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  • 2019.1.18
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9-year-old schoolgirl to become Japan’s youngest pro go player in April

史上最年少、10歳のプロ棋士誕生へ 天才囲碁少女の登場が話題に

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Sumire Nakamura may still be in elementary school, but soon she will turn pro. In April, she will become Japan’s youngest professional go player, the Japan Go Association said on Jan. 5.

The current record for the youngest pro player is held by Rina Fujisawa. She went pro in 2009 at the age of 11 years and 6 months. Last year, Fujisawa won the Women’s Honinbo competition.

Sumire is 9, but when she goes pro on April 1, she will be 10. She will enter the ranks as a shodan, go’s lowest professional rank.

Go runs in Sumire’s family. Her father, 45-year-old Shinya Nakamura, is a ninthdegree professional player. Sumire started playing the board game at 3.

The Tokyo-born girl has been active in the go world. She took part in the national tournament for boys and girls when she was in second grade.

“I’m happy when I win (a go match). I want to have a title while still in junior high school,” Sumire said on Jan. 5. (Kyodo)

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elementary
(形)基本の、元素の、初等の
◆elementary education(初等教育)
◆Brandon said that he wanted to teach elementary school after graduation.
(ブランドンは卒業したら小学校で教えたいと言った)
☞element(名)成分、要素、元素

current
(形)現在の、現行の
(名)流れ
◆current events(最新の出来事)
◆The most current model of that smartphone has a facial recognition feature.
(そのスマートフォンの最新モデルには顔認証機能がある)
☞currently(副)現在は、一般に

competition
(名)試合、競争、競技
◆in competition with(~と競争して)
◆Samantha was clearly the best, so there wasn’t much of a competition.
(サマンサが明らかに一番だったので、大した競争にはならなかった)
☞compete(動)競争する

board
(名)板、盤、委員会
(動)板を張る、乗り込む
◆sweep the board(圧勝する)
◆We have to explain this plan to the board of directors before we can act on it.
(この計画を実行する前に、役員会に説明しなければならない)

active
(形)活動的な、積極的な
◆an active volcano(活火山)
◆My father has been an active participant in the city marathon for over 20 years.
(父は20年以上シティマラソンに積極的に参加している)
☞actively(副)活発に、積極的に

title
(名)題名、称号、選手権
(動)題をつける、称号で呼ぶ
◆win a national title(国内選手権で優勝する)
◆We need to have a good title for our presentation.
(プレゼン用にうまい題名をつける必要があります)

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1.Sumire Nakamura will become the youngest pro player of what game?

  • A) Life.
  • B) Go.
  • C) Poker.

正解を見る

正解は、B
Go.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. Sumire Nakamura may still be in ( ) school, but soon she will turn pro.

  • A) planetary
  • B) elementary
  • C) absently

正解を見る

正解は、B
elementary

Q2. The ( ) record for the youngest pro player is held by Rina Fujisawa.

  • A) current
  • B) curtain
  • C) calm

正解を見る

正解は、A
current

Q3. Last year, Fujisawa won the Women’s Honinbo ( ).

  • A) application
  • B) abbreviation
  • C) competition

正解を見る

正解は、C
competition

Q4. Sumire started playing the ( ) game at 3.

  • A) outdoor
  • B) winter
  • C) board

正解を見る

正解は、C
board

Q5. The Tokyo-born girl has been ( ) in the go world.

  • A) actor
  • B) active
  • C) acted

正解を見る

正解は、B
active

Q6. “I’m happy when I win (a go match). I want to have a ( ) while still in junior high school,” Sumire said on Jan. 5.

  • A) title
  • B) touring
  • C) book

正解を見る

正解は、A
title

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