Yamashita Keigo Meijin-Honinbo (山下 敬吾, born September 6, 1978 in Asahikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan) up to now is by far the most successful student from the go school run by Kikuchi Yasuro.
In August 2010, after winning the Honinbo title, he changed his name to Dowa (道吾). Japanese go media uses the form Yamashita Dowa Honinbo, while Honinbo Dowa (本因坊 道吾) is also considered correct as long as he holds the title (he eventually lost it to Iyama Yuta in 2012). The Nihon Ki-in still prefers to refer to him with his earlier name.
Yamashita's spectacular style has renewed interest in the game of go. A short resume:
- Born 1978-09-06 in Asahikawa City
- 1-dan in 1993
- 7-dan in 2000
- 1998: 23rd Shinjin-O (King of The New Stars Title)
- 1999: 14th NEC Shun'ei (New Stars Hayago), 24th Shinjin-O
- 2000: 30th Shin'ei (New Stars Title), the 25th Gosei and the 25th Shinjin-O
- 2001: 26th Shinjin-O
- 2003: 27th Kisei winner
- 2003: 9 dan
- 2004: 30th Tengen winner by defeating Hane Naoki 3:0 in the final.
- 2005: Challenger for both the Kisei and Oza titles.
- 2006: 30th Kisei and 54th Oza winner
- 2007: Successfully defended 31st Kisei and 55th Oza titles.
- 2008: Successfully defended 32nd Kisei.
- 2009: Successfully defended 33rd Kisei.
- 2009: 35th Tengen winner by defeating Cho U 3:2 in the final.
- 2010: 65th Honinbo winner by defeating Hane Naoki 4-1.
- 2010: 19th Ryusei winner by defeating Nakano Hironari.
- 2010 17th Agon-Kiriyama Cup winner by defeating Cho Chikun.
- 2011: 66th Honinbo winner by defeating Hane Naoki 4-3.
- 2011: 36th Meijin winner by defeating Iyama Yuta 4-2.
- 2012: 37th Meijin winner by defeating Hane Naoki 4-3.
- 2013: 22th Ryusei winner by defeating Kono Rin.
As a 7 dan early in 2001, Yamashita Keigo won the prestigious 38th Shusai Prize. It recognised not only the fact that he won the Gosei title at the age of 21, but that his Go style is a breath of fresh air. In the same year he also won the Journalists' Club prize and the Kido Prize, among other awards. His book "Breakthrough Attacking Power: Yamashita Style" has been translated into English.
A small collection of his games can be found at My Friday Night Files.
A list of his famous games is maintained in Sensei's Gazette.
On 2009-10-22 reached 700 wins in his career (285 losses, 1 jigo), setting the records for youngest player to do so, and also the fastest to reach 700. In 2012-10-04, he reached 800 wins (349 losses, 1 jigo)
- 2012 26-20
- 2011 32-20
- 2010 40-23
- 2009 38-17
- 2008 27-24
- 2007 32-25
- 2006 44-24
- 2005 33-20
- 2004 39-32
- 2003 34-18
- 2002 61-17
- 2001 50-19
- 2000 59-18
- 1999 55-12
- 1998 60-15
- 1997 60-9
- 1996 39-12
- 1995 35-1-10
- 1994 22-11
- 1993 21-7
- Nihon ki-in player page: http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000322.htm
- Gobase page http://gobase.org/information/players/?pp=Yamashita%20Keigo .