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  • Looking Into the World of Professional Go Players

    扶桑第一峰 “Collecting Mulberries, Top Peak” Cover of Kido, January 1967 Artist: Yokoo Shinrinjin In 1964, Japan hosted the Summer Olympics (notably portrayed in the movie, “Walk, Don’t Run,” starring Cary Grant in his last major motion picture) making its debut on the international stage after the debacle of WWII. However, at heart it was still […]

  • Problem 332

    Easily Bungled Life & Death Problems Black to Play Composed by Hidaka Toshiyuki 8 dan and published in the Easily Bungled Life & Death Problems booklet as a supplement to Kidō, April 1995. If the Four Marked White Stones are Captured, It is a Success.

  • The Big Game: Speaking Frankly

    鳥啼山寂々、雨過樹蒼々 “Birds chirp, the mountains are silent / Rain passes through the thick, green forest” Cover of Kido, July 1978 Artist: Yokoo Shinrinjin In the Meijin league, pursuing Kato Masao, without a loss, are Otake and Kudo, fiercely competing. At the critical point in the tournament, the two met in this game, one that made […]

  • Otake vs. Kudo – 3rd Annual Meijin Tournament

    3rd Annual Meijin Tournament White: Otake Hideo, 9 dan Black: Kudo Norio, Oza Date: May 11, 1978 Place: Nihon Ki-in [Japanese Go Association], Tokyo Komi: 5½ points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • Problem 331

    Easily Bungled Life & Death Problems Black to Play Composed by Hidaka Toshiyuki 8 dan and published in the Easily Bungled Life & Death Problems booklet as a supplement to Kidō, April 1995. If the Three Marked White Stones are Captured, It is a Success.

  • Hengen Large Scale Strategic Fighting

    内海朝陽 “Inland Sea Morning Sun” Cover of Kido, July 1980 Artist: Mikami Masatoshi The “Wizard” in GoWizardry comes from “hengen” 変幻, which was also the nickname of Yamabe Toshiro. He was known for the ingenuity of his play, and for years he published a feature in Kido magazine that examined complex positions in detail. In […]

  • Otake vs. Kato – 3rd Annual Meijin Title, Challenger Final Further Analysis

    3rd Annual Meijin Title, Challenger Final White: Otake Hideo, Gosei Black: Kato Masao, Honinbo Date: August 26, 1978 Place: Nihon Ki-in [Japanese Go Association], Tokyo Komi: 5½ points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • Problem 330

    Easily Bungled Life & Death Problems Black to Play Composed by Hidaka Toshiyuki 8 dan and published in the Easily Bungled Life & Death Problems booklet as a supplement to Kidō, April 1995. A Case Where There are Outside Liberties

  • The Big Game: Frankly Speaking

    Yomiuri Newspaper Ad Back Cover of Kido, October 1978 Artist: 石山弘 Ishiyama Hiro Intense competition among newspapers in Japan led to the Asahi Newspaper outbidding the Yomiuri Newspaper for the rights to the Meijin title in 1975. Consequently, the Yomiuri launched the Kisei title in 1976 as the most prestigious in terms of the cash […]

  • Otake vs. Kato – 3rd Annual Meijin Title, Challenger Final

    3rd Annual Meijin Title, Challenger Final White: Otake Hideo, Gosei Black: Kato Masao, Honinbo Date: August 26, 1978 Place: Nihon Ki-in [Japanese Go Association], Tokyo Komi: 5½ points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

Books

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Imagination of a Go Master, Logic Shattering Cosmic Go

Takemiya has selected ten of his games against leading go players and formatted them into a collection of problems designed to illustrate his famous cosmic style.

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Go For Everyone

Go For Everyone

A New Method for Learning to Play the Game of Go

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Journey to the West

This is a semi-autobiographical novel that depicts a unique American success story; a rags to riches tale of a man escaping his humble origins to make millions of dollars, but then he throws it all away due to the ancient character flaw of hubris.

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