Most moves on fourth line or higher

   

For fun, I decided to look for the pro game in which one or both players played the most moves before putting a stone on the third line or lower.

I only searched for a short time, but I did find an impressively unusual game from the shin fuseki period which I thought would not be easily beaten for the record. It was Onoda Chiyotaro vs Kitani Minoru, 1934 ([ext] http://ps.waltheri.net/database/game/6110/) and an astounding 43 moves were played on or above the fourth line before Kitani descended to the lowly third line.

So the first claimant to the record is:

For both players, 43 moves (Onoda Chiyotaro vs Kitani Minoru, in the aforementioned game).

For one player, 22 moves (Onoda Chiyotaro, ditto).

[Diagram]
Position after 43 moves (44 at a).  

Most moves on fourth line or higher last edited by PJTraill on May 10, 2018 - 04:03
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