In order to survive to stay in the challenger-deciding leagues for the next term, one should occupy the second place or higher to get exemption from the long preliminary tournament to enter to the leagues. So there is no hope already for the players with 1-3 before the final round. It actually a survival race among the players with 3-1. The top players between Red and White league will have a challenger deciding match at a later date to challenge Oui Fukaura Koichi.
The game between Joryu oui Shimizu and Queen Kai started at 9:00am at Egret Himeji in Hyogo prefecture. Before the game, Kai leads the score in 1-0. You may watch and replay the game through the link below;
The allotted thinking time per player is four hours. It will end in one or two hours from now. And the frequently updated photos of both players are available to watch here (Upper = Shimizu, Lower = Kai).
On May 18 and 19, the 4th game of 68th Meijin-sen was held at Jonan Club in Fukuoka Prefecture. Habu beat Miura in 163 moves. Different from last three games, Miura did not choose Yokofutori(Side Pawn) and took a slow opening without Bishop exchange. I think the position fluctuated several times but Habu finally grasped a win of a long game. He defended the title of Meijin with this victory in 4-0. You may replay the game through the link below;
The 1st game started at 9:00am today. It's on boardlive now. As a result of Furigoma, Challenger Joryu-2dan Kai Tomomi became Sente. Gote is of course defender Ladies Oui Shimizu. The venue is Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo. You can watch and replay the game through the following link.
On May 6 & 7, the third game of 68th Meijin-sen best of seven game was held at Noda Shimin Kaikanin Chiba Prefecture. Meijin Habu was Gote in this game and he beat
Miura following to the last two game. After the game, the score became 3-0
led by Habu. You can replay the game through the linke below;
Miura seemed to fail deciding his next move and the voice of cownting-up reached 59 seconds, then he resined the game. I heard that Miura could have entered his King to Habu's camp but the 60 seconds were too short for the complicated position. The forth game will take place on May 18 & 19.