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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.

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