Takao Shinji (高尾 紳路 Takao Shinji, born 1976) is a professional Go player. As Honinbo, Takao has taken the name 秀紳 (Shushin).
- Challenger of the 41st Meijin title (2016, ongoing)
- Challenger of the 71st Honinbo title (2016)
- Challenger of the 40th Meijin title (2015)
- Winner of the 52th Judan title (2014)
- Winner of the 40th Tengen title (2014)
- Winner of the 31th NEC Cup title (2012)
- Challenger for 36th Kisei title (2012)
- Winner of 4th Daiwa Grand Champion Cup (2011)
- Challenger for 35th Meijin title (2010)
- Winner of 3rd Daiwa Grand Champion Cup (2010)
- Winner of 46th Judan title (2008)
- Winner of 3rd Daiwa Shoken Cup (2007)
- Winner of 62nd Honinbo title (2007)
- Winner of 1st Daiwa Shoken Cup (2006)
- Winner of 31st Meijin title (2006)
- Winner of 61st Honinbo title (2006)
- Winner of 60th Honinbo title (2005)
- Winner of 13th Ryu-sei title (2004)
- Challenger for 41st Judan title (2003)
- Winner of 33th Shin Ei title (2003)
- Challenger for 27th Shinjin-O title (2002)
- Winner of 17th NEC Shun'ei title (2002)
- Winner of 9th Ryu-sei title (2000)
- Winner of 15th NEC Shun'ei title (2000)
- Challenger for 23rd Shinjin-O title (1998)
- Winner of 21st Shinjin-O title (1996)
Nihon Ki-in pro promotion record
- 7 dan in 2000
- 8 dan in 2002
- 9 dan on 28 June 2005 (won 60th Honinbo)
Takao scored 900 wins at the youngest age (38 years old) and in the shortest term (23 year and 8 months), defeating Yamashita Keigo 9p by half a point in the Meijin league tournament on 25th December 2014. He became the 21st player to win 900 official games (*against 385 losses) in pro tournaments.
On March 1th 2012, winning a game of the 37th Meijin League against Mizokami Tomochika, Takao reached 800 wins in his career. On March 5th 2009, winning the first game of the 47th Judan, Takao reached 700 wins in his career (32nd player of the Nihon Kiin). He was the youngest player to reach this mark, and unsurprisingly also had the highest winning percentage. http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/english/topics/09/topics2009_03.htm
Bob McGuigan: On the Mainichi newspaper web site there are some comments about Takao and his success in the Honinbo match. Takao's win is ascribed to his thick style, transmitted from his teacher Fujisawa Hideyuki. It is mentioned that he is joining Cho U, Hane Naoki, and Yamashita Keigo at the top, and that these players are being called the "Four Emperors".
Strange Pro Opening 3 features a game between Takao and Yamashita Keigo. These two have been rivals since at least August 1986 when the 9-year-old Takao lost on national television to the not-quite-8-year-old Yamashita in the final of the All-Japan Elementary School Championship. In 1996 Takao beat Yamashita in the semi-final of the 21st Shinjin-O Tournament and then went on to sweep the title match from Nakamura Shinya 2-0. In 1998 Takao played Yamashita in the final of the 23rd Shinjin-O but lost 1-2.
On 2003-01-16 Takao beat Cho Chikun to win the losers' section of the Judan tournament. As a result, he will play the winner of the winners' section to see who will challenge O Rissei for the title. His opponent? Yamashita Keigo, of course! Dave.
Takao Shinji won the game by resignation, which means that the current holder O Rissei is not going to play two matches against Yamashita Keigo at the same time. HolIgor
Takao performed quite well in junior and lightning tournaments.