One day before his 20th birthday Shibano Toramaru gave himself a great
present: the 44th Meijin title.
In an exciting game with large exchanges a huge ko decided the outcome
of the game. And although Cho U played some more endgame the outcome was inevitable.
Cho U, title holder of the Meijin title faces kadoban against challenger
Shibano Toramaru. The score: 3-1, so one more loss and Shibano will be the
new Meijin at the age of 20 years.
Hane Naoki has taken the 44th Gosei title by winning the exciting final game
of the best-of-five match.
The Gosei title match will go all the way this year. By winning the fourth game Kyo Kagen
leveled the score (2-2) against challenger Hane Naoki.
To be continued on the 23rd of August.
By losing the second match against challenger Hane Naoki, Kyo Kagen now faces kadoban
in the Gosei title match. This implies Kagen needs to win all three possibly remaining games
to keep his title.
By winning 4 games in a row Iyama Yuta successfully defends his Honinbo title against challenger Kono Rin.
By winning the 4th game Iyama Yuta equalized (2-2) the title match against challenger Kono Rin.
After his unsuccessful challenge last year (3-0 for Iyama Yuta) Murakawa
came back strongly this time by taking the 57th Judan title convincingly
with a score of 3-1.