Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Ida Atsushi – 69th Honinbo

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This is game 5 of the 69th Honinbo final, played between Iyama Yuta 9p and Ida Atsushi 8p on June 30 and July 1 2014. Iyama Yuta was already leading the match 3-1 at this stage, so this game was a kadoban (match deciding game) for Ida…

The 10th Chunlan Cup begins in China

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The 10th Chunlan Cup kicked off on March 26, 2014, in Taezhou, China. The Chunlan Cup is an invitational tournament for 24 top players from around the world. This year’s North American and European representatives – Jiang Mingjiu 7p and Fan Hui 2p – are certainly no strangers to the Western Go community…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Yamashita Keigo – 38th Kisei – Game 6

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Iyama Yuta, the strongest Go player in Japan, successfully defended his Kisei title against challenger Yamashita Keigo, on March 13, 2014. This year’s 38th Kisei was the first time Iyama went into the title match as the title holder. He took the Kisei title from Cho U in 2013…

Go Commentary: Akiyama Jiro vs Iyama Yuta – 39th Tengen

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This is game 3 of the 39th Tengen final, which was played on November 28. After this Tengen victory and his successful December 2 defense of the Oza, Iyama is on track to challenge Yuki Satoshi for the Judan and to complete the Japanese grand slam of Go in 2014…

No longer underdogs: Zhou Ruiyang and Tuo Jiaxi fight their way to 18th LG Cup final

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The semifinals of the 18th LG Cup were played on November 13, 2013, at the Paradise Hotel in Incheon, Korea. Zhou Ruiyang 9p defeated Chen Yaoye 9p and Tuo Jiaxi 3p defeated Li Zhe to proceed to the final. Both of them are in very good form these days, so it’s hard to predict who will have the advantage in the final…

Iyama Yuta completes Japanese trifecta with 38th Meijin victory

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Iyama Yuta, the strongest Go player in Japan, completed his trifecta of the big three Japanese titles by winning the 38th Meijin on October 17, 2013. When the final game finished, Iyama Yuta had defeated Yamashita Keigo by 4.5 points…

Go Commentary: Kono Rin vs Iyama Yuta – 38th Gosei – Game 5

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This is the final game from the 38th Gosei title match, between Iyama Yuta and Kono Rin. It was played at the Nihon Ki-in Kansai branch in Osaka, on August 23, 2013. Iyama Yuta is the #1 player in Japan, and he’s also Japan’s greatest hope on the international Go scene…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Takao Shinji – 68th Honinbo – Game 7

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This is the final game of the 68th Honinbo title match, played between Iyama Yuta and Takao Shinji. Iyama won the first game, but Takao won next two games, leaving the score at 2-1. Iyama countered by winning games 4 and 5, and Takao defended the kadoban in game 6. This left the Honinbo title tied at 3-3, to be decided by a single decisive game…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Iyama Yuta – 25th Asian TV Cup

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This game is from the final of the 25th Asian TV Cup, played between Iyama Yuta and Park Junghwan. Iyama Yuta is arguably the best player from Japan at the moment, currently holding five of the seven major Japanese titles. Park Junghwan is #2 in Korea, next to Lee Sedol 9p, and he defeated Yuki Satoshi 9p in the semifinal…

Iyama Yuta defends Honinbo title – 68th Honinbo

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The final game of the 68th Honinbo title match was played on July 17 and 18, in Hadano, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. When the game finished, Iyama Yuta had defeated Takao Shinji by 4.5 points. With this win, and a final score of 4-3 for the best of seven series, Iyama successfully defended the Honinbo title…