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Taiwanese Go player retains women's Honinbo title

Taiwanese Go player retains women's Honinbo title

Tokyo, Oct.28 (CNA) Taiwan's Go prodigy defeated her Japanese opponent Wednesday to successfully defend her women's Honinbo title for the second consecutive year.
This is the third year in a row that Hsieh Yi Min has captured the coveted title. The 19-year-old Go ace now holds two of the three principal titles on Japan's professional women's Go scene.
Hsieh also succeeded in defending her women's Meijin title in June this year.
In the Honinbo competition, Hsieh lost the first match but won the ensuing three games to retain her title.
Hsieh said she originally did not expect to emerge as the victor because her opponent, Kikuyo Aoki, was a veteran player.
Aoki, 41, is very brilliant and experienced, Hsieh said, adding that she learned much from her opponent throughout the four rounds of the contest.
"As a matter of fact, I encountered many tough challenges in the whole process and I believe that these demanding encounters will help me to perfect my skills, " Hsieh said, adding that she will continue her pursuit of excellence in order to secure a good rating in international competitions in the future.
Hsieh, from northern Taiwan's Miaoli County, began to play Go at the age of 5. She went to Japan in 2002 and became a professional player in 2004, formally registering with the Japan Go Association at the age of 14. She was the youngest player ever to enter Japan's professional Go circuit.
(By Mike Chang and Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2020-12-03 12:11 GMT+08:00