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  • Secret Moves Revealed: Young Professional Players Debate

    Here is the original first page of the following article, showing the format. In the photograph, Kato is on the left, Cho in the middle and Kobayashi on the right. Note that they all belonged to the Kitani Dojo and often analyzed positions like this together. Kido magazine thought that readers might like to sit […]

  • The Stirring Nature of an Unknown World

    By Kobayashi Koichi 7 dan Writer: Akiyama Kenji From Kido, August 1976 Longing for an Unknown World Kajiwara [Takeo] 9 dan rarely praises anyone, but in relation to Kobayashi Koichi 7 dan things are different. “It seems that he puts intense thought into his moves, I must say. There is still insufficient flexibility in his […]

  • A Masterpiece of Handicap Go

    Honinbo Shusai Meijin From Kido, December 1986 Meijin Tutoring Dojo January 14, 1937 5 Stones: Fujisawa Tamotsu (Shuko) White: Honinbo Shusai Meijin Preface In 5 stone handicap games, the tengen stone has power unrelated to territory. The point is to harness that power. In short, the power must be used effectively to attack. This game […]

  • Professional Perception

    After subscribing to Kido (棋道) magazine for many years, I ended up with a large number of pocket-sized booklets, at least a hundred or so, on all sorts of subjects. My favorites were the ones where top players would analyze their own games, often in a test format. I recently looked over a few of […]

  • Mane-Go

    驟雨山をひいて過ぐ 微風面をはらいて生ず 新人林 The Japanese just below the artist’s painting is ancient and difficult to read. Not just for me, but for average Japanese as well. It has been “translated” by the artist into modern Japanese. “A sudden mountain shower passes through, giving rise to a front of gentle wind”―Shinjinrin It has been a unique […]

  • Changing One’s Fundamental Conceptions About Go

    It is surprising how many amateur go players get stuck in a rut and never improve despite years of effort. One prominent member of the go community in Los Angeles has been taking regular lessons for more than twenty years from a strong professional player who is also a gifted teacher, and yet this amateur […]

  • How to Get Strong at Go

    High Mountain Traveling Minstrel In upper right: 行吟山高 [This is the traditional right to left reading of 高山吟行 = High Mountain Singing Traveling]; below: 深林人 = Shinrinjin = Deep Forest Man, artist’s signature] The game and analysis which follows comes from Kido, August 1977, with added comments to help weaker players understand how to study […]

  • Employment

    One of the key factors in any country’s economic welfare is the number of workers who are employed. Despite the fact that in most cases people concentrate on the unemployment rate. That’s fine. There is nothing to be gained by quibbling. So I will look at the situations from both sides. Unemployment: in the US […]

  • Money is Easy

    William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” in his book about the entertainment business, “Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting,” examines the situation when the movie studio, United Artists, faced a crisis with the failure of their major motion picture, “Heaven’s Gate.” It was […]

  • Fun and Games

    Baseball is the national pastime of the United States of America, much like go is the national pastime of Japan. Both of the games reflect the character of the people of the respective countries. And we are right now in the middle of the baseball season, when the “boys of summer” take to the fields […]



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