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October 16th, 2006

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New record: Longest title game

Takao Shinji Honinbo increased his lead to 3-1 in his challenge for the title of Meijin last Wednesday and Thursday. His half-point victory over Cho U took 364 moves, and needless to say, involved a number of ko threats. This is the longest game in a title match ever, with the previous record belonging to Sakata Eio and Fujisawa Hosai, when they played a 361-move game in the 6th Judan title match in 1968.

The longest game ever recorded was a 411-move game in the Oteai of 1950.

For more details of other long game records, you can check out this (slightly outdated) article on MindZine, the (now defunct) webzine for mindsports.

For those who want to check out last week’s long games, you can get the .sgf from this page on Mr Kin’s Go News.

Posted by Steve in Links, Pro News

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