Posts Tagged ‘kobayashi koichi’

Honinbo Title, game 2, day 1

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Second game of the best-of-seven title match for the Honinbo title started yesterday, and it will be concluded today. Here is a photo of Hane Naoki, title holder, handing the sealed move to the referee, Kobayashi Koichi.
Honinbo 2009, game 2
And here is the position after day one (Hane plays black):
Honinbo 2009, game 2, day 1
UPDATE: Takao, white, won the game. Here is the final position:
Honinbo 2009, game 2, final postion

Kisei Title – can Cho recover from 1-3?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
The next Kisei Title game between Yamashita Keigo and Cho Chikun will be today. Yamashita leads Cho 3-1, which means that one more win will assure Yamashita of keeping his title again this year. Will Cho be able to make a recovery from this uncomfortable score? The Nihon Ki-in website published a table with the history of best-of-seven titles where one of the players recovered from 1-3 (or even from 0-3) to win the title. Out of 10 such cases, Cho recovered 3 times from 0-3 to win the title: against Fujisawa Shuko in Kisei, 1983, against Otake Hideo in Meijin, 1984, and against Kobayashi Koichi in Honinbo, 1992. Cho also came back once from 1-3 to win the Honinbo title in 1990, also against Kobayashi Koichi. Cho was also on the the other side of “miraculous comebacks” once: he led 3-0 against Rin Kaiho in Honinbo 1983 before losing the title 3-4.

So Cho Sensei is the master of comebacks. He is renowned for doing his best under pressure. I’m sure we’ll see an exciting game later today!

Kisei title: Yamashita Keigo – Cho Chikun 1-0

Sunday, January 13th, 2008
Yamashita started his defense of the Kisei title well, by winning the first game (by resignation). It may look like an upset win since Yamashita made a large dent in Cho’s territory while they seemed to start yose, but by following the Cyberoro pro comments (just the variations, since I cannot read the actual comments) I think Yamashita was ahead anyway and Cho tried to over-stretch in the yose stage by not defending properly against White 118, which led to the more spectacular ending. Yamashita looks happy during the post-mortem game analysis with the main referee, Kobayashi Koichi, who was himself Kisei in the late 80’s – early 90’s for a record of 8 consecutive years (of which, interestingly, he both captured the title from Cho, then lost the title to Cho as well).