Shibano wins Meijin em go title, Japan's youngest

A teenage go professional player won the prestigious Meijin title for the first time in Japan on 8 October.

Toramaru Shibano, 19, defeated Meijin title holder Chang Hsu, 39, in the fifth part of a seven-game run with his 252 play, winning the title with four wins and one defeat at Atami Sekitei ryokan.

Shibano, who won the title at 19 years and 11 months, broke Yuta Iyama's record, 30, who won the title at 20 years and became the youngest holder of the title in the country. History of the seven major titles go.

Based on the rules, Shibano will be promoted to 9 dan five years after becoming professional in September of 2014. His achievement exceeds Iyama's record of seven years and six months. Iyama currently has four titles.

Shibano lost the first game, but won the next four straight in the seven-game series.

“I thought it would be hard to do while I was a teenager. But it was great to beat him, ”said Shibano, who hails from Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. “I still wonder, 'Am I worthy of the title Meijin?'”

Chang, who is known as Cho U in Japanese, made a comeback last season, winning Meijin's title for the first time in 10 seasons, but failed to repeat the feat at Atami.

Source: Asahi

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