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Author:  pajaro [ Thu Aug 31, 2023 9:11 am ]
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pajaro wrote:
That was the 2nd semifinal in the female Honinbo, so the final will be Ueno Risa 2-dan vs. Takao Mari 2-dan. First challenge for both of them. Whatever happens will be interesting to see.

This game was played today.

Ueno Risa will challenge Fujisawa Rina for the female Honinbo title. It's a best of five games match. Fujisawa is strong in this tournament. What will happen?

Author:  pajaro [ Wed Sep 13, 2023 9:53 am ]
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A lot of buzz around Sumire these days, but more things happen.

Today was the first game of the final match of the Shinjin O. Ueno Asami 5-dan beat Yo Chito 6-dan. It's a best of 3 match, so Asami will have two chances to win the title.

Let's remember that 2 years ago, Asami already played the finals. She lost 2-1, winning the 2nd game, so this year she is already in a better position. This would be the first time a woman wins this title, but not the first time she wins a mixed tournament. She already won the Hiroshima Aluminum Cup. Actually, is the current title holder.

Author:  pajaro [ Fri Sep 22, 2023 2:52 am ]
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Second game of the Shinjin O, and last.

Ueno Asami 5-dan won the game, very convincingly, with her usual hammer style. Little chance for Yo Chito 6-dan.

The name of the title in "King of the New stars", with "king" coming from "O (王)". According to my limited knowledge of Japanese, usually substantives don't have gender, but some, related to people, have. "Queen" would be "Joo (女王)", adding the kanji of woman (女). By default, kings (monarchs/emperors in general) are men. Big surprise.

Will Asami be called Queen of New Stars? Will the name of the title change?

There is a female Honinbo, a female Kisei, and so on, with female only players, and female only title holders. And there is a Honinbo, and a Kisei, and so on, where all players can play, but so far, only with male title holders. The name of the titles doesn't imply "man". Some day, there will be a female Meijin, and also a female who is Meijin.

Author:  pajaro [ Sat Oct 28, 2023 3:39 am ]
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pajaro wrote:
Ueno Risa will challenge Fujisawa Rina for the female Honinbo title. It's a best of five games match. Fujisawa is strong in this tournament. What will happen?

What is happening is that Ueno (the younger one!) is giving Fujisawa a run for her money.

The match is 1-2 and chances are that there will be a new title holder soon. But I still think that experience is important and Rina can keep the title.

Author:  pajaro [ Thu Nov 16, 2023 12:05 am ]
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Well... the female Honingo is over. Fujisawa won the 2 remaining games, and kept the title.

Ueno Risa 2-dan did a lot better than I expected. I probably, better than many other people expected. Rina is stronger than Risa, the gap is still wide. But the match was really close. In the last game, after Rina was way ahead, Risa was close to make a comeback with a ko fight. But the ko didn't turn well for her, and Fujisawa won the game, and the title.

Risa's teacher is Fujisawa Kazunari 8-dan. Rina's father. They probably know each other. And maybe, Ueno Asami gave her some hints too.

It's interesting to see that, according to go4go, their current record is 6-2 for Rina. Sumire's record against Rina is 2-3. But Risa is 0-5 against Sumire. In comparison, Risa does better against Rina than against Sumire.

Author:  pajaro [ Thu Nov 23, 2023 10:18 am ]
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More Fujisawa-Ueno (Risa).

This time, Risa took revenge and won in the semifinal of the female Kisei. Her next rival will be... Ueno Asami!

If I remember right, it will be the second official game between them. If Asami wins, then it will again the same match as last year. If Risa wins... it would be incredible, youngest title match ever!

I expect Asami to win. Sumire thinks she got weaker (err...) after winning the title last year. Let's see how, one year later, will be her performance.

Author:  pajaro [ Thu Dec 14, 2023 1:42 am ]
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The final game of the tournament has just finished. Let's see... first, I have to order some potatoes... (will anybody here get the pun?)

Ueno vs. Ueno. And the winner was... Ueno! :lol: :lol: The younger sister, Ueno Risa.

So, surprise, it will be a title match between Sumire (14 yo) and Risa (17 yo). Youngest ever.

Looking forward to it. Risa has never beaten Sumire in an official game, so the defending title holder has better odds. But to make it there, Risa has had to beat Fujisawa Rina and Ueno Asami. Quite a feat. I'd say that it won't be easy for Sumire.

Author:  pajaro [ Fri Jan 05, 2024 3:27 am ]
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Fujisawa Rina 6-dan will become tomorrow Fujisawa Rina 7-dan. This promotion comes after being first in prize money in the 6-dan range.
Last year she was promoted to 6-dan for the same reason. Reminder: female only tournaments don't count, so it's the same for all players.

Also, Tsuji Hana becomes 3-dan. Probably, her advancement to the kisei C league helped her a lot.

Author:  pajaro [ Wed Feb 07, 2024 8:03 am ]
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The female Kisei is over.

Sumire won the first game, quite convincingly. According to JK's analysis, before move 100 it was over. It was not a surprise, at least for me. I thought that Sumire was clearly the favorite. After that game, it was 7-0 for Sumire.

Then, in the second game, Risa won. Perhaps Sumire was nervous, perhaps she thought it was done, or perhaps Risa, seen herself nearly done, could play relaxed. And won, first win ever against Sumire.

And in the third game, it was quite one-sided. Sumire had very little chance, falling behind very soon. Like in the first game, the result was clear before move 100. Although Risa has made serious mistakes before, not this time, and Sumire eventually resigned the game and her title to her fellow classmate, Ueno Risa 2-dan. After all odds, there is a new female Kisei.

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