10-31 53rd NHK Cup, Cho beaten
Can Cho U still be beaten? Yes, Imamura Yoshiaki did it
in the 2nd round of the 53rd NHK TV Cup hayago tournament.
Lightning games are a real joy to replay, showing the most
basic instincts, but on professional level. In this game
Imamura goes after Cho with everything he got.
10-28 Oza title, 1st game
Cho U continues his title match dominance by beating Yamashita Keigo
in the 1st game of the 53rd Oza title match.
But surely both Kobayashi and Yamashita still will give him a hard
time the coming weeks.
This match will be continued the 21st of November.
10-20 Meijin title, 5th game
Kobayashi Satoru, the challenger for the 30th Meijin title is
closing the gap by also winning the 5th game against title holder Cho U.
Now there is only one game between them (3-2).
To be continued on the 3rd of November.
While the young Korean team barely manages to win the direct
battle with the Chinese the 10th LG Cup shows there is not much
between these rival countries.
The final of this tournament will be played by two Chinese players:
young Gu Li and even younger Chen Yaoye (shown).
The title will be decided in a best-of-five match, starting somewhere
10-16 NHK Cup: fearless fighting
Once in a while we get to see a glimpse of the latent
fighting power of professionals. The most recent game for
the 53rd NHK Cup between Moriyama Naoki and Takao Shinji
shows a game similar to the famous game between Go Seigen
en Sakata Eio, also for the NHK Cup but back in 1966 (see
the game gallery). The game catches fire and shown us the
power of ko. Study recommended but also just for your entertainment.
10-12 Meijin title, 4th game
Kobayashi Satoru, the challenger for the 30th Meijin title takes
one back in the 4th game against title holder Cho U.
This means we will see at least one more game between these two.
To be continued on the 19th of October.
10-11 New Korean tournament launched
The Korean Go scene has a new tournament: the Korean Price
Information Cup. It features four qualification leagues
which result in a semi-final knockout and a best-of-three
title match, an interesting formula.
First title holder is Park YoungHoon convincingly beating
Lee ChangHo (who else?) in the final.
10-08 Iyama promoted to 7-dan
Winning the 12th Japan Open brought Iyama Yuta (16 year old)
immediate promotion to 7-dan.
10-08 16 jr old wins Japan Open
Iyama Yuta, the 16 year old super-talent wins the 12th Agon Haya-Go
Championship of Japan. In the final he beats Kobayashi Satoru, the
challenger for the 30th Meijin title.