Archive for December, 2008

Kobayashi Koichi Misses Comeback Chance

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Kobayashi Kochi, who used to be a dominant figure in Japanese Go for more than two decades before early 2000, hasn’t been in the news the last few years. So when he qualified in the final of the 4th Daiwa Cup he must have had high hopes for a comeback. Unfortunately it didn’t happen, as the much younger Kono Rin won the game in 95 moves – but even qualifying to the finals shows that Kobayashi Koichi is still a remarkable player. Here’s a photo of the two players commenting on the game.
Daiwa 2008 Final

Here is the game record. Kobayashi seems to have tried his old “surviving with a weak group” tactics – he used that a lot in his title matches with Takemiya in the past – but his weak group was killed by Kono Rin.

 

Cho U Captures Oza Title

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Just a few days after capturing the Tengen title, Cho U also captured the Oza title after defeating Yamashita Keigo 3-1.

Cho won the first two games in the title challenge, then Yamashita won game three. Game four was won again by Cho, by 2.5 points.

Oza 2008 title, game 4

Cho U owns now Meijin, Tengen, Gosei and Oza titles, which shows that he is the top player in Japan at the moment.

Here is the record of the 4th game in the Oza title match.

 

Cho U Captures Tengen Title

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Cho U defeated Kono Rin 3-0 in his Tengen title challenge. Cho won the third game by resignation. He owns now Meijin, Tengen and Gosei among the “big seven” titles, and leads 2-1 in his Oza challenge. Here is the game record of the 3rd game in Tengen.
 

Yamashita Hangs on in Oza Title Defense

Monday, December 1st, 2008
Yamashita Keigo won game 3 of the Oza title match by 5.5 points, thus surviving in his title defense (since Oza title is played as a best-of-five match). Cho U won the first 2 games.
Oza 2008 title, game 3
Here is the game record.