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24th 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 1998-10-29 Mimura Tomoyasu Yamashita Keigo B+R sgf
Qualification final 1998-11-05 Kobayashi Satoru Yamada Kimio B+2.5 sgf
Qualification final 1998-11-05 Morita Michihiro Sakai Maki W+R 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. O Rissei 5-3 B+R B+1.5 W+0.5 W+R
2. Kato Masao 4-4 B+R B+R B+2.5 W+R
3. Yoda Norimoto 6-2 W+1.5 B+1.5 B+0.5 W+0.5
4. Kobayashi Koichi 6-2 W+3.5 B+5.5 W+R B+4.5
5. Ryu Shikun 6-2 B+0.5 B+0.5 W+7.5 W+R
6. Takemiya Masaki 3-5 B+1.5 B+3.5 W+3.5 W+4.5
7. Kobayashi Satoru 3-5 B+0.5 B+R B+R W+2.5
8. Mimura Tomoyasu 2-6 B+2.5 B+R W+1.5 W+1.5
9. Sakai Maki 1-7 B+R B+R B+R B+R

Sakai Maki, Mimura Tomoyasu, and Kobayashi Satoru are demoted.


Yoda Norimoto and Kobayashi Koichi were the top two players with 6 wins, and played a challenger playoff that was won by Yoda Norimoto.

game date black white result sgf
League playoff 1999-08-09 Yoda Norimoto Kobayashi Koichi B+0.5 sgf

24th Meijin Title

game date black white result sgf
1 1999-09-01,02 Yoda Norimoto Cho Chikun W+1.5 sgf
2 1999-09-15,16 Cho Chikun Yoda Norimoto B+3.5 sgf
3 1999-09-29,30 Yoda Norimoto Cho Chikun B+R sgf
4 1999-10-13,14 Cho Chikun Yoda Norimoto B+R sgf
5 1999-10-20,21 Yoda Norimoto Cho Chikun W+1.5 sgf

Cho Chikun won 4-1.