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.
Already for the 7th time in a row Iyama Yuta should be called "Kisei".
In this 43rd edition the challenger was Yamashita Keigo, which was
his 4th challenge in 6 years.
The Nihon Ki-in will promote Nakamura Sumire, daugther of
Nakamura Shinya, 9p at 2019-04-01 to 1p.
This is remarkable for two reasons: her age, and she has
never been part of the insei program.
However, after having seen a game of her against Cho U, 9p,
her promotion to 1p was a fact.
On 2019-01-06 she played a demo game with Iyama Yuta.
By taking the 54th Judan title Iyama Yuta completes the
grand slam, all seven major titles. These titles are:
Kisei, Honinbo, Meijin, Judan, Gosei, Oza and Tengen.
The last time a player accomplished this fact was Cho Chikun
back in 1987. Incidently, also by taking the (26th) Judan title.
After an initial lead by Lee SeDol in the final game of the match
against AlphaGo the computer fights back to eventually win by
resignation, being in the lead by about 2.5 points at that point.
This game concludes the match in which the computer prevailed by 4-1 over
top-player Lee SeDol from Korea.
See also: the complete match summary
by Hajin Lee