Japanese Go Fairy Sumire confirms move to South Korea

Nakamura Sumire 3rd dan will be a member of Hankook Kiwon. On the afternoon of September 26, KOGI held a board of directors meeting at the 2nd floor competition hall to finalize the transfer application of Sumire Nakamura, who wanted to become a guest knight for KOGI.

Previously, the application for a guest knight had been passed by the Delegate Assembly, a meeting of representatives from each generation of professional knights in the organization, on September 13, and unanimously approved by the Steering Committee on September 15.

According to the Articles of Incorporation, “A guest knight is a person who is recognized as a professional knight by the headquarters and acts as a knight without joining through the headquarters’ recruitment competition or equivalent process.” Foreigners are excluded from countries with a professional system, but those who are specially qualified by the Board of Directors are eligible.

The transfer of Nakamura Sumire, which had been rumored for some time, came to the surface last month when a YouTube channel quoted a report from a Korean game betting site. Nippon Kiwon, which had been quiet, officially acknowledged the transfer on its website on March 11.

Born in Osaka in March 2009, the 14-year-old Nakamura Sumire 3rd dan is a genius girl knight in the Japanese go world and a star knight with a large fan base. She became a professional knight in 2019 as the first “Special Recruitment Recommendation Knight for Gifted Children,” a new program established by Nippon Go. At 10 years old, she was the youngest person in Japan to join the organization.

Since joining the organization at such a young age, she has broken several youngest records. In February, she won her first title at the 26th Women’s Ryugi Tournament Challenge No. 3, defeating titleholder Asami Ueno. At 13 years, 11 months, and 4 days old, she was the youngest player in Japanese go history.

The reason Nakamura Sumire III chose to leave Japan, where a special program was created for him to join, for Korea was to fulfill his dreams in a better environment with stronger players and greater opportunities.

The Japanese go community, which has always been proud of its early prodigies, is still coming to terms with the shock. Satoru Kobayashi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Japan Go Association, said, “It is natural to want to play at a higher level, and we support challenges. While there are some who regret the departure of the next generation of star players, we believe this will be viewed favorably by many fans in both countries as a historic event in the world of go.”굿모닝토토 주소

Nakamura Sumire’s love for Korea is unique. He came to Korea when he was 7 years old and studied go at Han Jong-jin Go Dojo for about two years before joining the team. He loves Korea, loves Korean food, and speaks Korean well. I have many favorite seniors and close friends in Korea.

Nakamura Sumire 3rd Dan will be a guest knight of Korean origin after she completes her challenge at the Japan Women’s Ryuki Tournament early next year.

The status of a guest knight is not much different from a regular knight. They can compete in world tournaments with a Korean tio. As a general rule, they are excluded from welfare benefits, but this is possible if the board of directors approves.

As of October 26, Nakamura Sumire 3rd dan has 147 wins and 82 losses, including one victory in Japan, for a 64.2% winning percentage. She hasn’t played a Japanese tournament since Aug. 29. In the Korean Women’s League, which she participated in for the first time this year, she went 7-2.


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