Shibano Becomes 1st Teenager to Win Japanese Go Title

Society Culture

Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Toramaru Shibano, 19, has won the Meijin title by defeating Cho U, 39, becoming the first teenager to gain a Japanese professional go title.

Shibano achieved his first victory over a title holder with four wins and one loss in a best-of-seven competition of the 44th Meijin tournament of the traditional board game held Tuesday in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Aged 19 years and 11 months, Shibano rewrote for the first time in 10 years the record of the youngest title winner struck by four-title holder Yuta Iyama, 30, when he was 20 years and four months old.

After Tuesday's victory, Shibano rose to the rank of ninth dan from eighth Wednesday.

Born in the eastern Japan prefecture of Kanagawa, Shibano became a professional player at 14 in 2014. He climbed to seventh dan following his victory in the Ryusei tournament in 2017.

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