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Kono Rin Wins 5th Daiwa Cup

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Kono Rin repeated last year’s performance and won the 5th Daiwa Cup. He defeated Cho Sonjin, O Meien, Cho U and Iyama Yuta.

The record of the final game is here. Kono Rin (black) defeated Iyama Yuta by 1.5 points.

(; RE[B+1.5] WR[Meijin] EV[5th Daiwa Cup final] BR[Daiwa Cup] PB[Kono Rin] FF[3] SZ[19] GM[1] KM[6.5] DT[2009-12-19] PW[Iyama Yuta] ;B[qd];W[dd];B[pp];W[dq];B[oc];W[ck];B[pj];W[nq];B[pn];W[jp];B[fc] ;W[df];B[jd];W[do];B[fe];W[ec];B[fb];W[ff];B[gf];W[fg];B[dk];W[dl] ;B[cj];W[ek];B[dj];W[cl];B[ch];W[ej];B[bf];W[be];B[ei];W[fi];B[eh] ;W[ge];B[fd];W[bg];B[fh];W[gg];B[gi];W[hf];B[el];W[em];B[fl];W[fm] ;B[gl];W[ic];B[id];W[hd];B[hc];W[hb];B[gc];W[jc];B[ie];W[kc];B[he] ;W[gm];B[hl];W[nc];B[cf];W[od];B[ce];W[de];B[bd];W[jg];B[le];W[lg] ;B[pc];W[ld];B[ke];W[me];B[mf];W[lf];B[db];W[if];B[je];W[nd];B[dr] ;W[cq];B[nf];W[pe];B[nh];W[kj];B[qe];W[pf];B[qg];W[qf];B[rf];W[qq] ;B[pq];W[pr];B[or];W[qr];B[oq];W[ro];B[hq];W[jq];B[io];W[hp];B[jr] ;W[iq];B[ir];W[hr];B[gq];W[gr];B[kq];W[kp];B[lq];W[fq];B[rn];W[qo] ;B[qn];W[po];B[oo];W[qp];B[mj];W[pg];B[qh];W[nr];B[ns];W[np];B[op] ;W[lp];B[mr];W[hi];B[dg];W[eg];B[cc];W[ps];B[no];W[os];B[mp];W[ms] ;B[lo];W[re];B[rg];W[nb];B[bk];W[bl];B[ii];W[gh];B[fj];W[ji];B[hj] ;W[hh];B[ob];W[oa];B[qb];W[sn];B[sm];W[so];B[rm];W[bj];B[bi];W[ak] ;B[kk];W[ij];B[ko];W[jk];B[lk];W[ph];B[pi];W[pa];B[ik];W[jj];B[jl] ;W[rb];B[rc];W[qa];B[ib];W[ia];B[ai];W[cd];B[ae];W[dc];B[eb];W[hn] ;B[ne];W[md];B[jo];W[gp];B[in];W[hm];B[im];W[mh];B[mi];W[oh];B[mg] ;W[lh];B[oi];W[cb];B[bc];W[ns];B[mq];W[ks];B[gb];W[jb];B[kr];W[ga] ;B[fa];W[ha];B[aj];W[bk];B[li];W[ki];B[ho];W[go];B[ip];W[hq];B[kf] ;W[kg];B[sb];W[ra];B[se];W[jf];B[gd];W[kd];B[gf];W[ni];B[ng];W[ge] ;B[hd];W[pb];B[qc];W[gf];B[hs];W[gs];B[is];W[da];B[bb];W[ba];B[ca] ;W[sf];B[sg];W[cb];B[ea];W[ls];B[nj];W[na];B[ca];W[ef];B[sc];W[pd] ;B[ni];W[lr];B[mo])

The complete tournament table is here.

Fujitsu Cup, Round 2

Monday, April 13th, 2009
The seeded players joined the round 1 winners in this year’s Fujitsu Cup. After having a record number of players in round 2, Japan will have to be content with only two players in round 3, as Yamashita Keigo defeated Qiu Jun of China, and Kono Rin defeated Gu Li of China. This last win must mean a lot for Kono Rin (and for the Japanese team in general), since Gu Li seems to be number 1 in the world based on the number of international titles he won last year. Incidentally, Gu Li was last year’s Fujitsu Cup winner! Here is a photo of Yamashita (left) against Qiu Jun (Kono Rin is standing):
Fujitsu Cup 2009
And here is a photo of Kono Rin (right) against Gu Li:
Fujitsu Cup 2009
Hane Naoki (Japan) lost against Chang Hao (China), Cho U (Japan) lost against Lee Sedol (Korea), Takao Shinji (Japan) lost against Lee Changho (Korea), Iyama Yuta (Japan) lost against Kang Dongyun (Korea), Moriyama Naoki (Japan) lost again Piao Wenyao (China), and Xie He (China) lost against Park Yeonghun (Korea). Round 3, to be played on June 6th in Seoul, Korea, will have four Koreans, two Japanese and two Chinese players.
Fujitsu Cup 2009

Here is the game record between Kono Rin and Gu Li .


Tournament table and game records here.

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.

Cho U 2-0 in Tengen Title Challenge

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Cho U won the second game as well in his challenge for the Tengen title against Kono Rin. This victory brings him just one victory away from capturing Tengen. Third game will be played on December 4th.

Here is the game record. I was very impressed by move 141 made by Cho U: it’s a killing move that defies the “Don’t attach against stones you are attacking”. On second though, maybe it is not defying it at all, since this is not an attacking move, but a killing move…


Also, here is the game record from the first game.


Kono Rin defends Tengen title

Sunday, December 16th, 2007
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.