At the IMSA Elite Mind Games, the Japanese men’s Go team started well, with a 2-1 win over Taiwan in round 1, despite a less-experienced team from the Nihon Kiin’s newest generation of players. Wins were scored by Yuta Mutsuura 2p against Lin Li-Hsiang 6p and by Toramaru Shibano 2p over Lin Shih-Hsun. The team’s first board, Tomoya Hirata lost to Chen Shih-Iuan 9p. Yuta and Toramaru are both 16 years old, pros for the last two years, well-dressed in conservative blue suits and almost painfully shy when interviewed. Asked about the playing style of his generation in Japan, Yuta shrugged. “I always play Go on the Internet against players from China, Korea,” he said through an interpreter. “So many players, so many styles.” Both players have been five or six times to international tournaments, as well as keeping the very busy schedule of active Japanese pros and winning quick promotion to 2p. Yuta said he copes with the stress of tournaments by listening to music and walking by himself before his games. He learned go from his father as a young child. He said he receives a lot of support and encouragement, but it is sometimes difficult being a full-time go player since not many of his friends and none of his family play the game, except, of course, for his father. “He likes Go more than I do,” Yuta said.