American Go E-Journal

The Power Report: Kisei S League; Iyama plays in top Chinese league

Monday August 16, 2021

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Kisei S League
   Two players were undefeated in the 46th Kisei S League on 3-0, so their clash on July 26 was the key game of the league to date. Ichiriki Ryo beat Yo Seiki, so the former took the sole lead. On 2-1, Murakawa Daisuke is still in the running if Ichiriki falters and he wins his remaining two games, as he is ranked above Ichiriki and there are no play-offs within the league. For the same
reason, Yo, though on 3-1, is out of the running, but he could come second and make the knock-out tournament to decide the challenger. Takao Shinji is also in the running for second place. Results since my last report follow.

(May 31) Yo Seiki 8p (B) beat Takao Shinji 9p by resig.
(June 10) Yo (W) beat Kono Rin 9p by resig.
(June 17). Ichiriki Ryo Tengen (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 9p by resig.; Takao (B) beat Yamashita Keigo 9p by 3.5.
(July 15) Takao (W) beat Kono by resig.
(July 26) Ichiriki (W) beat Yo Seiki by resig.

   In the A League, Onishi Ryuhei 7p and Shibano Toramaru Oza share the lead on 4-2. In the B1 League, Shida Tatsuya 7p has the sole lead with 5-1. In the B2 League, So Yokoku 9p and Son Makoto 7p share the lead on 5-1. In the C League, four players have started with three straight wins: Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p, Numadate Sakiya 7p, Otake Yu 5p, and Yuki Satoshi 9p. Scores of the female players in this league are: Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo, 1-2; Xie Yimin 6p 1-1; Nakamura Sumire 2p 0-2.

Iyama plays in top Chinese league
   The Chinese A Class League, a large-scale team tournament, probably represents the top level of go competition in the world. Unfortunately, information about it is hard to come by for people who do not know Chinese, but the ejournal published an excellent article by Yuan Zhou on July 20. This year Japan’s top player, Iyama Yuta, is participating for the first time, and he played his first game on June 12. This happened to be the day after he suffered his third
 successive loss in the Honinbo title match. Iyama is a member of the Zhejiang Ticai team, and his opponent was Xie Ke, one of China’s top players, who represented the Supoer Hangzhou team. Taking black, Iyama scored a good win, keeping the initiative throughout the game. This game was actually in the 10th round of the league; so far his team has three wins, four losses, and three draws, and is running 10th out of 16 teams. By the way, earlier in the year, Shiban
o Toramaru and Ichiriki Ryo both played a game in this league but lost.

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