Congrats to 16 year young Fujisawa Rina winning the most prestigious title
– Rina becomes the youngest Women’s Honinbo title holder ever!
The title “[Honinbo]” is the oldest Go tournament in the world and in some ways still the most prestigious in Japan (first started in 1939)… and is decided by best of five match.
The winner’s prize is ¥5,800,000.
Mukai Chiaki (向井千瑛, born December 24, 1987) is a Nihon Ki-in professional. She reached 1 dan in 2004, 2 dan in 2007, 3 dan in 2009, 4 dan in 2010, 5 dan from 2012-02-01 and is a disciple of Honda Sachiko. Her two sisters Mukai Kozue and Mukai Kaori are also professionals. (Source: [SL])
Fujisawa Rina (藤沢里菜) is a Japanese professional female go player, born 1998-09-18, who passed a pro exam in 2010 while in the fifth grade of elementary school. On April 1st 2010, she received her professional diploma at the age of 11 years and 6 months, making her the youngest person in Japan to become a professional. The previous record was held by Cho Chikun who became a professional when he was 11 years 9 months old. Fujisawa began learning Go at the age of 6 and studied under the tutelage of Hong Malk-eun Saem. She was promoted 2 dan in 2013-02-14 (30 wins as 1 dan). – Source: [SL]
Some snaps… (source: [The Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association)])
The first game (7th Nov 2014) looks like Fujisawa Rina (as black) follows a strategy for a centre oriented playing, here the status of the game at move 103 (source: [GoKifu.com]).