Park Junghwan

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Park Junghwan
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Full namePark Junghwan
Born (1993-01-11) 11 January 1993 (age 28)
South Korea
ResidenceSouth Korea
TeacherKweon Kab-yong
Turned pro2006
Rank9 dan
AffiliationHanguk Kiwon
Park Junghwan
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guangzhou Men's Team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guangzhou Mixed doubles

Park Junghwan (born 11 January 1993) is a South Korean professional Go player of 9-dan rank.


Early career[edit]

Park became a professional Go player in 2006. He won the Fujitsu Cup in 2011. Park defeated Lee Chang-ho to advance to the final of the 2012 Ing Cup, where he faced Fan Tingyu for the title. He lost three games to one.[1] He won the 19th LG Cup in 2015, defeating Kim Ji-seok in the final, 2-1.

2016-2017: Ing Cup runner-up[edit]

After a series of strong performances, in which during a span of 2 months he was able to defeat World No.1 Ke Jie in two consecutive international tournaments, namely the LG Cup and the Ing Cup, Park was able to reach the final of the latter, and the round of 8 in the former. Park faced Tang Wei-Xing in the final of the 2016 Ing Cup, with the first two games being played in mid-August. The first 2 games of the Ing Cup were played, with Park winning the first by resignation whilst losing the second. In both games the margin of victory was small, but Park was able to produce a comeback in the second game, with Tang lamenting that he went wrong after the midgame.

Park's most recent results were the Bailing Cup, where despite his best efforts, he was not able to defeat the Chinese Tian yuan holder Chen Yaoye. During that game, both sides opened up securing territory and doing big territorial exchanges, but a slip-up by Park allowed Chen to win an important ko that ultimately led to loss of territory. Chen was then able to capitalize and win the game, thereby ending the Korean player's string of dominance in the international tournaments.

From the 22nd to 26 October 2016, Park contested the final 3 games of the 8th Ing Cup with former World Champion and one of China's highest ranked players, Tang Weixing, with the score standing at 1:1 (after the first 2 games were played in mid August). Despite Park winning the third game, and bringing the score to 2:1 and having 2 chances to win his first Ing Cup after losing the previous edition, Tang came from behind to win once with white (up to game 4 all games had been won by the player with the white stones), and once more with Black (by 5 points, after Ing komi was applied), thereby securing China's third Ing Cup victory out of 8, 2nd behind Korea who has 5. Park, however, was left with bitter disappointment for being the first player to lose 2 back to back Ing cup finals, despite also joining the ranks of a few well known pros of previous generations, such as compatriots Lee Chang-ho and Choi Cheol-han and former World Champion Chang Hao 9p of China, who had also played 2 finals. Incidentally, all 3 players listed above secured victories once over each of their rivals whilst losing to the other, spanning 3 consecutive Ing Cups from the 4th edition to 6th. The record between all of them is 1 Title, 1 runners up.

Park later played in the LG Cup quarterfinals on mid November (14th), where is opponent will be former world champion and 2x LG Cup winner Gu Li 9p. He defeated Gu Li by resign, but subsequently fell to another Chinese player Zhou Ruiyang 9p, thus ending his 2016-17 season.


Park won the 2017 World Go Championship, a special invitational tournament organized by the Nihon Ki-in, defeating Iyama Yuta, Japanese Go program DeepZenGo and Mi Yuting.[2]

Park performed strongly in 3rd Mlily Cup, defeating Tuo Jiaxi, Zhou Ruiyang, Ke Jie, Chen Zijian and Xie Ke. His opponent in the finals will be Park Yeonghun 9p.

Promotion record[edit]

Rank Year Notes
1 dan 2006 Promoted to professional dan rank after passing qualifying test.
2 dan 2007
3 dan 2008
4 dan 2009 Won the 4th Siptan against Baek Hongseok.
5 dan 2009 Won the 14th Chunwon against Kim Jiseok.
6 dan 2010 Won the 5th Siptan against Lee Changho.
7 dan 2010 Qualified for the 2nd BC Card Cup main tournament.
8 dan 2010 Skipped over due to the Hanguk Kiwon promotion rules.
9 dan 2010 Won the 2010 Asian Games, becoming the youngest Korean 9 dan at 17 years old.

Career record[edit]

As of 1 June 2020[3][4]
Year Wins Losses Win %
2007 11 8 57.9%
2008 15 14 51.7%
2009 24 14 63.2%
2010 35 15 70.0%
2011 41 19 68.3%
2012 79 31 71.8%
2013 79 28 73.8%
2014 75 26 74.3%
2015 58 20 74.4%
2016 57 24 70.4%
2017 55 16 77.5%
2018 58 19 75.3%
2019 72 23 75.8%
2020 17 9 65.4%
Total 676 269 71.5%

Titles & runners-up[edit]

As of 1 November 2020

Individual Titles[edit]

Ranks #5 in total number of individual titles in Korea and tied for #5 in total number of international titles.

Title Wins Runners-up
Baduk Masters Fighting God 1 (2007)
Siptan 2 (2009-2010)
GS Caltex Cup 1 (2011)
Prices Information Cup 1 (2013)
Chunwon 2 (2009, 2014)
Guksu 2 (2014-15)
Myungin 1 (2016)
Maxim Cup 3 (2012-13, 2017) 1 (2014)
KBS Cup 5 (2011–2013, 2016, 2018) 3 (2014–15, 2019)
Crown Haitai Cup 1 (2018)
Baduk TV Cup 1 (2019)
Yongseong 1 (2019) 1 (2020)
Korea Strongest Player 1 (2020)
Total 20 7
Title Wins Runners-up
China-Korea Tengen 1 (2010)
Total 1 0
Title Wins Runners-up
Fujitsu Cup 1 (2011)
Asian TV Cup 2 (2013, 2015)
Ing Cup 2 (2013, 2016)
LG Cup 1 (2015) 1 (2020)
IMSA Elite Mind Games, Men's Blitz 1 (2017)
Mlily Cup 1 (2018)
Kuksu Mountains Championship 1 (2018)
World Go Championship 3 (2017-19)
Chunlan Cup 1 (2019)
Total 8 6
Career total
Total 29 13

Team Titles[edit]

Title Wins Runners-up
Asian Games, Men's Team 1 (2010)
Asian Games, Mixed Double 2 (2010)
SportAccord World Mind Games, Team 1 (2011)
SportAccord World Mind Games, Men's Team 1 (2013)
Nongshim Cup 1 (2013) 4 (2014-2017)
IMSA Elite Mind Games, Mix Double 1 (2016)
IMSA Elite Mind Games, Men's Team 1 (2017)
Total 7 5

Head-to-head record vs selected players[edit]

As of 1 July 2019[3][4]

Players who have won international go titles in bold.


  1. ^ "Ing Cup". Retrieved 31 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "World Go Championship". Nihon Ki-in. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
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  4. ^ a b "朴廷桓 统计数据". 弘通围棋网. Retrieved 1 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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