Aug 10, 2009

Shogi News : FUKAURA won over KUBO's Gokigen Nakabisha . (Ryuo sen)

Shogi News : The 22th Ryuo sen : challenger deciding tournament ; The 2nd semi final game

9:12 P.M. 10 August 2009 , after 77 moves , FUKAURA won the 2nd semi final game of Ryuo sen tournament . He will have the 1st game of the challenger deciding 3 games match with MORIUCHI , 17 August 2009 .

You can see the game nearly real time on the Net .
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Sente : FUKAURA Kouichi (Oi)
Gote : KUBO Toshiaki (Kio)

(diagram 1)

1.P-2f P-3d
2.P-7f P-5d
3.P-2e R-5b
4.S-4h P-5e
5.K-6h B-3c
6.K-7h K-6b
7.S-6h K-7b
8.P-3f S-3b
9.S-3g P-4d
10.S-7g P-5f
(diagram 1)

KUBO selected Gokigen Nakabisha as the opening of this game . FUKAURA selected 4.S-4h line and allowed KUBO to make Gosuji Kuraidori Nakabisha formation .

FUKAURA advanced his both Silver to aim at KUBO's 5e-Pawn . KUBO pushed the 5th file Pawn to exchange and to avoid being captured .

(diagram 2)

11.Px5f Rx5f
12.S-6f R-5a
13.P-3e Px3e
14.S-4f P-4e
15.Sx3e R-5g+
16.P*3d Bx6f
17.Bx6f +Rx4g
18.B*1f +R-3f
19.P-2d Px2d
20.P-3c+ Nx3c
21.Sx2d P*2g
22.R-3h +Rx6f
23.Px6f B*5f
24.K-8h Bx3h+
25.Gx3h R*4i
26.R*3i R-4f+
27.Sx3c= Sx3c
28.N*6d Px6d
(diagram 2)

Replying KUBO's 5th file Pawn exchange , FUKAURA advanced his left Silver with 12.S-6f . KUBO backed his Rook with 12...R-5a and FUKAURA immediately started attacking at KUBO's Bishop head with 13.P-3e .

KUBO made his Rook promoted . The move 15...R-5g+ seemed to be captured by the 6f-Silver . But if FUKAURA captured the promoted Rook with 16.Sx5g , the following moves would lead KUBO's fork ; 16.Sx5g Bx8h+ , 17.Kx8h B*5e .

Then FUKAURA didn't capture the promoted Rook , but attacked KUBO's 3c-Bishop . Exchanging the Bishop and 6f-Silver , KUBO tried to continue attcking . But FUKAURA's Bishop drop with 18.B*1f not only protected 4i-Gold , but also aimed at KUBO's 6a-Gold .

KUBO still tried to continue attacking , but until FUKAURA's Bishop dropping on 5d , FUKAURA seemed to get an advantage .

(diagram 3)

30.Bx6c+ Kx6c
31.Bx6a+ B*4d
32.+Bx7a Bx7a
33.G-4g +Rx6f
34.Rx3c+ P*5c
35.P*6g +Rx6g
36.N*7e K-7b
37.S*6c K-8b
38.S*7b B*6f
39.K-9h resigns
(diagram 3)

After 77 moves , FUKAURA won the game .

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