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September 8th, 2005

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Cho U wins first game of Meijin title match

The first game of the 30th Meijin title match was held yesterday and today, and Cho U, the title holder, got off to a good start defeating challenger Kobayashi Satoru, who resigned.

Other Japanese news is that Kobayashi Koichi has become the 4th Go player to achieve 1200 professional victories. The other 3 players, all Japanese, are Kato Masao, former Chief Director of the Nihon Ki-in and President of the IGF, who died at the end of last year, as well as two currently active pros, Rin Kaiho and Cho Chikun. Kobayashi’s pro career now spans almost 40 years. Interestingly, Kobayashi, Kato and Cho are all old students of Kitani Minoru, while Rin was a protege of Go Seigen, Kitani’s main rival in the Shin Fuseki era.

Posted by Steve in Pro News

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