Osaka Girl to Become Youngest-Ever Pro Go Player at Age 10

Society Culture

Tokyo, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)--Elementary school fourth-grade girl Sumire Nakamura is set to become the youngest professional "go" player on April 1 at the age of 10, the Nihon Ki-in, a Japanese association for the traditional board game, said Saturday.

The girl, now 9 years old and the eldest daughter of ninth-dan professional go player Shinya Nakamura, 45, passed an exam for a newly established special go education program for gifted youngsters, paving the way for becoming a professional player, the Nihon Ki-in said. Her mother, Miyuki, 38, is an amateur go player.

Sumire, a resident of the western Japan city of Osaka, will rewrite the age record held by 20-year-old Rina Fujisawa, who became a professional go player when she was 11 years and six months old.

Sumire started playing go at the age of 3 and has received training also in South Korea, which has many strong go players, since she was 7.

In July last year, Sumire surprised many by winning in the open category of an online go competition participated by female amateur players.

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