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10-yr-old Go prodigy loses in final round of major female tournament in Tokyo

Sumire Nakamura, left, looks disappointed after being defeated by Nao Mannami in the female Kisei pro Go tournament at the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Sept. 30, 2019. (Mainichi/Akinori Miyamoto)

TOKYO -- Ten year-old Go prodigy Sumire Nakamura lost in her first game of the final round of the 23rd female Kisei pro Go tournament at the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) in the capital on Sept. 30.

Nakamura, who in April became the youngest ever professional of the traditional board game in Japan, had recorded two consecutive wins in the preliminary round. It was the first time for the young player to advance to the final round of one of the five female pro titles in Japan.

First-dan ranked Nakamura was defeated by fourth-dan ranked Nao Mannami, 34, who last year claimed victory in the Senko Cup, one of the major female titles. The experienced Mannami told reporters that Nakamura made strong moves in the early stage of the game, but that she later took control to get the better of the wunderkind.

After her elimination from the tournament, Nakamura looked disappointed and didn't talk to the media.

(Japanese original by Susumu Maruyama, Cultural News Department)

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