Kono Rin defends Tengen title

I got asked in this blog comment: “How about covering the Tengen?” I started writing a belated reply, when I realized that I’d better turn it into a blog entry. Here it is: The reason I didn’t cover Tengen (and other recent tournaments) on the website is because I realized that I don’t have the resources (and by resources I mean “time” :-) ) to keep track of all current titles and tournaments. I did follow Tengen myself though – it was especially interesting for me because Kono Rin (he is the Tengen titleholder, he just defended it against Yamashita Keigo Kisei) was insei when I was (he kicked my butt by 2.5 points in the only game we played – since he was mostly 1-2 classes above me.) He was still insei when I quit (he became pro 1 or 2 years later) and I would have never guessed that he’ll become a title holder. His style, just like his personality, was very quiet, deep-thinking type, never spectacular or attracting attention. He was very serious all the time, I am sure he must have studied very-very hard.

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