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▲S-46 strategy which is the most popular in Yagura was selected. Against ▲S-46, pushing a pawn immediately with △P-45 and forcing the silver to pull back to 37 is recently increasing. Although this sequence seems like turn loss for
Here, Watanabe discarded a knight with △N*55 to remove the threat and after ▲Px, dropped △G*57. This move was a
Watanabe took a 2-0 lead. He is a win away from defending his title.