by Jake Jacobs
27 October 2017
I described last spring how the Japan Open moved to a new venue, and was held at a different time of year. The second biggest tournament on the calendar, the Ouisen, was traditionally held in May. With the Open moving into its time slot, the Ouisen moved to the Open's old slot, the second weekend in October.
Mochy needs no introduction. Heck, he doesn't even need a surname. Facing him in the Ouisen final was Yuri Nakamura. Yuri's folks are both players. Her mother, Junko, travels to tournaments outside Japan, and has a number of trophies in her case, including the Japan Open. Yuri has been playing for at least fifteen years, maybe more. In other words, she has been playing twice as long as Matt Cohn-Geier, but she is half his age. This was her first final, but won't be her last.
Playing to 13 points, Yuri took a solid lead. After conceding a point to Mochy she still led 7-3 when the following exciting game began.
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