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  • Wizardry Large Scale Strategy

    The Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament is being held now through May 26. A record 15 foreign wrestlers are competing for the Emperor’s Cup. See the final days’ action right now. http://www.sumo.or.jp/En/ Yamabe Toshiro was the inspiration for much of what GoWizardry presents to the English-speaking go public. His nickname was 変幻 (= hengen = "transformation"), […]

  • 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 […]

  • Magari vs. Yamabe – 27th Annual Honinbo League

    27th Annual Honinbo League White: Magari Reiki 8 dan Black: Yamabe Toshiro 9 dan Date: January 5~6, 1972 Place: Nihon Ki-in Komi: 4.5 points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • Young Lions of the Past

    From the March 1974 issue of Kidō magazine What kind of feeling is conveyed by the images here? Any idea what they represent? Or how they fit into the pages of the magazine they were printed in? To answer the last question first, they are taken from an ad for Pioneer audio systems! Most of […]

  • Mane-Go

    早乙女や朝澄む小田の水かゝみ        蕪村 Saotome ya sumu oda no mizu kagami      Buson Rice planting girl! The mirror of the water of the clear rice paddy Artist: 深林人 Shinrinjin Kido, July 1974 Yosa Buson (与謝蕪村 1719-1783) appeared on the cultural scene (as both a poet and artist) after the great Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉 1644-1694) had passed away and […]

  • Fujisawa vs. Yamabe, 20th Nihon Ki-in Championship, Semi-Final

    20th Nihon Ki-in Championship, Semi-Final White: Fujisawa Hosai 9 dan Black: Yamabe Toshiro 9 dan Date: November 1972 Place: Nihon Ki-in, Tokyo. Komi: 5½ points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • Fujisawa vs. Yamabe, 13th Old Meijin League

    13th Old Meijin League White: Fujisawa Hosai 9 dan Black: Yamabe Toshiro 9 dan Date: March 27,28, 1974 Place: Nihon Ki-in, Tokyo. Komi: 5½ points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • 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 […]

  • Examining Go Styles

    寒月 “Wintery Moon” Cover of Kido, December 1981 This beautiful scene seems to be of the Five Story Pagoda at Kiyomizu-Dera in Kyoto. However, the notes given by the artist, Mikami Masatoshi, indicate that the city is Nara. The professional go player profiled in the following article is Fujisawa Hosai, who is not well known […]


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