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  • The Satiric Touch Applied to Go

    From the July 1973 issue of Kidō magazine Murasaki Shikibu wrote the world’s first novel in the 11th century, The Tale of Genji ["Genji Monogatari" = 源氏物語], and since then others have produced literary works just as fascinating. One of the great cultural pleasures that the Japanese language provides is in the realm of poetry, […]

  • State of the Art in Artificial Intelligence

    Anyone who is interested in the game of go immediately takes notice when dramatic events in regard to the game take place. In the last year or so, nothing has grabbed the attention of go players throughout the world like the appearance of AlphaGo on the scene. At first, it was surprising when a very […]

  • A Promising Year for Go Ahead

    2018 is the year of the dog. This designation originated in Chinese culture, but the Japanese and Koreans, among others, also honor the tradition. My Japanese ex-wife was born in the year of the dog, and felt a special affinity with dogs because of that. (I was born in the year of the dragon, so […]

  • Focus on Go Analysis

    近況 “Recent Conditions” Cover of Kido, May 1974 Artist: Shinrinjin Regular visitors to GoWizardry are aware of the fact that artwork posted here often features a poem or haiku or other words written in Japanese. Efforts are taken to give a translation in English of the words. However, this time something unique happened, and it […]

  • One Hundred People, One Hundred Ways

    百事大吉 “In Everything, Excellent Luck” Cover of Kido, December 1977 Artist: Shinrinjin The artist’s name, 深林人, means “Deep Forest Person,” which emphasizes the isolation that often comes with creativity. It is ironic that go is a game that embraces all. The artist’s work is always welcome, and all can appreciate it in their own way. […]

  • 10 Dan Tournament, Round 1

    壱岐の海 “The Sea of Iki no Shima Island” Cover of Kido, August 1980 Artist: Mikami Masatoshi From ancient times, culture has been transmitted through Iki no Shima Island, which is part of the Tsushima Island chain… Summer in the Sea of Japan. The sky is beautiful. Kido used to highlight memorable moves or sequences in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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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