Biography[ edit ] Iwamoto was born in Masuda of the Shimane prefecture , Japan. During his childhood he spent several years in Busan , Korea — , where he learned Go from his father. He achieved 1-dan in , and swiftly rose through the ranks. In , when Nihon Ki-in was established, Iwamoto joined it and achieved 6-dan.

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Shida missed his chance to make his first top-seven title challenge. After a solid opening, a difficult fight started. Unlike the first game, in which Ichiriki had some chances, Iyama left , playing black, kept the initiative throughout and secured a resignation after moves. This win may have been a little disheartening for Ichiriki, who had now lost 11 games in a row to Iyama all title games, including the NHK Cup final.

The venue is a little unusual: it is a luxury hotel that was originally built as a guest house for the Oshima Shipbuilding Group and is located right next to a shipbuilding yard. This game was marked by complicated fighting among multiple unstable groups that spread from the top through the centre to the bottom. Perhaps the key move was a brilliant sabaki settling a group move with which Iyama white foiled a fierce attack by Ichiriki below right ; this led to a counterattack by Iyama.

Ichiriki resigned after White He now faced his first kadoban a game that can lose a series. The usual pattern in a best-of-seven is to alternate breaks of one week and two weeks. So far, however, in this match games were being played once a week. The reason was to free up some time for both players to represent Japan in international tournaments see reports below.

Both players failed in these tournaments, so as far as psychological aftereffects were concerned, conditions were perhaps even. Once again, Ichiriki white was unable to get an advantage in the middle game, so he staked the game on a large-scale counterstrategy.

However, Iyama calmly parried his attack, even letting him bring a dead group back to life, since he could secure a safe territorial lead anyway. Ichiriki continued to go all out, but his play was unreasonable and he had to resign after Iyama killed a large group. This was a very disappointing series for Ichiriki. Becoming challenger for three titles in a row is actually an impressive achievement, but it sets you up for some rough treatment at the hands of the grand slam champion.

He is also sitting on a winning streak of 14 games in title matches, so he may challenge his personal record of 18 successive title-match wins. The age of Iyama continues. This was her second win, so she dethroned the champion and won her first title at the age of 16 years three months.

Yashiro, who is 41, will be making her first challenge for this title. She is the second woman 1-dan to challenge for this title recently the other was Nyu Eiko 1P, who lost to Xie last year. Ueno had a good year last year, scoring 30 wins to 15 losses; this challenge will raise her profile. Taking white, Ueno showed that she was not overawed by the occasion or her opponent, the most successful woman player ever in Japan.

She was ready to mix it up in scrappy fighting with Xi and secured the lead with a move that took Xie by surprise. Xie resigned after White His game against Kobayashi Satoru 9P will be the final game in the fourth round. Ko Iso, on , is in provisional second place. Results since my last report, are given below. The league leader will be the winner of the final game in the second round, between Cho U and Yamashita Keigo, as he will go to Everyone else has lost at least one game.

Shiraishi was born in Ehime Prefecture on January 14, A disciple of Sekiyama Riichi 9P, he became a professional in and reached 9-dan in He played three times each in the Meijin and Honinbo tournaments. He retired in


Honinbo (competition)

EN In November , an unheralded year-old 7-dan won his way into the Honinbo league. There, over the next 6 months, he beat some of the strongest go players in the world to earn the right to challenge Rin Kaiho for the Honinbo title. At that time, Rin was the undisputed king of the go world. He had convincingly stripped the great Sakata Eio of his Meijin and Honinbo titles, and he had rebuffed him in his challenges to get them back. But Ishida was one of a new breed of players from that hot-house of go prodigies known as the Kitani Dojo. Rin was also noted for these same abilities, but Ishida was a level higher. It starts with his win in the final preliminary tournament which earned him the right to play in the Honinbo league.


The 1971 Honinbo Tournament



IWAMOTO - The 1971 Honinbo tournament, 202 p.


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