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Norimoto Yoda

Norimoto Yoda
Full name Norimoto Yoda
Kanji 依田紀基
Born February 11, 1966
Iwamizawa, Japan
Teacher Takeo Ando
Turned pro 1980
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Norimoto Yoda (依田 紀基 Yoda Norimoto, born February 11, 1966, in Iwamizawa, Japan) is a professional Go player.

Biography

Yoda is a student of Takeo Ando. He has won 35 titles so far in his career, the seventh highest in Japan. He became a professional in 1980, and reached 9 dan in 1993. In 2006, he was the heart of the Japanese team in international tournaments, steering them to a win over Team Korea in the 7th Nongshim Cup.

Titles and runners-up

Ranks #7 in total amount of titles in Japan.

Domestic
Title Wins Runners-up
Kisei 2 (1998, 2009)
Meijin 4 (2000-2003) 2 (1999, 2004)
Honinbo 2 (2004, 2007)
Judan 2 (1995, 1996) 1 (1997)
Gosei 6 (1996-1998, 2003-2005) 1 (2006)
Agon Cup 1 (1997) 1 (1996)
NHK Cup 5 (1991, 1993, 1998-2000) 1 (2005)
Shinjin-O 5 (1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990) 1 (1982)
NEC Cup 3 (1992, 1997, 2002) 2 (1988, 1989)
Daiwa Cup 1 (2007)
Kakusei 1 (2002) 1 (2001)
Hayago Championship 2 (1993, 1996)
Shin-Ei 2 (1986, 1987) 2 (1984, 1989)
NEC Shun-Ei 1 (1986)
Total 30 19
Continental
Japan-Korea rookie competition 1 (1991)
Asian TV Cup 3 (1993, 1998, 1999)
Teda Cup 1 (2004)
Total 4 1
International
Ing Cup 1 (1996)
Samsung Cup 1 (1996)
Fujitsu Cup 1 (2004)
Tong Yang Cup 1 (1994)
Total 1 3
Career total
Total 35 23

Appearance in Fiction

The climactic go game played between the fictional players Fujiwara-no-Sai and Toya Meijin in the anime and manga series Hikaru no Go was in fact a real 1997 game between Norimoto and Rin Kaiho. Norimoto played the winning white side attributed to Sai.

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