA Pro Qualification Tournament. Li is studying physics in his third year at the University of Toronto. He’s also an avid soccer player. The E-Journal is delighted to present his commentary. We know our readers will learn from his insights.