A nine-year-old Japanese girl is set to become the youngest professional player of the Asian board game “Go.”
Nakamura will be 10 when she turns professional in April. That will make her the youngest-ever professional player, setting a new record for the first time in nine years.
The Japan Go Association, or Nihon Ki-in, officially decided at a board meeting on Saturday to induct Sumire Nakamura from the city of Osaka as a professional under a special quota for gifted young amateurs.
The quota was created to nurture players who can rival champions in China and South Korea, where the game is also popular.