The 4th Okage cup was held from 15th and 16th May 2013 in Mie prefecture.
In the final of the 4th Okage cup, Ichiriki Ryo 3-dan pro (B) defeats Anzai Nobuaki 6-dan pro by resignation after 225 moves. He won his first Okage cup title. Anzai could not achieve the third consecutive Okage cup title.
Ichiriki became a pro in 2011 when he was thirteen years old.
The first game of the 68th Honinbo title match (best-of-seven series) was played in Shimane prefecture on 16 and 17 May 2013. (Shimane is a well known place where Honinbo Dosaku was born.) Iyama (W) beat Takao Shinji 9-dan pro by 4.5 points after 266 moves. Iyama made a good start to defend Honinbo.
Schedule of the Honinbo title match
||16 and 17 May
||Ota-shi Shimane prefecture
||28 and 29 May
||Kitakyushu-shi Fukuoka prefecture
||5 and 6 June
||17 and 18 June
||Shiraishi-shi Miyagi prefecture
||24 and 25 June
||10 and 11 July
||Toba-shi Mie prefecture
||17 and 18 July
||Hatano-shi Kanagawa prefecture
Please be informed that the Nihon Ki-in has set up a ‘National Team’ to unify a team and to let the players make better performance at international pro matches.
Please be advised the members of the team as follows:
||Yamashiro Hiroshi 9-dan pro (vice-president of the Nihon Ki-in)
||Cho U 9-dan pro, Takao Shinji 9-dan pro, Cho Birei 8-dan pro
|Hsieh Yi Min
|* Note :
||Those who are under twenty-year-old pros may also be qualified to the members of the national team to get trained.
Jonas Welticke, a 17-year-old German high school student, started insei at the Nihon Ki-in Tokyo from 11th May 2013.
Having won 10 out of 11 matches in the first week, he made a good start to get promoted to the D class.