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 Post subject: Re: Shibano Toramaru
Post #21 Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:03 pm 
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Firstly, yes, I admit that Shibano was brought to my attention by dwyrin. Guilty as charged. But, of course, he wouldn't hold my attention if he didn't have a very interesting style.

I very much like his style and I loved to watch his game against Cho Chikun on the NHK cup (you can watch it on YouTube), and was even more amazed at seeing him win it!
Checking the results for 2018, he is currently Japanese #1 in terms of won games, which is fairly impressive. He's still relatively young and I think he might have a very bright future.
Of course, guys like Ke Jie and Park Junghwan were more successful at a younger age, but I don't think it's a general rule you have to be that young, even if that's the trend in Go at the moment.

Anyway, the 44th Meijin is about to start and he's in the League, so I'm very excited to see some of those games. Especially looking forward to his game against Iyama - in February - and (another young Japanese 7d) Matsuura Yuta - in May -.
I'd say he's definitely going to win some big leagues in his career, but let's wait and see.
Though is he strong enough to bring Japan back on track? I hope so, but chances are against it I'm afraid.

 Post subject: Re: Shibano Toramaru
Post #22 Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:05 am 

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Shibano Toramaru has won two of the Kido prizes for the 2018 Japanese season.

He was top of the list for most wins (the category most favoured by Japanese pros) with 46. Ichiriki Ryo was second with 43, and Iyama was joint 9th with 35. Notable was Fujisawa Rina's appearance in 3rd place with 43 wins (which included an 11-game winning streak).

Shibano also won the prize for most games (esteemed because it implies getting through many stages in KO tournaments). He has 69 games, again ahead of Ichiriki who had 66.

But Shibano's winning ratio (49-23) was not sufficient to get him even into the top ten. Indeed, the entire top ten list (for those with a minimum of 25 games) was filled by lesser known names. Top of these was Fujita Akihiko, who won the Young Carp Cup. He scored 41-8 (83.7%).

Koike Yoshihiro 4-dan won the prize for the longest winning streak - 19 games.

Fujisawa Rina win the Ladies Prize, but with Ueno Asami winning a Newcomers Prize and already pushing Fujisawa hard, we can expect to see women's go in Japan flourish even further. Asami's sister Risa has also just become pro.

Obviously the main Kido prize for Top Pro went again to Iyama Yuta, to mark holding five crowns (Kisei, Honinbo, Oza, Tengen, Judan). His game score for the yar was 35-26.

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 Post subject: Re: Shibano Toramaru
Post #23 Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 12:58 am 

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Shibano Toramaru won Okage Cup.

Here he is: ... 4874990593

Here's the tournament bracket: ... 7641381889

Here's video broadcast:

Final game:

Edit: trophy ... 3064230912

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 Post subject: Re: Shibano Toramaru
Post #24 Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:16 am 

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Shibano frequently plays on Fox Go Server and his winning record is very impressive. I noticed today that he finally got his 1000th win. His record atm is 1002 wins to 470 loses. Incredibly impressive since he mostly/always plays against other pros, and not just Japanese pros either. It also seems like he has quite a few fans in China, the (Chinese) chat seem to be more cordial when he plays than other Japanese pros. He also always thanks the opponent for the game in Chinese if his opponent is Chinese, which people also seem to appreciate.

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Post #25 Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:23 am 

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For example, Shibano (white) beating Chen Yaoye on Fox 2 months ago.

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Post #26 Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:08 am 
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It was nice to see Shibano in the top 50 world players on This is the first time I have seen 3 Japanese players in the top 50. It used to be only Iyama Yuta, but I now I see Ichiriki Ryo and Shibano both squeezed in ahead of Iyama in these rankings.

Shibano also seems to holding his own against Iyama in Oza.

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Post #27 Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:26 pm 
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Shibano beat Ichiriki on Halloween in the opening round of the Honinbo League.

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