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Go prodigy clinches title for sixth consecutive time

TOKYO--A Taiwanese Go prodigy became the first female player in history to win the game's oldest tournament with the highest prize money for the sixth time in a row after defending her title in the 31st Women's Honinbo Tournament in Tokyo yesterday.

The 22-year-old Hsieh Yi Min (謝依旻) defeated her Japanese opponent AyaOkuda 3-0 in the best-of-five final after winning the first two matches in September and early October.

The match began at 9 a.m. and lasted for over 10 hours. Okuda got to make the first move, playing the black stones, but Hsieh, playing white, finally won in her 250th move to bag the prize money of 5.8 million Japanese yen (US$73,500).

In March, she won the 24th Japanese Women's Meijin Go tournament, putting her fifth title of Honorary Female Meijin under her belt.

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