The 39th World Amateur Japan National Championship starts with 62 players participating in the Nihonkiin Tokyo – Ichigaya. The best 4 was decided after the first to fourth rounds. On the 2nd day, there are semi-finals, final and third place finals.
Sato Koya was lost in the second round.
佐藤洸矢 ２０目半 和田博英
1st Round Sato Koya Win 20.5 pts with Wada Hiroshi
西川貴敏 1目半 佐藤洸矢
2nd Round Nishikawa Takatoshi Win 1.5 pts with Nishikawa Takatoshi
Thai Female Amateur Gets 6d in Go
Aiming at the Top Rank with Aggressive Attacks
Ms. Kunapinun who lives in Numazu: the first brilliant achievement in the province’s history
The 34-year-old Ms. Alisa Kunapinun is a white-collar worker from Thailand who lives in Numazu. She is a member of the Nihon Ki-in Numazu Branch. She got a 6d amateur Go certificate of Nihon Ki-in recently. Although that was a great achievement, she reacted evenly about it: “My target is 8d, which is the top rank for amateurs. Currently, I am only halfway there.”
(Reporter: Nakagawa Rin, Eastern Principal Office)
She challenged herself in the 6d section of a dan-level skill recognition tournament of Nihon Ki-in, which was held in mid-June in Tokyo. Attacking actively with an aggressive playing style, she continuously put pressure on her opponents and got promoted by the result of four wins and a loss.
In the tournament, she could play Go normally without anxiety, yet she expressed her regret: “I made a mistake in the third game, so I couldn’t make a clean sweep.” She is still pouring effort into practicing over and over again, aiming to challenge herself in the 7d section in December.
Ms. Kunapinun started playing Go when she was 15. She began studying Go so as to teach it to her uncle who was interested in it: a famous game even in Thailand, but, before she knew it, she was enthusiastic herself. There were lapses resulting from continuing her studies, finding jobs, etc. However, three years ago, she came to Japan as a system engineer who builds robots, and her love towards Go was rekindled. Now she practices hard four times a week at Nihon Ki-in Numazu Branch. She said, “Go is similar to programming because theoretical thinking power is necessary.”
When she has free time after work, on holidays, etc., she uses a Go app in her smartphone to face matches, accumulating her experience.
The head of Nihon Ki-in Numazu Branch, the 75-year-old Mr. Suganuma Takeshi, encouraged her, “Things such as humility or love towards Go are the secrets for Go strength. I want her to achieve the top amateur rank.”
The 24-year-old Mr. Sato Koya, who has won the right to represent his province as a Go player for several consecutive years and who is working as a Go instructor, expressed his expectations, “If she takes care of the basics, she can get even stronger.”
Shizuoka Newspaper (evening edition) 17 August 2017
Go public model opponent
Invited viewer for commentary meeting
Mr. Sato Koya, a Shizuoka prefecture amateur champion, will challenge Iyama Yuta.
【Time & place】 October 14 (Saturday) 1:30 pm (Registered 1 pm) at Shizuoka Newspaper Broadcasting House 18th Floor
【Explanation】 Seto Taiki Professional 8 dan
【Listener】 Hiraoka Yuriko Amateur 6 dan
【Capacity】 120 people
【Application】 Write address name, age, telephone number, desired number of people (up to 3 people) into postcad and send to 422-8670 (Address not required) Shizuoka Shimbun Company · Shizuoka Broadcasting Division “Go Public Game”.
* In the case of a overloaded of applicants, we will send an admission ticket only to the winners after lottery.
【Deadline】 September 29th (Friday)
【Inquiries】 Shizuoka Shimbun Company · Shizuoka Broadcasting Division (9 am – 5 pm excluding weekends and holidays)