Iyama Yuta wins 70th Honinbo, holds title for 4th consecutive year

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Iyama Yuta 9p defended his Honinbo title, defeating Yamashita Keigo 9p with a 4-1 score in the 70th Honinbo title match. Game 5 of the final was played on June 29 and 30 in Osaka, Japan, and Iyama Yuta won by resignation after 200 moves…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Yamashita Keigo – 39th Kisei Final

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This is game 7 of the 39th Kisei title match. The game was played between Iyama Yuta and Yamashita Keigo on March 19 and 20, 2015, in Niigata, Japan. Iyama got off to a good start in this match. He won the first three games, so the score was 3-0…

19th LG Cup gets serious – Round of 32

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The main draw of the 19th LG Cup kicked off on June 9, 2014 at the Lakai Sandpine Resort in Korea. This year, Li Weiqing broke through to the preliminaries, to rub shoulders with the big guns in the main draw. Like us, this next fact will probably make most readers feel their age…

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…