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Post #1 Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:45 am 
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Ueno Asami has just defeated a former title holder, Takao Shinji, in the main part of the Ryusei.

In the NHK Cup, THREE women are now in Round 2 (the last 32) - without checking, I believe this is the first time it has happened. Ueno is one, and Xie Yimin is another. Fujisawa is the third and her case she also defeated a former major (and current minor) titleholder, Cho Chikun.

Just to make sure the obvious is stated, these are tournaments against men.


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Post #2 Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:20 pm 
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Ueno defeated Murakawa Daisuke as well to reach the semi-finals in the Ryusei.

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Post #3 Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:53 pm 
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ez4u wrote:
Ueno defeated Murakawa Daisuke as well to reach the semi-finals in the Ryusei.


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I can’t believe that I'm here and feel like I am in a dream," Ueno said. "The semifinal will be aired live, so I will do my best to try not to let the game finish early.


Correct me if I'm wrong: winning the Ryusei grants promotion to 7th dan, but there's no partial system for this tournament, not like, say, the Honinbo, where getting into the leagues already grants promotions. So she'll end the Championship as either 2nd, maybe 3rd dan, or 7th.

That's enough to make one nervous.

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Post #4 Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:55 am 
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My apologies for writing two consecutive messages, but I thought it would be better, considering it's been three days since and it's some new data.



The whole tournament is at GoToEveryone!

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Post #5 Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:15 am 
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Ueno just defeated Kyo Kagen in a live broadcast to advance to the finals!

I assume that it was her success that prompted the live format. AFAIK, the Ryuseisen has never been broadcast live before.

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Post #6 Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:27 pm 
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Here's the game (thanks to ShAlexander on reddit). Had a quick AI-assisted whiz through, and it seems she was doing well for much of the game from the intial top left fight, but when her middle died fell behind, but then Kyo let her catch up somewhat with r8 making the right side territory instead of living in the corner, and then something funny with that ko trade (time pressure?) and W ended up ahead.


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Post #7 Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:41 am 
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I hope she pulls it off!

I have been playing through her last few games over the week. I wanted to get an idea of how she played and was planning on using that to try and get back into the recent pro scene. It seems it's still about this constant skirmishes I understand nothing about, too bad.

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Post #8 Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:33 am 
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The other Ryusei semi-final is tomorrow: Ichiriki Ryo 8p Vs Suzuki Shinji 7p. Ichiriki is surely favourite as he's trading places with Iyama at the top of Japanese ratings and is good at fast games. Suzuki beat Iyama by half a point in the previous round though, and is becoming a bit of a bogeyman for Iyama: he also beat him by half a point at the start of the year in the Meijin league and that contributed to Iyama failing to challenge Cho U to regain his title.

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