To repay my debt here's a brief update on the Yamashita (Kisei) versus Hane (Tengen) ongoing go board battle.
|28th Kisei 2004, game 3|
In the best of 7 match today Hane took the lead by 3 games
winning the third game of the kisei title match with 3.5
points (playing black). The game was played in Kuwana
City which is not far from the central Japan branch of
the Nihon Ki-in. This explains why there were 14 pro's
present in the press room (normal is about 4). What was
a surprise, however, was that about 200 amateur players
showed up to have a look at the game commentary (normal
for games outside the "city"'s about 40 people). For the
sponsor and organizing Yomiuri newspaper it was a big
success although some start to worry if Yamashita is
alright seeming to be in an unprecedented slump.
Hane Yasumasa's 9p reply to if his son Naoki now belongs
to the world top: "No, he's too old and does not study
(Submitted by: Pieter Mioch)
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