Japanese girl to become youngest professional Go player

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BBC – A Japanese schoolgirl is set to become the youngest professional Go player of the board game Go.

Sumire Nakamura will be 10 when she enters the lowest professional rank of the game on 1 April.

She began playing the complicated strategy game at the age of three and was competing in national tournaments in Japan by the time she was seven.

The previous record was set by Rina Fujisawa, who was 11 when she became a professional player in 2010.

“I’m happy when I win,” the Osaka schoolgirl told a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday. “I want to have a title while being in junior high school.”

The Japan Go Association has chosen her to take part in a programme training young players to compete with Chinese and Korean players in international tournaments.

Her father, Shinya Nakamura, is also a professional player and won a national title in 1998.