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25 July

Iyama Gets Four Crowns at the youngest ever!

  Iyama Yuta has become the youngest professional go player ever to win four of seven major titles (Kisei, Meijin, Honinbo, Tengen, Oza, Gosei and Judan). Now he holds Honinbo, Tengen, Gosei and Judan at the age of 23.

Iyama wins his first Honinbo

  Iyama takes revenge for his failed defense of Meijin title against Yamashita in 2011.
  The final game of 67th Honinbo title match was played on 18 and 19 July 2012 in Shizuoka. Iyama (W) defeated the defending title holder, Yamashita Keigo by 7.5 points and gets Honinbo title by 4-3.
  Yamashita could not defend the title and now holds Meijin only.

The full results of the series are given as follows:
  Date Result
Game 1 15, 16 May 2012 Iyama(B) won by resignation
Game 2 28, 29 May 2012 Iyama(W) won by 5.5 points
Game 3 5, 6 June 2012 Yamashita(W) won by resignation
Game 4 18, 19 June 2012 Yamashita(B) won by resignation
Game 5 24, 25 June 2012 Iyama(B) won by resignation
Game 6 9,10 July 2012 Yamashita(B) won by resignation
Game 7 18, 19 July 2012 Iyama(W) won by 7.5 points

Iyama Gets Gosei with Straight Wins

  Iyama Yuta wins his first Gosei title, defeating the defending title holder, Hane Naoki by 3-0. The third game of 37th Gosei title match was played in Nagaoka on 23 July 2012. Playing black, Iyama(B) won by resignation. Hane could not defend the title.

The full results of the series are given as follows:
Game 1 (28 June): Iyama(B) won by resignation
Game 2 (13 July): Iyama(W) won by resignation
Game 3 (23 July): Iyama(B) won by resignation

The 2nd Masters Cup Finalists!

  Cho Chikun who won Masters Cup 2011 and O Meien 9p will play for the 2nd Masters Cup final which will be held on 28 July 2012 at The Nihon Kiin.
  The live commentaries for the final game will be broadcasted on USTREAM (http://www.ustream.tv/user/IgoMastersCup) on 28 July 2012. (*Takemiya Masaki 9p will give commentaries on the game.)

Osawa Narumi 4p is designed as a cultural ambassador

  Osawa 4p is officially designated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a cultural ambassador to promote Go abroad. She will be sent to The United State and Brazil for the promotion of Go from January to March 2013.

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