May 20, 2009

Shogi News : HABU selected Aigakari in this game . (Meijin sen)

Shogi News: The 67th Meijin sen : 7 games title match

The 4th game of Shogi Meijin sen 7 games title match between HABU and GOUDA started 9:00 A.M. , 20 May 2009 at Kongoubuji temple(English page) , Kouya san , Wakayama .

Sente: HABU Yoshiharu (Meijin , Osho , Kisei , Oza)
Gote : GOUDA Masataka (9 dan)

(diagram 1)

1.P-2f P-8d
2.P-2e P-8e
3.G-7h G-3b
4.P-2d Px2d
5.Rx2d P*2c
6.R-2h P-9d
(diagram 1)

HABU selected 1.P-7f as the opening move of this game . The move usually means , Sente player selects Ibisha . When Gote is also an Ibisha player , Sente wants an Aigakari game in most cases (, and in some cases he wants a Kakukawari game ) .

GOUDA naturally pushed his Rook Pawn with 1...P-8d and he shown his attitude that he would accept HABU's selection of the opening . HABU advanced his Rook Pawn with 2.P-2e and the opening was almost decided Aigakari opening .

After HABU exchanged the 2nd file Pawns by his Rook , he backed the Rook with 6.R-2h . GOUDA pushed 9th file Pawn with 6...P-9d , before his Rook Pawn exchange .

(diagram 2)

7.P-9f S-7b
8.S-3h P-3d
9.S-2g P-8f
10.Px8f Rx8f
11.P*8g R-8e
(diagram 2)

HABU also pushed 9th file Pawn with 7.P-9f and he advanced his right Silver with 9.S-2g . GOUDA exchanged the 8th file Pawns and he backed the Rook with 11...R-8e . This move is a relatively rare move .

(diagram 3)

12.S-6h P-7d
13.S-3f P-7e
(diagram 3)

HABU advanced his both Silvers with 12.S-6h and 13.S-3f . GOUDA advanced his 7th file Pawn with 13...P-7e . HABU sealed the 27th move and the game once stopped until next morning . The game will restart 9:00 A.M. , 21 May 2009 .

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