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3rd Meijin title


The lowest three players from the previous year are demoted, and entrance matches determine which three new players enter the League.

game date black white result #moves sgf
Qualification final 1977-11-03 Ishii Kunio Cho Chikun W+0.5 247 sgf
Qualification final 1977-11-17 Yamabe Toshiro Shiraishi Yutaka W+1.5 265 sgf
Qualification final 1977-11-24 Sonoda Yuichi Kudo Norio W+3.5 248 sgf


Results (in the first column the white player, on the top row the black player). The ordering of the first six players is according to their results in the previous year. The last three are the winners of the entrance matches.

# player result 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Otake Hideo 7-1 W+R W+R W+0.5 W+R
2. Ishida Yoshio 3-5 B+2.5 B+2.5 B+3.5 W+R
3. Sakata Eio 5-3 B+4.5 B+4.5 W+4.5 W+R
4. Kato Masao 7-1 W+R B+R W+R W+1.5
5. Hashimoto Utaro 4-4 B+R B+R W+1.5 B+R
6. Kajiwara Takeo 2-6 B+6.5 B+R B+3.5 W+R
7. Kudo Norio 3-5 W+6.5 B+R W+15.5 B+9.5
8. Shiraishi Yutaka 0-8 B+R B+R B+R B+0.5
9. Cho Chikun 5-3 W+2.5 B+2.5 W+R W+3.5

Shiraishi Yutaka, Kajiwara Takeo, and Kudo Norio are demoted.


Kato Masao and Otake Hideo both had 7 wins, and played a challenger playoff that was won by Otake Hideo.

game date black white result sgf
Challenger playoff 1978-08-26 Kato Masao Otake Hideo W+3.5 sgf

3rd Meijin Title

date black white result #mv sgf
1978-09-07,08 Rin Kaiho Otake Hideo B+R 193 sgf
1978-09-20,21 Otake Hideo Rin Kaiho B+2.5 263 sgf
1978-10-05,06 Rin Kaiho Otake Hideo W+R 180 sgf
1978-10-11,12 Otake Hideo Rin Kaiho B+R 159 sgf
1978-10-23,24 Rin Kaiho Otake Hideo B+R 131 sgf
1978-11-01,02 Otake Hideo Rin Kaiho B+R 205 sgf

Otake Hideo won 4-2.