Hello, everyone. As you might know, the 56th Judan tournament is going on right now in Japan. At this point, we’re in the second round; the players are competing in a knockout format to challenge Iyama Yuta to a match for the title.
The best way to keep up with this tournament is with the score chart at http://www.go4go.net/go/tournaments/scorechart/17-56-s20c . The favourites by rating are Ichiriki Ryo (JP #2), Yu Zhengqi (#3), Hsu Chiayuan (JP #4), Yamashita Keigo (JP #6), and Shida Tatsuya (JP #9) (ratings are from http://www.go4go.net/go/players/rank/2 and are unofficial although mathematical). Takao Shinji (JP #5) is not playing, probably due to focusing on defending the Meijin title from Iyama.
So far, the results concerning these top players are:
In the first round,
Hsu Chiayuan beat Akiyama Jiro (JP #14)
Shida Tatsuya beat Adachi Toshimasa (JP #40)
In the second round,
Ichiriki Ryo beat Nakano Yasuhiro (not on the ranking list of 60 players)