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Kisei Title, Game 6, Day 1

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Game 6 of the Kisei Title started today. The score is 3:2 in favor of the title holder, Yamashita Keigo. The challenger, Yoda Norimoto (playing the first move in the photo below) needs to win both this and the last game in order to capture the title.
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Here is another photo of the two players, enjoying the sound of the thick goban on the day before the match started, and taking photos for the press, while Rin Kaiho (seated) and Takemiya Masaki (standing in the back) are watching.
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For more photos from this title see the Yomiuri online page. See the match page here, including the moves up to now.

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!