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Honinbo, SanRenSei, Tournament

Fujisawa Rina gets Women’s Honinbo title at the youngest age

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][1]” 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.


The finals: Mukai Chiaki (5PD) as the title holder [Player’s card @ Nihon-kiin][2] vs. Fujisawa Rina (2PD) [player’s card @ Nihon-Kiin][3]

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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][4])

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][5]

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Some snaps… (source: [The Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association)][6])

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The venue of the first game (Iwate prefecture)

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At the Reception party of the first game of the 33rd Women’s Honinbo!

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The first move of the first game was played by Rina

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The second move was played by Mukai (the title holder: Women’s Honinbo)

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Rina won the first game by resignation

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Commentary Room: Kataoka Satoshi 9p

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][7]).
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1sts game: Fujisawa Rina (b) vs. Mukai Chiaki (w)… result: b+r
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2087-gokifu-20141107-Mukai_Chiaki-Fujisawa_Rina.sgf (1.5 KB)

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The second game was also won by Rina
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The third game was played at the Nihon Ki-in
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[1]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?Honinbo#toc2
[2]: http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000399.htm
[3]: http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000399.htm
[4]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?MukaiChiaki
[5]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?FujisawaRina
[6]: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nihon-Ki-in-Japan-Go-Association/286261298096771
[7]: http://gokifu.com/s/2087-gokifu-20141107-Fujisawa_Rina%282p%29-Mukai_Chiaki%285p%29.html

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I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…

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