Taiwanese Go prodigy wins big for 5th consecutive year

2017/02/07 17:30:31
(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

Tokyo, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taiwan Go master Hsieh Yi-min (謝依旻) succeeded in defending her Kisei title against challenger Nyu Eiko at the 20th NTT DoCoMo Female Kisei Go Tournament in Tokyo on Monday, taking 5 million Japanese yen (NT$1.37 million) in prize money.

Hsieh went up against Eiko in the final match of the contest, upsetting the 17-year-old Japanese in a 2-to-1 victory to grasp the Kisei championship title for the fifth straight year.

Hsieh, who lives in Japan, has been a Honinbo champion since 2007, aged just 17. Honinbo is recognized as the oldest and most prestigious Go tournament title in Japan, dating back to 1941.

She was introduced to Go at the age of 5, and later became a professional player in 2004, formally registering with the Japan Go Association when she was 14. She later won the Kisei title in 2010, making her the first female to win the three major tournaments in Japan's professional Go scene.

The Kisei championship was Hsieh's seventh title, following her wins in 2010-11, and 2013-17.

(By Yang Ming-chu and Ko Lin)
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