This is the third game of the 37th Gosei final in Japan, between Iyama Yuta and Hane Naoki. Iyama won the first two games, so if Hane Naoki loses this game, he’ll lose the Gosei title (the Gosei is a best of five title match). Hane’s style of play is gentle and calm. On the other hand, Iyama prefers a fighting game…
On February 24, 2012, Team China took the 13th Nongshim Cup, after Xie He 7p defeated Lee Changho 9p in the final game. The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea. The sponsor, Nongshim, is a Korean instant noodles company. Korea won the 12th Nongshim Cup last year. In fact, Korea has [...]
This is a commentary of the last game of the 66th Honinbo title match. Yamashita won first three games, but Hane won next three games and made it a tie at 3-3. In general, we could expect Hane to win from this position in a reverse sweep. Anyway, let’s review the final game of the 66th Honinbo final and see what happened.
Yamashita Keigo (9p) successfully defended the Japanese Honinbo title today, cutting short Hane Naoki’s recent winning streak. Going into this match Hane Naoki (9p) was the favorite to win the title, and for much of the final game it seemed that he would. However, Honinbo Dowa (Yamashita Keigo) is nothing if not tenacious. Even though the final game looked difficult for him, he waited for his opportunity to strike back.
The 66th Honinbo has turned out to be an exciting title series. The sixth match, which finished on July 14, was a spectacular game full of complicated fights. Earlier in the year, Yasmashita Keigo (9p) won the first three games of the title. However Hane Naoki (9p) fought back with three successive wins of his own. The 7th game will now decide who takes the prestigious Honinbo title.