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Post #121 Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2022 3:01 am 
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Yet another sidelight on go among women in Japan.

There have been quite a few J-pop stars who say (or who their publicists say) they are go fans. That's the light infantry. Now we have women in the heavy cavalry. The Sakamoto Sisters, Aya and Risa, have been studying music in Rostock University and recently won 3rd prize as a piano duo in the prestigious German ARD music competition (but also won the audience's first prize). They are in their mid 20's, and have been pro for over 22 years!. But they have revealed that over all that time since toddlerhood they have also been keen go fans.

Their revelations came in an interview between them and Shibano and Onishi Ryuhei. Aya disclosed that she used to keep music scores under her pillow, and would sing duets with Risa. Toramaru said he kept a tsumego book there, and Ryuhei kept game records.

The Sakamoto sisters were born in Japan but are half Filipina. Risa, I think, had a brief career as a J-pop star (as Sakamoto Rin) but apparently didn't like the pressure of that world.

Looks like a pair-go match made in heaven?! They did play one but it was left unfinished!


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Post #122 Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:15 pm 
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Interesting parallel with chess in the USA. Two rap stars RZA and GZA, original members of Wu Tang Clan, are well known chess fans who have done work to promote chess with young Afro-americans.

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Post #123 Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:29 pm 
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Different tournaments begin in different moment of the year. We know this. So at a given moment, the progress is different for each one. Is it about to finish? They are playing the last prelims? Difficult to keep track. So, because of things that make me stay at home, I am going to see how are things with the Army. Let's see:

- Kisei. The title match for the #46 Kisei has started, but the #47 prelims has already started. Fujisawa Rina kept her seat in the C league, but Sumire and Xie Yimin lost theirs. They will skip one game in the prelims, but that's it. So Rina will aim to go to one of the B leagues, or keep her seat.
- Meijin. The #47 league is on going. Xie Yimin was 1 game short of qualifying. She will play again in the last prelim of the #48 Meijin. In the first prelims, Ueno Asami and Suzuki Ayumi are seeded in the B prelim, so they have to win only 1 game before the next prelim. Kobayashi Izumi and Kibe Natsuki are 2 games away. Sumire has won her first game.
- Honinbo. #77 league going on too. Suzuki Ayumi lost in the semifinal of the last prelim. I think she will play in the A prelim (#78). The C and B prelims are being played. Xie Yimin has already qualified, the Ueno sisters are both one game away (big result for Risa)... some wins and some loses.
- Oza. Rina played the last prelim (#70). She lost to Onishi Kenya 4dan. The #71 term has not started yet.
- Tengen. Rina has qualified for the main event, and Kato Chie 2 dan is going to play Mutsuura Yuta 7 dan for another seat. It would be great to add a new name to the big events.
- Gosei. The main tournament (#47) has just started. Nyu Eiko lost to Norimoto Yoda 9 dan. The prelims for #48 haven't started yet.
- Judan. Rina and Asami played the main tournament, and Rina played in the quarterfinal. Best 8, a big milestone.

This is it for the big seven. Can we see a female in the big leagues this year? Let's hope. That day is not too far.

In other tournaments:
- Shinjin O. The main event has just started, with 8 names in red. Ueno Asami played the last final. A path may have opened.
- Kiriyama. Rina played the last tournament, and lost in the first round... to Iyama. You can't say she went easily.
- NHK. Four females have played in the current term, and already lost. You can guess their names.

Others, like Wakakoi, Teikei... are shorter (in the sense that they don't take a whole year).

And then there are the female only tournaments.
- Honinbo. Rina won again, but the challenger was new (Hoshiai Shiho).
- Meijin. The prelims for the league have finished. Who will challenge Rina? Who will lose their seats? The answer of both questions won't be Sumire (believe & hope).
- Kisei. The title match is going to begin soon, between Ueno Asami and Suzuki Ayumi. The winner, in a few weeks.

And more or less, that's the situation right now. What I'd really like for this year is to bring more and more names to the thread.

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Post #124 Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:27 am 
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Some news in these last few days.

