Here are some of the most recent developments in the Go World. Feel free to discuss them or post any notable happenings in the Go World, be it amateur or professional, through the forums.
Shibano Toramaru Achieves the Judan Title
Murakawa Daisuke 9p won the Judan Title match against Iyama Yuta 9p, thus becoming the Judan. He was the only Kansai Institute player to hold a title for the past year. This year Iyama was unable to get a chance for a revenge match and instead Shibano Toramaru took his place as the finalist for the Judan title. Initially the 5-match series was pretty even, resulting in both players taking a win from each other. However Shibano won the subsequent two games, giving him a 3-1 score, which means he is now the youngest ever player to win and hold the Judan title (at 20 years old).
Iyama Yuta Leads Honinbo Title Match 3-0
Iyama Yuta lost several of his titles last year which led people to believe that he had peaked in his career. However with his recent games in the Honinbo title match, he has proven that these rumors were no more than baseless gossip. Determined to defend his title, Iyama has been able to gain a significant lead against Shibano, leading 3-0 in the best of 7 series. In his second game, despite playing white, Iyama was in complete control of the game by finding and playing a plethora of masterful tesujis. However Shibano has been gaining traction outside of the title match and so it will be interesting to see which way their next game will swing.
Shin Jinseo sweeps 1st Korean Strongest Player Tournament Finals
The infamous Shin Jinseo and the equally notable Park Junghwan faced off in Korea’s first ever domestic “Strongest Player” tournament. Shin Jinseo, the number one player in Korea, and Park Junghwan, the number two player in Korea, have both played several matches. Outside of this tournament, Shin Jinseo has had a winning record against Park Junghwan and this series of matches only widened this gap. Shin Jinseo won 3 games, swiftly ending the series. However that is not to that the matches were one sided or uninteresting. The immense skill both players possess is openly displayed in these three games and is indicative of Korea’s high level of play overall.