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23rd 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 sgf
Qualification final 1997-11-06 Hikosaka Naoto Rin Kaiho W+R sgf
Qualification final 1997-11-06 Yamada Kimio Tono Hiroaki W+3.5 sgf
Qualification final 1997-11-13 Kobayashi Satoru Yoda Norimoto W+2.5 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. Kobayashi Koichi 4-4 B+1.5 B+3.5 B+1.5 W+1.5
2. O Rissei 8-0 W+13.5 W+R W+1.5 W+R
3. Kataoka Satoshi 2-6 B+R B+9.5 B+1.5 B+3.5
4. Ryu Shikun 3-5 B+R B+2.5 B+R W+15.5
5. Takemiya Masaki 3-5 B+0.5 B+1.5 W+1.5 B+R
6. Kato Masao 5-3 B+2.5 W+2.5 W+6.5 W+F
7. Yoda Norimoto 5-3 B+3.5 W+R W+0.5 W+2.5
8. Rin Kaiho 3-5 B+R W+1.5 W+R W+R
9. Tono Hiroaki 3-5 B+4.5 B+R B+R W+9.5

Kataoka Satoshi, Tono Hiroaki, and Rin Kaiho are demoted.

23rd Meijin Title

game date black white result sgf
1 1998-09-09,10 O Rissei Cho Chikun B+R sgf
2 1998-09-23,24 Cho Chikun O Rissei B+R sgf
3 1998-10-01 O Rissei Cho Chikun W+R sgf
4 1998-10-14,15 Cho Chikun O Rissei Void sgf
5 1998-10-21,22 O Rissei Cho Chikun B+3.5 sgf
6 1998-11-04,05 Cho Chikun O Rissei B+3.5 sgf
7 1998-11-11,12 Cho Chikun O Rissei B+1.5 sgf

Cho Chikun won 4-2. The 4th game was void due to a triple ko.