Iyama becomes 1st go player to hold 7 titles for 2nd time
Jiji -- Oct 19
Yuta Iyama has become the first-ever professional player of the board game of go to hold all seven major go titles in Japan for the second time, by winning back the Meijin crown.

In the fifth game on Tuesday of the 42th best-of-seven Meijin competition, held in Atami in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka, Iyama, 28, defeated Shinji Takao, 40, with the 197th move, finishing with four victories and one loss.

Iyama now became the first player of go or shogi, another traditional board game popular in Japan, to win all of the major titles in the country for the second time.

Iyama regained the seven-title status for the first time since November last year, when he was defeated by Takao in the year's Meijin competition and became a six-title holder.

News source: Jiji
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