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The 66th Honinbo title match

First moves of the 66th Honinbo
©Mainichi Newspaper Co., Ltd
Hane Naoki
©Mainichi Newspaper Co., Ltd
Yamashita Keigo Honinbo
©Mainichi Newspaper Co., Ltd

The 66th Honinbo title is broadcast live on Pandanet-IGS, starting on Wednesday, May 11th. To watch the games you can, e.g., use the GoPanda client.

Defending champion is Yamashita Keigo Honinbo (also known as Yamashita Dowa Honinbo while he is holding the title). The challenger is Hane Naoki, 9 dan, winner of both the 63th and 64th Honinbo tournament. The match is best of seven games, so four wins are required to secure the title.

The Honinbo tournament is organized by Mainichi Newspaper Co., Ltd..

Yamashita Keigo retained the Honinbo title, beating Hane Naoki 4-3.
  • The first game : May 11th (Wed) and 12th (Thu)
    Yamashita Keigo won, W+7.5
  • The second game: May 24th (Tue) and 25th (Wed)
    Yamashita Keigo won, B+Resign
  • The third game: June 2nd (Thu) and 3rd (Fri)
    Yamashita Keigo won, W+1.5
  • The fourth game: June 15th (Wed) and 16th (Thu)
    Hane Naoki won, W+0.5
  • The fifth game: June 29th (Wed) and 30th (Thu)
    Hane Naoki won, B+Resign
  • The sixth game: July 13th (Wed) and 14th (Thu)
    Hane Naoki won, W+7.5
  • The seventh game: July 20th (Wed) and 21th (Thu)
    Yamashita Keigo won, W+4.5

All rounds starts at 09:00 (Japan Time), i.e., 02:00 CEST. The time limit is eight hours each.

Cornel Burzo will be commenting the games live, both on IGS and on twitter.

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