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  • Good Day. This is Sakata

    こんにちは坂田です。[Konnichi wa, Sakata Desu.] The late Sakata Eio 9 dan (February 15, 1920~October 22, 2010) was one of the greatest go players of all time. His ultra-sharp style led to him being nicknamed Kamisori (the Razor), and enabled him to win a plethora of titles over the course of his career. In 1964, he won […]

  • More about the Leela Zero Go-Playing Program

    Manji Inoue, Living National Treasure, Pottery Exhibition at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, 270 Arlington Dr., Pasadena, CA 91105, November 17-18, 2018 Last week I went to my Japanese go club, the South Bay Ki-in, located in the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardens, CA 90247; (310) 327-5757 with another member, Kevin Carr, […]

  • Leela Zero Go-Playing Program

    Last week, the night before I was going to my Japanese go club, the South Bay Ki-in, located in the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardens, CA 90247; (310) 327-5757, Kevin Carr sent me a text message asking if he should bring Leela Zero to the club. I had no idea what […]

  • An Apology

    During the past six months I was living at a hotel. I had planned to be there a much shorter period of time. It was just a temporary arrangement while I searched for a house or condominium to buy. Then, unfortunately, the real estate market in California exploded. To give the reader an idea of […]

  • Birds on Wires

    The late, great World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal used to say that there was a "chess virus" that many people were immune to, but he was glad that he was not. His brilliant career as the "Magician of Riga" (the capital of Latvia; Tal played as a Soviet in the late 1950s and 1960’s, when […]

  • Forty Years of American Go Association Ineptness

    This past October 20th I walked into my Japanese go club, the Southbay Ki-in, located in the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, CA, 90247; (310) 327-5757, about 1:30 pm and saw Michael Simon, who has been associated with the American Go Association (AGA) for many years, supervising the play of two […]

  • The Remarkable Iyama Yuta – 43rd Meijin Final Game 2

    43rd Annual Best of Seven Meijin Title Match, Game 2 White: Iyama Yuta, Meijin Black: Cho U 9 dan Played on September 8 & 9, 2018. Komi: 6 1/2 points 336 moves. White wins by 2 1/2 points. Figure 1 (1-30) Those interested in replaying the game move by move can click here to do […]

  • The Remarkable Iyama Yuta – 43rd Meijin Final Game 1

    I won the third quarter of 2018 tournament at the Japanese go club that I belong to, the South Bay Ki-in, located in the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247; (310) 327-5757. I am now ranked as 5 dan. Last year the ranking of most of the players in the […]

  • 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 […]

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Go on the Go Collection: Volume I

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Journey to the West

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