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By Keith Arnold
Posted: 2023-11-19T11:00:00Z

This month focuses on the Ōza (Throne) title. The second oldest of the open titles is sponsored by the Nihon Keizai Newspaper. The title holder was veteran Sakata Eio 9d and at this time the title was best of three. The challenger was Rin Kaihō Meijin, fresh off his comeback victory over Ishida Yoshio Hon'inbo.

On November 15, the man with the momentum took the first game. However, Sakata would not go down easily, evening the match on November 21.

A week later, on November 28, the young wave triumphed and Rin claimed his first Ōza title. (Game Records: Game 1, Game 2, Game 3)

Game records courtesy of SmartGoOne, photo from Kidō

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