First, the female Kisei title match started. Ueno Asami won the first game (it's a best of 3). Again, against Suzuki Ayumi. What's with this tournament and these 2 players? They have played the last 3 terms. Too bad they didn't broadcast it in youtube, because they played in a church. There was a live comment in the space of the building, the game was (I guess) in a smaller and quieter room.

Fujisawa Rina beat Rin Xien 8-dan (his Japanized name, he is from Taiwan) in the final game of the B prelim of the Honinbo. She will play the A tournament. Xie Yimin will be in it too, and some other players still have chances.

In the Kisei, Ueno Risa 1-dan lost to Kataoka Satoshi 9-dan. A bit too much to chew, perhaps. Also in the Kisei, Mimura Kaori 3-dan lost to Fujui Masaaki 9-dan. Cho Chien lost to Kurita Keiki (amateur, I am not sure about the name). Tanimiya Ayako 3-dan lost to Okada Shin'ichiro 9-dan. Yoshihara Yukari 6-dan lost to Sugimoto Akira 8-dan. Makihata Taeko 4-dan lost to Suzuki Yoshimichi 7-dan. Kato Chie 2-dan lost to Sonoda Yuuichi 9-dan. Big slaughter.

I might have missed some interesting result, but after so much blood... I am going to stop here.

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Post #125 Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 1:39 pm 
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Too bad they didn't broadcast it in youtube, because they played in a church.


It's not really a church. It's called the Grand Victoria Shonan Chapel and is a wedding hall attached to the Sun Life Garden Hotel in Hiratsuka. The bridal atmosphere makes it considered suitable for a women's event, presumably, but Hiratsuka was the original home of the Kitani School, and it has a huge open-air go festival every year.

The reason it looks like a church is that Sun Life bought the Perceton and Dreghorn Free Church in Irvine. Irvine is near Kilmarnock just north of Ayr, in Scotland, and so is Rabbie Burns territory, but the most famous person from Dreghorn was John Dunlop, who invented pneumatic tyres. The church ended up with no congregation but was a listed building, so Sun Life was able to buy it and transport it, stone by stone, to Hiratsuka. It was reassembled there, along with the original organ and, I think, the pews. (Here comes the bride, 40 inches wide... we used to sing outside churches, waiting for the hoy oot). When the reconstruction was finished in 2000, the Womens' Kisei was chosen to handsel it and the final has become a fixture there ever since.

A reminder to get your wee drams ready - it's Burns Night on the 25th, and we all known how much Burns loved the lassies. His first book "Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" was published in Kilmarnock. It contains a possibly apposite poem for the Grand Victoria Chapel, in my view: "To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church."

This may even be my personal favourite, but it's hilarious and widely loved, and the most famous portion is:

Quote:
O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!


One of the best bits of the Burns Supper is the Toast to the Lassies. Fans of the Amazon Army could perhaps contribute sic a wee toast here on L19 (next Tuesday).

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Rin Xien 8-dan (his Japanized name, he is from Taiwan)


This is Rin Shien. If you want to Sinify it, it is Lin Ziyuan.

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Post #126 Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:15 am 
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pajaro wrote:
- Oza. Rina played the last prelim (#70). She lost to Onishi Kenya 4dan. The #71 term has not started yet.


I misunderstood something here. Let's see. Rina really lost to Onishi. But they were playing in the Preliminary tournament A. This is not the last prelim, because after A, there is the Last tournament.
What I missed, and it's important, is that Moro Arisa 2-dan beat Cho Zuiketsu 5 dan and will have a chance to play in the last tournament. Suzuki Ayumi 7 dan, Okuda Aya 4 dan and Mukai Chiaki 6 dan are also playing the A prelim, but they are 2 games away from getting in the last one.

And the #71 term has not started, of course, because the #70 term is still in early stages.

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Post #127 Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2022 11:23 am 
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A new broadcast in Youtube has just been announced:

Tsuji Hana 2 dan vs. Mori Chisaki 1 dan in the prelims of the female Honinbo. Next 31st, here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG-aR9gGbwQ

This is not a top title game, not a game between great rivals or any thing like that. It's a game between young players who need to struggle for every win they can, and usually get very little attention. That's why it's nice that, from time to time, a game like this is broadcasted. There is no commentator yet, but let's hope it will be properly commented when the time comes.

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