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32nd Honinbo title


In the preliminaries, Otake Hideo, Kubouchi Shuchi, Magari Reiki and Takagi Shoichi qualified for the League.


In the first column the white player, on the top row the black player.

# player result 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Ishida Yoshio 5-2 W+1.5 B+R W+R
2. Magari Reiki 3-4 B+R B+5.5 W+R W+5.5
3. Kato Masao 6-1 W+R W+3.5 W+R
4. Otake Hideo 6-1 W+R B+1.5 W+7.5 W+R
5. Sakata Eio 3-4 B+0.5 B+3.5 B+R
6. Takagi Shoichi 0-7 B+R B+R B+R B+R
7. Rin Kaiho 4-3 W+R B+13.5 W+R
8. Kubouchi Shuchi 1-6 B+R B+R B+R B+6.5

Takagi Shoichi, Kubouchi Shuchi, Sakata Eio and Magari Reiki are demoted.

Challenger Playoff

date black white result #mv sgf
1977-04-28 Kato Masao Otake Hideo B+R 249 sgf

32nd Honinbo Title

date black white result #mv sgf
1977-05-09,10 Kato Masao Takemiya Masaki B+R 165 sgf
1977-05-23,24 Takemiya Masaki Kato Masao B+R 199 sgf
1977-06-08,09 Kato Masao Takemiya Masaki B+7.5 239 sgf
1977-06-15,16 Takemiya Masaki Kato Masao W+R 190 sgf
1977-06-29,30 Kato Masao Takemiya Masaki B+R 209 sgf

Kato Masao won 4-1.

As Honinbo, Kato took the name Kato Kensei.