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Keigo Yamashita

Keigo Yamashita
Full name Keigo Yamashita
Kanji 山下敬吾
Born 6 September 1978
Asahikawa City, Japan
Teacher Yasuro Kikuchi
Turned pro 1993
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in, Tokyo branch

Dowa Yamashita Honinbo (山下敬吾 Yamashita Keigo, born 6 September 1978) is a professional Go player. Yamashita adopted the name Honinbo Dowa after winning his first Honinbo title in 2010.

Biography

A student of Yasuro Kikuchi, Yamashita turned professional in 1993. He won the 19th Kisei 2 dan division in 1994. Yamashita reached the challenger finals of the Tengen in 1999. His first major title came in 2000 when he defeated Honorary Gosei Koichi Kobayashi in the finals of the 25th Gosei. At the time of his win, Yamashita was the second youngest player to win a major title. He also won the Shusai Prize for his play and broke the record for most games in a year with 77. Yamashita defeated O Rissei for the Kisei in 2003, becoming the fourth youngest big-three (Kisei, Meijin, Honinbo) winner at 24.

Promotion record

Rank Year Notes
1 dan 1993
2 dan 1993
3 dan 1995
4 dan 1996
5 dan 1997
6 dan 1998
7 dan 2000
8 dan
9 dan 2003 Promoted from 7 dan to 9 dan for winning the Kisei.

Career record

Titles and runners-up

Domestic
Title Wins Runners-up
Kisei 5 (2003, 2006-2009) 2 (2004, 2010)
Meijin 1 (2011) 1 (2003)
Honinbo 2 (2010, 2011)
Tengen 2 (2004, 2009) 4 (2003, 2005-2007)
Oza 2 (2006, 2007) 3 (2004, 2005, 2008)
Judan 3 (2006, 2007, 2010)
Gosei 1 (2000) 2 (2001, 2008)
Agon Cup 1 (2010) 1 (2011)
Shinjin-O 4 (1998-2001)
NEC Cup 1 (2011)
NEC Shun-Ei 1 (1999)
Shin-Ei 1 (2000)
Total 19 18
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