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…

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…

China dominates 1st MLily Cup

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On August 9, 2013, there was much elation in China after their players claimed all eight quarter final places at the 1st MLily Cup. Korean fans watched in dismay as the recent dreadful results of the 18th LG Cup were repeated. Japan’s Yuki Satoshi, who also made it to the round of 16, was knocked out too…

Yamashita Keigo wins 37th Meijin

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On November 12 and 13, 2012, almost three months after the title match started, Yamashita finally grasped the decisive game and successfully defended his Meijin title for the first time. As if trying to prove a point, Yamashita started a severe attack around move 60 and skilfully carried the momentum from one attack to another, winning convincingly in just 138 moves…

China sweeps 2012 World Meijin and Tengen matches

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Over the last few days, China’s made a clean sweep at the 3rd China Japan Korea World Meijin and the 16th China Korea Tengen. Starting on September 10, 2012, Chen Yaoye repeated last year’s 2-0 win over Choi Cheolhan in the Tengen, while Jiang Weijie took home the 3rd World Meijin title.

Go Commentary: Yamashita Keigo vs Iyama Yuta – 67th Honinbo – Game 7

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This is the final match of the 67th Honinbo final between Yamashita Keigo and Iyama Yuta. Iyama won the first two games and the fifth game, and Yamashita won the others. At this point in the series they’re tied at 3-3, so this game will decide the winner of the Hoininbo title…

Go Commentary: Yamashita Keigo vs Iyama Yuta – 67th Honinbo – Game 5

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This is the 5th game of the 67th Honinbo final between Yamashita Keigo and Iyama Yuta. In this series Yamashita is the Honinbo title holder and Iyama is the challenger. Iyama won the first two games, but Yamashita won the next two. So this is a very important game in the series…

Iyama Yuta becomes Honinbo

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Iyama Yuta took his first Honinbo title on July 19, 2012, defeating title holder Yamashita Keigo by 7.5 points in the final game. The best of seven Honinbo title match, which started in May 2012, culminated in an exciting and unusual 7th game. Yamashita, playing black, built a large framework in the opening, while Iyama took solid territory…

Iyama Yuta and Yamashita Keigo deadlocked in 67th Honinbo

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Over the last few months, Iyama Yuta and Yamashita Keigo have been playing the 67th Honinbo title match in various locations throughout Japan. Yamashita won the 6th game on July 10, 2012 and the score now stands at three wins each. This brings the best of seven Honinbo title match to an exciting and decisive 7th game…