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  • Takagawa’s Fuseki

    The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, is the most famous festival in Japan. It takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the grand procession of floats (Yamaboko Junko) on July 17 is particularly spectacular. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3942.html The late Takagawa Kaku 9 dan (September 21, 1915~November 26, 1986) had a simple […]

  • Takagawa vs. Hashimoto – 7th Honinbo Tournament Final Game 2

    7th Honinbo Tournament Final Game 2 White: Takagawa Kaku 7 dan Black: Hashimoto Utaro 8 dan Komi: 4.5 points Date: July 9-10, 1952 Place: Nichigetsu-tei, Nara White wins by 8 1/2 points. Analysis by Takagawa Kaku 9 dan in Kido, February 1975 Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • 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 […]

  • Getting Stronger: Various Thoughts

    秀格棋話 [Shukaku Kiwa = Honorary name of Takagawa Kaku, based on the Honinbo school head name of Shu with the suffix of Kaku; Kiwa = Game Talk] 上達法あれこれ [Jotatsu-ho Arekore] Improvement Methods That/This 名誉本因坊高川秀格 [Meiyo Honinbo Takagawa Shukaku] Honorary Honinbo Takagawa Shukaku; by tradition, when a player wins the Honinbo title, that player chooses a […]

  • Keys to Becoming Shodan: Balance

    Black to Play Before exploring the theme this time, the reader is asked to examine the board position above and come up with a move for Black. White has just made the diagonal move with the marked stone, bringing Black’s three stones under attack. Can the reader work out a way for Black to play […]

  • Takagawa vs. Rin – 30th Annual Honinbo League

    Black: Rin Kaiho 9 dan White: Takagawa Kaku 9 dan Date: December 26, 1974   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.  

  • Perception of the Subtleties of Play

    It has been noted that in order to reach the higher levels of skill in go it is necessary to study. By closely examining the games of strong players, perception of all sorts of factors begins to awaken. Starting with the first dan ranking, that of shodan, one begins to appreciate some of the subtleties […]

  • Sabaki

    Blast from the Past One of the aims of the American Go Extra was to provide material to help upper kyū level players advance to the next stage. Every issue contained a feature entitled Power Up to Dan Strength! The Summer 1995 issue offered an article that explained a concept that all kyū players find […]


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