Go Commentary: Fujisawa Rina vs Mukai Chiaki – 33rd Women’s Honinbo

This is game 3 from the 33rd Japanese Women’s Honinbo final. The game was played between Mukai Chiaki 5p and Fujisawa Rina 2p on November 7, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan.

Mukai Chiaki

Mukai Chiaki vs Fujisawa Rina Womens Honinbo picture

Mukai Chiaki 5p (left) and Fujisawa Rina 2p at the 33rd Women’s Honinbo

Mukai Chiaki 5p was born in 1987, and became a pro in 2004.

She’s challenged Women’s Honinbo and Women’s Meijin five times altogether from 2010 to 2012. Her opponents in those finals were all Xie Yimin 6p, and Chiaki was defeated them all.

However, in 2013, Chiaki eventually defeated Xie Yimin by 3-2 to win the 32nd Women’s Honinbo which was her first career title.

Therefore, this final against Fujisawa Rina was her first defensive final match.

Fujisawa Rina

Fujisawa Rina Womens Honinbo picture

Fujisawa Rina 2 dan at the 33rd Women’s Honinbo

On the other hand, Fujisawa Rina 2p was born in 1998 and became a pro in 2010 at the age of 11 years and 6 months. It was the youngest age to become a pro in Japan, and the previous record for the youngest age was Cho Chikun’s 11 years and 9 months.

In June 2014, Rina won the 1st Aizu Center Hospital Cup by defeating Okuda Aya 3p in the final, and it was her first career title.

Rina is the most prospect young women player in Japan, and this final was her first challenge for a major women’s title in her career.

She is also well known as a grand daughter of Fujisawa Shuko 9p (passed away in 2009).

Women’s Honinbo

Women’s Honinbo is the ranked #1 title for Women’s tournament in Japan. The winner’s prize is ¥5,800,000, which is around US$49,000. Let’s have a look at game 3 from the 33rd Japanese Women’s Honinbo final.

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Fujisawa Rina vs Mukai Chiaki

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