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  • A Great Master of Go

    I was taught how to play go by a doctor from San Francisco. That was in 1973. Bobby Fischer had won the World Chess Championship the previous year and the doctor, after finding out that I was a good chess player, asked me to play a game with him and tried to beat me. When […]

  • Nihon Kiin Championship Challenger Final

    Ohira Turns the Tables to Secure the Right to Challenge for the Title Way back in the early 1970s Ohira Shuzo fought his way to the final of the Nihon Kiin championship. This might not seem like a big deal, but only four players in history ever won that title: Sakata Eio, Takagawa Kaku, Ishida […]

  • A Large Group of Stones Helpless

    牧 借 路 清 童 問 上 明 遙 酒 行 時 指 家 人 節 杏 在 欲 雨 花 何 断 粉 村 処 魂 々 ちまきたまわりうれしく候 良寛 I contacted the Nihon Ki-in to get an explanation of the writing on the cover of Kido, MaRyoy 1972 from which the following article is […]

  • Thirty Years of the Cotsen Open

    The Cotsen Open was held at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, on this past October 13 and 14. The sponsor, Eric Cotsen, has once again proven himself to be the most important promoter of go in the United States. The Japanese Go Association (Nihon Ki-in) has donated millions of […]

  • Twentieth Century Famous Games

    1933: New and Old Guard Confrontation, Honinbo Shusai versus Go Seigen By Ito Keiichi Artwork by Uchiyama Tsutomu From Kido, June 1970 The Problem of the Karigane/Takabe Rise to 8 Dan On February 11, 1933, the promotion of Karigane Junichi and Takabe Dohei of the Kiseisha to 8 dan upon recommendation by the organization was […]

  • Kobayashi Koichi 7 Dan Wins with the Magic Sword

    Secret Moves Revealed — Young Players Debate Left to Right: Kato Masao 7 dan, Cho Chikun 6 dan, Kobayashi Koichi 7 dan; in the lower right 光一 = Koichi From Kido, September 1975 The two point high pincer, dubbed the "Magic Sword of Muramasa," is representative of the most difficult of joseki, but Koichi 7 […]

  • Sakata’s Explosive Punch

      灯 巌 世 関   火 根 上 雪   明 欲 栄 充   滅 穿 枯 裏   古 深 雲 六   窓 夜 往 十   前 雨 還 年 I must explain that I cannot read the poem above. Few native Japanese readers can, either. I showed it to […]

  • A Potpourri of Go Positions

    花咲翁 「棋道」の表紙 横尾森林人 = Kido no Hyoshi = Kido Cover = "Hanasaki Okina" = "Blooming Flower Old Man" The late Abe Yoshiteru 9 dan (September 28, 1941~July 3, 2000) was renowned as a studious player who tried to be present in as many venues as serious games of go were played, either by professionals or […]

  • Edo Town Go Club

    Edo Town Go Club 江戸町碁会所 = "Edo machi Gokaisho"; Edo is the olden name for Tokyo; tagging "machi" = "town" on the end means that it is a small section within the larger metropolis; "gokaisho" is the normal term for "go club"; "作 谷いくお" = "Saku Tani Ikuo" = "Saku" means "Work" or "Piece" and […]

  • This is the Vital Point

    By Okubo Ichigen 9 dan From Kido May 1969 An Essay on How to Become Strong Model 1 Black to Play Okubo: Model 1. The eye should be struck by the exchange of the marked White stone for the marked Black stone. With this done, White wedges between Black’s stones with 1. It seems that […]


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