24th Meijin Title 1999
The professionals usually have to give speeches during the
reception on the evening before each title match game. During
the speech before the 4th game Cho said something funny:
Yoda said that he knew he was up
against an opponent that was maybe too tough for him, but he was
determined to win the Meijin at least once in his life. Cho replied that
as he hoped to win the Meijin at least 10 times on the trot to match his
record in the Honinbo, he wished Yoda a long life.
In the league play-off (to decide the challenger of the titleholder
Cho Chikun) Yoda Norimoto (playing black) beat Kobayashi Koichi
by the smallest margin (0.5 point). The game was played on August 9
in the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo and took 300 moves.