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||Hirose Heijiro (from 1907)
||Kato Shin, Born in 1891 in Tokyo, Japan.
Died July 1952.
In 1907, became student of Hirose Heijiro, who was awarded an Honorary 8 dan rank
by the Nihon Kiin posthumously. Although possessed with
sufficient strength to attain professional shodan status, his
teacher held him back, and he was recognized as such by the
Hoensha (of which Hirose was Chief Director) in 1908,
promoted to 8 dan in 1942 by recommendation.
First major title: in the 1st Honinbo Title, 1941, drew play-off
match with Sekiyama Riichi 6 dan, 3 wins to 3 losses. Awarded
second place because of Sekiyama's better tournament record.
Played at a time when challenge matches, rather than tournament
titles, were the norm.
Known for his powerful play with black.