Iyama Yuta wins 41st Tengen and 63rd Oza

Iyama Yuta 9p came back to Tengen by defeating Takao Shinji 9p with a 3-0 score. The 41st Tengen final, game 3 was played on November 25, 2015 in Fukuoka, Japan, and Iyama Yuta won by resignation at 147 moves. In 2014, Takao Shinji challenged for the 40th Tengen, and he defeated Iyama Yuta with a 3-2 score to become a new Tengen.

Iyama wins 40th Meijin, three years in a row

Iyama Yuta 9p defended his Meijin title on October 6, 2015, defeating Takao Shinji 9p with a straight 4-0 score in the 40th Meijin title match. Game 4 of the final was played on October 5 and 6 in Mie Prefecture, Japan, and Iyama Yuta won by resignation after 227 moves…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Takao Shinji – 40th Tengen Final

This is game 4 from the 40th Tengen final. The game was played between Iyama Yuta 9p and Takao Shinji 9p on December 11, 2014 in Kobe, Japan…

An Younggil’s Pro Go Videos: 53rd Judan Final decider – Ida Atsushi vs Takao Shinji

The game was and interesting contest between Black’s challenging and aggressive style of play and White’s defensive and sophisticated style. There weren’t any big fighting in the game, but neither player lost balance, and you’ll enjoy this exciting game right up until the very end…

Ida Atsushi becomes youngest Judan in history – 53rd Judan

Ida Atsushi has won his first major title and become the youngest Judan in history, defeating Takao Shinji in the 53rd Judan with a 3-2 score. The fifth game of the best of five title match was played on April 22, 2015, at the Nihon Kiin, Tokyo, Japan…

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

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…

2013 Samsung Cup group stage wrap up

After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of 2013 Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 5, 2013. 16 players progressed, including 11 players from China, and just 5 players from Korea. Japan’s players were all eliminated in the group stage…

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

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…

Iyama Yuta defends Honinbo title – 68th Honinbo

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…

18th LG Cup: Japan fights on, Korea knocked out

After a brief day’s respite, the 16 remaining players in the 18th LG Cup returned to battle on June 12, 2013. For the first time in the history of the LG Cup, there are no Koreans in the quarter final line-up. Meanwhile, Japan continues their charge through the draw…