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Post #1 Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:28 pm 
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Michael Redmond is on a 5 game streak with wins against some of the past title holders--Otake Hideo, Ishida Yoshio, Kobayashi Satoru, as well as one of the strong players in Japan right now, Takao Shinji. Seems like Redmond is having a good resurgence. He has a lot of YouTube videos with the AGA on AlphaGo, and he seems to be learning from AI, whereas some other pros in Japan don't want to study AI. Well, seems to be paying off for Michael. We will have to see if he can play his way into one of the leagues and have a Cinderella moment.


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Post #2 Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:56 pm 
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Wouldn't he be the first western to win any kind of professional title? If that's what he's going for, I wish him luck!

And I wonder if the AGA can get him to do a Redmond Reviews video discussing his current win streak.

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Post #3 Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:12 pm 
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It is a nice run including the wins over Kobayashi Satoru and Takao, but it looks like the games are all in the preliminaries still. Does anyone know how many more he has to win to make the main tournaments/leagues?

I believe if he managed to challenge for a big title, that would be a first. He did have a few good results in the main tournaments before: https://senseis.xmp.net/?MichaelRedmond (probably an incomplete list).

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Post #4 Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:50 am 
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kj01a wrote:
Wouldn't he be the first western to win any kind of professional title? If that's what he's going for, I wish him luck!

And I wonder if the AGA can get him to do a Redmond Reviews video discussing his current win streak.


Redmond won a professional tournament in Japan. If you look at his record ( https://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000174.html ) he has played well during his career, for example he won the 7-dan section of the Kisei tournament when that tournament's first stage was divided into dan sections. He placed second in some tournaments although not winning, and he remains competitive. I don't think he needs to prove anything.

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Post #5 Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:43 am 
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gowan wrote:
kj01a wrote:
Wouldn't he be the first western to win any kind of professional title? If that's what he's going for, I wish him luck!

And I wonder if the AGA can get him to do a Redmond Reviews video discussing his current win streak.


Redmond won a professional tournament in Japan. If you look at his record ( https://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000174.html ) he has played well during his career, for example he won the 7-dan section of the Kisei tournament when that tournament's first stage was divided into dan sections. He placed second in some tournaments although not winning, and he remains competitive. I don't think he needs to prove anything.


Which tournament did he win? Sorry, I can't read Japanese.

edit: Ryuen Cup, which is an invitational for young/low dan professionals. I guess the point is, he is looking to win a major.

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Post #6 Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:07 am 
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gowan wrote:
I don't think he needs to prove anything.


I didn’t get the impression that anyone felt Redmond needed to prove anything. Rather, people simply seem pleased at his recent wins.

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Post #7 Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:40 am 
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Well, the effect of a Western win in an Eastern major... I'd venture it might have a certain influence on visibility.

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Post #8 Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:19 am 
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It is a nice run including the wins over Kobayashi Satoru and Takao, but it looks like the games are all in the preliminaries still. Does anyone know how many more he has to win to make the main tournaments/leagues?


He only has to win one more game against Adachi Toshimasa 6p to make it to the main Gosei tournament. See https://gotoeveryone.k2ss.info/jp/gosei/45 for the last Gosei preliminary. So altogether he needs to win 6 more times to to become challenger.

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