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 (this one).
Iyama Yuta is the #1 player in Japan. He currently holds five of the seven major Japanese domestic titles, and he even recently won the 25th TV Asian Cup, defeating Park Junghwan 9p in the final.
On the other hand, Takao Shinji won the 60th Honinbo tournament (in 2005), defeating Cho U 9p 4-1. He also defended the title again challengers Yamada Kimio 9p (4-2) and Yoda Norimoto 9p (4-1) to hold the Honinbo for three years in a row.
However, he was eventually defeated by Hane Naoki (4-3) in the 63rd Honinbo, and was unsuccessful in challenging for the title the following year (Hane won 4-2 in 2009). Takao was even ahead in the title match, 3-0, in the 63rd Honinbo final, but he lost the next four games in a row.
This year (2013) Takao made a comeback and attempted to reclaim the Honinbo title. He swept the Honinbo league with seven wins and no losses, and proceeded through to challenge Iyama Yuta for the title.
Let’s have a look at the final game from the title match.
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Iyama Yuta vs Takao Shinji