Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fujisawa Rina Made Her Official Debut

Here is the news from Mainichi Shimbun

An 11-year-old girl made her debut as a professional "Go" (Japanese board game) player during the preliminary round of the 20th Ryusei Tournament on Monday.

Rina Fujisawa, a sixth-year elementary school student from Tokyo, passed the qualifying exam for professional Go players in February this year to become the youngest first-dan professional on record.

Her official debut match was against second-dan Mitsunari Horimoto, 20, held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward.

Fujisawa, who aggressively fought a close match until the middle stages, lost the game after she made a critical mistake and "things started to fall apart."

"It was a bit disappointing, but I want to win next time," she said.

Horimoto praised his young rival, saying "She was strong."

Fujisawa's father Kazunari is an eighth-dan player and her grandfather was the late Honorary Kisei title holder Hideyuki Fujisawa.

"I will do my best so that I can win a title in the future," she said.