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Kobayashi 6 Dan, Full of Fighting Spirit, Part IV

From Kidō, July 1974

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Young Sharp Players, Five Opponent Elimination Tournament

Kobayashi 6 Dan, Full of Fighting Spirit


Here is Tsuchida’s entry in the 1973 Kidō Yearbook. The text reads: Born August 1, 1944. Gifu. Entered the school of Kitani 9 dan in 1957, becoming an insei [student at the Nihon Ki-in]. Became professional in 1962. In the same year 2 dan, 1963 3 dan, 1965 4 dan, 1966 5 dan, 1969 6 dan, 1972 7 dan. In 1962 won the Lower Section of the Ōteai Ranking Tournament. In 1967 placed 2nd in the Upper Section of the Ōteai Ranking Tournament. Hobbies include movies. His residence is given as being in Gifu Prefecture.

White: Tsuchida Masamitsu 7 dan

Black: Kobayashi Kōichi 6 dan

Black gives a 5½ point komi. Two hour time limit for both players.

Analysis by Yamabe Toshirō 9 dan

Notes by the observer, Itō Keiichi

The Focal Points of Figure 7

The placement of Black 73 contains various hidden aims.

White 84 is the real move [honte] here. It may also seem possible to play on the lower side, but there were potential problems [bad aji] in the lower right.

White 88 provokes a final battle.

Figure 7: An Aim to go after Capturing


Figure 7 (71-88)

It is painful for White to have to play 72 in order to engineer eye shape. What is more, although the group cannot easily be killed, the group cannot be said to be completely alive. Black can aim to make the single placement at 73. Making the position thick and strong with 75 and 77 may be said to be a preparation for the eventual possibility of going for the capture.

Yamabe: “For White 84…


Diagram 21

…Developing on the lower side with White 1 in Diagram 21 could also be considered, but after the attachment of Black 2 through the single forcing move of 6, Black fixes the shape on the upper side with 8 and the following sequence. By turning to the jump of 14, as before Black has a winning game. Playing White 3 as the hane at 4, leads to Black A, White B, Black C, White 3 Black d and White 5 and kō. However, Black has kō threats in the upper left, so White has no chances of winning.”

Black 85 goes a little too far as an extension. Black “a” was solid. White 88 may be called White’s last challenge to battle.

The Focal Points of Figure 8

The attachment of Black 91 and descent to 93 maintain a connection.

White 96 and 98 make painful shape.

Black 99 is proper shape; the diagonal move of “c” is slack.

Black 107 is a move to settle things on the upper side.

Figure 8: Resigned to the Loss


Figure 8 (88-107)

The White territory on the right side is not very large. In regards to that, the Black marked stone which was a move played to secure an eye, is a big factor in the endgame.

Tsuchida: “Maybe before anything else White should play the move at ‘a’ to put the shape in order and see what Black does.”

Yamabe: “White is a move that eliminates potential problems [makes good aji], but Black will slide in at ‘b,’ and if White defends, then Black ‘c’ on the lower side locks things down, which is no good. Here is a place where White should go for 88.”

Kobayashi: “When Black plays 97, White 98 is terrible.


Diagram 22

“If White does not make the attachment of 1 in Diagram 22, it is funny, I must say. White 96 and the connection of 98 are painful moves to play.”

Around this point, it seems that Tsuchida was just playing on, resigned to the loss. At the point of White 100, both sides just had ten minutes left on the clock.

Black 99 makes shape. Here, the diagonal move of “c” is slack. If White defends, Black slides to “b” right away. Therefore, White 100 through 106 are an unavoidable order of moves.

By descending to 107, Black heads to settle things on the upper side. Should Black go for a capture, or force it to live and during the process consolidate the left side with good potential [good aji]?

Figure 9: Expecting to Wrap it Up


Figure 9 (107-120)

In answer to White 8, Black played 9 and the following moves expecting to wrap things up. Had Black played 9 as the hane at 11 in order to go after the capture, White would attach at “a,” and would inevitably enter into the center. Even if there were only a miniscule chance of survival, Black could not be careless.

The descent of Black 15 secures the win.

Figure 10: Kobayashi is Strong


Figure 10 (120-142)

Yamabe: “It is already more than ten years ago when the Nihon Ki-in was located in Takanawa, but we held a study group there. At that time, the Nagoya players Hane san (Yasumasa 8 dan) and Tsuchida san would participate every time, coming to Tōkyō at their own expense. We were impressed by how enthusiastic they were to improve.”

Figure 11: Tsuchida Unable to Show His True Qualities


Figure 11 (141-167)

Yamabe: “In this game, Tsuchida san was unable to show his true qualities, while it was notable that only Kobayashi’s strength was apparent. Every time I analyze these things, I see how well he reads in a short time and I respect that. Black did not play a single bad move.”

167 moves. Black wins by resignation.

[Game Record]

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