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Cho U – Yamashita Keigo 1-0 in Judan Title Match

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Just a few days after Cho U captured number one Japanese title, Kisei, from Yamashita Keigo the same two met again in the first game of the Judan title. This time Cho U is the title holder and Yamashita Keigo is the challenger.

Cho U captured Judan from Takao Shinji last year. Takao then put up a good fight in the qualification tournament to become challenger, but was defeated by Yamashita in the final of the knock-out tournament that decided the challenger.

Cho U started his defense of the Judan title well and won the first game. The next game will be played on March 25th.

Here is the game record: Cho U played black and won by resignation.

(; KM[6.5] EV[48th Judan title match 1] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] PW[Yamashita Keigo] WR[Tengen] DT[2010-03-04] BR[Judan] RE[B+R] PB[Cho U] ;B[pd];W[dd];B[qp];W[dq];B[co];W[op];B[oq];W[nq];B[pq];W[dl];B[np] ;W[mq];B[no];W[kp];B[iq];W[fp];B[cq];W[dp];B[io];W[cp];B[lo];W[ip] ;B[jp];W[ko];B[hp];W[km];B[kq];W[lp];B[pj];W[nn];B[mo];W[ll];B[on] ;W[nc];B[lj];W[om];B[nl];W[mk];B[nm];W[mj];B[pf];W[mh];B[jd];W[hd] ;B[me];W[ce];B[jf];W[hf];B[cc];W[dc];B[hc];W[gc];B[ic];W[pb];B[qc] ;W[lc];B[gb];W[fc];B[nd];W[le];B[ld];W[kd];B[md];W[kc];B[ke];W[mc] ;B[lf];W[dj];B[cm];W[cl];B[il];W[jj];B[bp];W[bq];B[bl];W[bk];B[bn] ;W[kn];B[qb];W[ie];B[je];W[oc];B[dm];W[em];B[en];W[fm];B[fn];W[gm] ;B[br];W[cr];B[aq];W[go];B[ck];W[al];B[bm];W[dk];B[cj];W[bj];B[ci] ;W[bi];B[gn];W[hn];B[ho];W[hm];B[eo];W[gr];B[ep];W[hr];B[fq];W[fr] ;B[eq];W[er];B[ok];W[cq];B[ig];W[hh];B[ji];W[ii];B[hg];W[gg];B[ki] ;W[ih];B[jh];W[kk];B[cb];W[oi];B[pi];W[db];B[bd];W[ph];B[qh];W[be] ;B[ca];W[od];B[jb];W[kb];B[gf];W[gh];B[pc];W[fb];B[if])

You can see also the complete tournament table here.

Cho U Captures Judan Title

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Cho U won game 4 and defeated Judan title holder Takao Shinji 3:1.
Judan Title 2009
Here is the game record. Cho U played black and killed Takao’s group on the lower side.
By capturing this title, Cho U holds an amazing five out of the seven major Japaense titles: Meijin, Judan, Tengen, Oza and Gosei. He also won Agon Cup, which is a blitz tournament.
Cho U, Judan 2009
Takao Shinji has no more title after losing Judan, but he qualified as the Honinbo title challenger and he is playing a best-of-seven match with title holder Hane Naoki starting on May 13th. All the game records from the Judan title are here.

Cho U Takes the Lead in Judan Title

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
Cho U won game three in his Judan title challenge against Takao Shinji, and leads 2:1. Judan is played in a best-of-five system, so one more win will give Cho the title.
Tengen Title 2009, game 3

Here is the game record .


Cho U Wins Game 2, Evens Score In Judan

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Cho U (shown in the official Nihon Ki-in photo below), challenger for the Japanese Judan title, won game 2 by 4.5 points against the title holder Takao Shinji. The score is now 1:1.
Cho U

Here is the game record .

  Game 3 will be played on April 9th, in Japan.

Takao Wins First Game in Judan Title Defense

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Judan Title started in Japan, with Takao Shinji defending his title against Cho U. Takao started well, winning the first game by 2.5 points. Next game will be played on March 17th. Judan title match is played in a best-of-five system.
Judan Title 2009, game 1

Here is the game record.


Takao Shinji Captures Judan Title from Cho Chikun

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Takao Shinji won the Judan title match 3-0 against veteran Cho Chikun. Takao is also holding the Honinbo title.

Judan 2008

Cho must have been exhausted after his attempt to capture the Kisei title from Yamashita Keigo (where he was barely defeated with a 4-3 score) – which ended on March 20th. With this defeat Cho lost his last major title this year.

Here is the game record .


Judan Title: Cho Chikun – Takao Shinji 0-2

Thursday, March 27th, 2008
Takao Shinji is one win away from capturing the Judan title from Cho Chikun after winning the second game as well, since Judan follows a “best-of-five” system.

Judan 2008, game 2

After his unsuccessful attempt to capture the Kisei title from Yamashita, Cho’s last chance to hold a major title during 2008 is to defend his Judan title. (Cho defended the Judan title against Yamashita in 2007 – you can read last year’s title report on Next game will be played on April 3rd. (Links to the games: game 1 game 2)

Judan Title: Takao Shinji – Cho Chikun 1-0

Thursday, March 6th, 2008
The challenger in the Judan Title, Takao Shinji (who is also the Honinbo Title holder) won the first game against Cho Chikun (who is also playing the Kisei Title match) by resignation. Here is the beginning of the game (Takao played Black):

Takao Shinji vs Cho Chikun

It is interesting to notice the exchange of 24 for 25: White peeps at a point where he could cut later. I have seen this move in several games lately. Also, after Black’s invasion in san-san with 31 it’s a touch decision for White to pick the side to block on: in this case the decision has nothing to do with the potential White would develop on the outside (because that potential is too small to be interesting anyways, given that White has low extensions on both sides), but with the fight that starts once Black is forced to capture one stone.

Here’s a nice photo montage from the Nihon Ki-in site:

Judan Sen 2008

Takao Shinji (Honinbo) is Judan challenger

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Takao Shinji (on the right hand side in the photo) defeated Cho U in the playoff for becoming Judan challenger. (link to the game)

Judan challenger playoff 2008

Cho Chikun is Judan title holder, and the first game will be played on March 6th.

Cho won the 45th Judan title 3-2

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
Cho Chikun defended the Judan title 3-2! He won the last game by 3.5 points. Interestingly, this last game was played on a Western-style table, instead of the traditional tatami mat – see pictures here and here. I am very glad Cho Sensei won – he is one of the last representatives of the old Kitani School that is still competing successfully with the newer generation of players in Japan.