Nine-year-old girl faces world's top go player
NHK -- Jan 24
A nine-year-old girl who is set to become the youngest professional player of the board game go in Japan has played the world's top-ranked female player.

The Japan Go Association, or Nihon Ki-in, decided to induct Sumire Nakamura as a professional under a special quota for gifted young amateurs.

The quota was created to nurture players who can rival champions in China and South Korea, where the game is also popular.

On Wednesday, Nakamura faced Choi Jeong, a 22-year-old, ninth-dan player, in a commemorative match held in South Korea.

Choi defeated Nakamura after nearly two hours.

Nakamura later told reporters that she wants to gain more skills. When asked whether she wants to play Choi again as a professional, she answered "yes," with a smile.

Choi said Nakamura may not have been able to demonstrate her full ability due to pressure, but said the young player has great potential.

Choi also said Nakamura's spirit to try to do her best until the end will help her grow as a go player.

Nakamura will be 10 when she turns professional in April.

史上最年少でプロ棋士になる仲邑菫さん(9)が23日、韓国・ソウルで女流世界トップの崔精(チェ・ジョン)九段(22)と対局し、崔九段が全く隙を与えない囲碁で仲邑さんを圧倒した。対局後、仲邑さんは「もう少し力をつけたい」と話した。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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