Hane Naoki

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Hane Naoki (羽根直樹)

Hane Naoki (羽根直樹, b. 14 August 1976 in Mie, Japan) is a Japanese, professional 9-dan of the Nihon Kiin. He was one of the top players in the 2000s, winning over 20 titles. He is the son and student of Hane Yasumasa, and is married to Hane Shigeko.

Style

Hane's style has been noted as thick and calm, aiming for long, territorial games with the goal of maximizing his thickness in the endgame. He wrote a book on his style called, The Way of Creating a Thick and Strong Game.

Rank Promotion

  • 1991: 1d
  • 1991: 2d
  • 1992: 3d
  • 1992: 4d
  • 1994: 5d
  • 1996: 6d
  • 1998: 7d
  • 2000: 8d
  • 2002: 9d

Titles

  • 1996: 26th Shin Ei
  • 1997: Oteai, Higher Dans Section
  • 1999: 40th Okan Tournament
  • 2001: 27th Tengen
  • 2002: 43rd Okan Tournament
  • 2002: 28th Tengen
  • 2002: 15th Tengen-Tianyuan Match
  • 2003: 44th Okan Tournament
  • 2003: 29th Tengen
  • 2004: 11th Agon Cup
  • 2004: 28th Kisei
  • 2004: 45th Okan Tournament
  • 2005: 29th Kisei
  • 2006: 53rd NHK Cup
  • 2007: 48th Okan Tournament
  • 2008: 63rd Honinbo
  • 2008: 49th Okan Tournament
  • 2009: 16th Agon Cup
  • 2009: 64th Honinbo
  • 2009: 28th NEC Cup
  • 2009: 50th Okan Tournament
  • 2009: 15th Ricoh Pair Go Cup
  • 2011: 36th Gosei
  • 2011: 52nd Okan Tournament
  • 2012: 53rd Okan Tournament
  • 2013: 54th Okan Tournament

Awards & Recognitions[2]

  • 1995: New Player Award
  • 1996: Most wins, 48
  • 1997: Most wins, 50
  • 1999: Most consecutive wins, 19
  • 2001: Best Player Award
  • 2001: Hidetoshi Prize?
  • 2001: Most games played, 88
  • 2001: Most wins, 68
  • 2002: Reached 500 career wins
  • 2003: Best Player Award
  • 2005: Reached 600 career wins
  • 2009: Reached 700 career wins

Trivia

  • During Japan's international decline after the mid-1990s, Hane suffered a record fifteen losses in international competition from 2003-2005. It was cited as representative of Japan's decline on the international stage.[1]
  • In 2002, Hane Naoki was promoted to 9-dan and set a Nihon Ki-in record for second fastest promotion to 9-dan at 11 years and 3 months.
  • In 2011, Hane ranked second in yearly wins among Japanese players.
  • In the 63rd Honinbo title-match, Hane came back after three losses with a reverse sweep to defeat Takao Shinji. As of 2011, this feat has only occurred six times between the Meijin, Kisei and Honinbo titles.
  • In the past, Hane has had a noted rivalry with Takao Shinji.

Notes

[1] Reference: Agora Black & White Episode 5: The Rise of Chinese Weiqi, by Lee Hongreal?, [ext] http://gobase.org/studying/articles/LeeHongYeol/?episode=5
[2] Reference: Nihon Kiin profile: [ext] http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000307.htm (Japanese)

See Also


Hane Naoki last edited by 69.132.118.91 on April 25, 2016 - 04:31
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