Saturday, May 1, 2010

Who Will be the Next Gosei Challenger?

The 35th Gosei tournament has come to the final. One from two remaining player will advance to be Gosei challenger, while the other must wait another year for a shot.

One of the remaining players is Yamashita Keigo. Yamashita Recently showed extremely good result in domestic tournaments. Starting from Tengen title match in November, he has played in 3 title matches and became the challenger for Honinbo.

Yamashita Keigo

Undoubtedly, he is the favorite here.

The other player is Sakai Hideyuki. For many years, Sakai is one of the strongest amateur. He won World Amateur Go Championship in 2000 and earned his professional diploma in 2001. So far his achievement is quite good. He won the 47th Kansai-Kiin First Place Tournament and entered Meijin league several times with 3rd place as his highest rank. He also successfully enter Fujitsu Cup early this year by defeating Cho Chikun by 0.5 points.

Sakai Hideyuki at 2000's WAGC

Will Yamashita continue his title match streak? Or will Sakai make his first shot at the 7 titles? The decisive game will be played at May 6.