A Game of washing off humiliation. As to Ma Xiaochun, the winter of 1992 is really too warm. In this year's 5th China-Japan Meijin dual match, he defeated super first-class player Kobayashi Koichi 9p whom he lost to in eight consecutive games. With ten year's tenacious effort, Ma Xiaochun finally achieved this long waited victory. The iron wall of super first-class Japanese players disappears ever since. Three years after, Ma Xiaochun obtained both Tong Yang Cup champion and Fujitsu Cup champion, two biggest international Go championship events at that time. In Fujitsu Cup, after he defeated Kobayashi Koichi and won the champion, Ma Xiaochun can't help but said, today I should first thank Kobayashi Koichi. This statement was also a summary of his sixth consecutive loss in China-Japan Meijin dual match (he lost to Kobayashi Koichi by 0:2 in term 2, 3 and 4, and eventually defeated Kobayashi Koichi by 2:0 in term 5.).
I was traveling around the country and already didn't play Go for a long time. After war, new Jubango started again, this time my opponent was Hashimoto Utaro 8p, the time limit is 7 hours each side and the game has to be finished in one day. Comparing with the first two games which were played until midnight, White conceded this game before sunset.
Game of the Deepest Impression: Before this game, Yoda Norimoto already won six consecutive games in this SuperGo team tournament and had ferocious momentum. Japanese side suggested to broadcast this game live for the whole day, which was never done in the past. They thought, only if Yoda Norimoto killed me, the ring contest would end with 7:0, all the losses in the past three terms would be redeemed. I agreed with live broadcast.
Passionate Game at End of Century: On 12/25/1999, Ma Xiaochun waited this victory for a long time. As two top-notch players in the world, Lee Changho had achieved 10 consecutive and 6 consecutive victories against Ma Xiaochun, it was a big weird phenomenon. They had played total 29 fierce games since 1991 Fujistu Cup, although Lee Changho led by 22 wins and 7 defeats and with winning percentage as high as 76%, Ma Xiaochun lost again and again but fought back tenaciously every single time, this was also a big scene in Go world at end of century. Although Lee Changho who was 11 years younger eventually will surpass Ma Xiaochun, but their every collision and intense show made Go world crazy, it was the most memorable scene at end of last century.
A game that attains the highest level in one step: After this game, the world youngest champion was born in Go arena. In 1992 3rd Tongyang Cup, Lee Changho at the age of less than 17 defeated Yoon SeongHyun, Qian Yuping and Cho Hunhyun in a row, and advanced to the final. In best-of-5 final, Lee Changho first trailed by 1:2 but he won back two consecutive games and finally beat the world top-rated player Rin Kaiho by 3:2, winning the champion. Lee Changho not only created the record of the world youngest champion, but also since then he is unstoppable, till now he is still holding 'world #1' position!
In the opening stage of the game, Black played some questionable moves and sank into passivity. The observers all thought Black would lose the game for sure. But in the second half of the game, Black's moves are extremely brilliant, the endgames are exquisite and superb, in the end Black successfully turned the game around.
Wheelchair Match: After winning Kisei title by defeating Fujisawa Hideyuki 9p, Cho Chikun defeated the challenger Rin Kaiho 9p and Takemiya Masaki 9p in a row, achieving three consecutive Kisei titles. However in early 1986 he was unluckily involved in a car accident, and the tournament sponsor refused to push off the title match agenda. Leaving with no choice, Cho Chikun sat in a wheelchair and bravely fought with his strong opponent since their childhood Kobayashi Koichi in best-of-7 series. Although Kobayashi Koichi eventually won the title by a total score of 4:2, but in the first three games, Cho Chikun won two consecutive games after losing the first one. The most important is, even if siting in a wheelchair and his whole body being bandaged, he released his stones as if he was twisting screws, he never said to quit. Till now, Go fans and players are still deeply touched by this kind of fighting spirit.
The most exciting game: 1985 is a very important year in Chinese Go history, in this year, China-Japan SuperGo was born. In the public opinion of "Chinese must lose", Jiang Zhujiu first won five consecutive games which made this event suddenly suspenseful, next "SuperGo hero" Nie Weiping defeated Kobayashi Koichi, Kato Masao and Fujisawa Hideyuki successively and shocked the world. Although it was unexpected that the insufferably arrogant top-flight Japanese Go players lost the match, but due to this surprising victory, it very luckily brought up one or even two new generations of Chinese Go fans. Not only Nie Weiping achieved an amazing victory for Chinese team, he also completely surpassed himself and put himself into the ranks of world-class top-notch players.
The game that unified the three majors: The 7th Kisei title match was very dramatic, after Fujisawa Hideyuki won the first three games, the challenger Cho Chikun griped tightly, won back three games in a row and tied the best-of-7 series at 3:3, in this situation, the decisive game 7 was ready to play, you can imagine how intense it would be, the place was Tokyo, Japan.
At that time, the dan-promotion Oteai was the most important Go event. Because there were Spring and autumn Oteai events, the newspaper-sponsored tournaments had to find another time. From 1930, I started to participate in the Oteai event and advanced to 4 dan with the fastest speed, it was harder than now, in order to promote, you have to get 70+ points. Advancing from 4 dan to 5 dan is impossible to achieve if you don't spend at least two years.
The most regrettable game: In the final of 1st Ing Cup, after losing a good game regrettably in the game 4, Nie Weiping's play in the game 5 can't compare with Cho Hunhyun's. Before this game, although Nie Weiping also lost in the 4th China-Japan SuperGo match, but overall he always seemed to have stayed in an up trend. However after he lost this match, even if he also won some games occasionally but couldn't turn the tide in his favor any more. On the other hand, since he won the champion, Cho Hunhyun not only started a new chapter in Korean Go history, he also becomes vigorous for a long time and never seems to decline. One game had changed the destiny of two high hands, luck really makes fun of human! Just because of this, Nie Weiping said more than once that this game made him deeply sorrowful for a life time!
This game is the 21st Honinbo Shusai Meijin's retirement game. At the time of the game, Honinbo Shusai was already 64 years' old. Although Shusai Meijin lost this game regrettably, but overall White had managed and played brilliantly, adequately reflecting Meijin's elegant skill, therefore this game is still regarded as one of his marvelous masterpiece. Kitani Minoru was one of few strongest players at that time (29 year's old), in the challenger game held between 1937 and 1938, he defeated all other top players and earned the right to play this Shusai Meijin's retirement game.
When it was still in the middle game, everybody thought Shusaku, who took Black, would lose the game, but one doctor said: "Although I don't know how to play Go, but my medical knowledge is just fine. Soon after Shusaku released his last move (Black 127), although Gennan seems calm, however his ears suddenly got red. This is a natural response from human body when one is panic, Black must have played an outstanding move, and White feels very hard to deal with it, so I conclude Black will win the game."
This game is regarded as "famous killing game" by Japanese Go scene, it is team match 1 between the Nihon Kiin and the Kiseisha in 1926 (Shusai represents the Nihon Kiin and Karigane Junichi represents the Kiseisha). In this game, Karigane Junichi took Black without komi, time limit is 16 hours each side, the game was suspended for a total of six times. Shortly after the opening, White managed to kill the whole black group, both sides were involved in an extremely dangerous and fierce battle which directly affected the outcome of the game. At that time, the game had drawn close attention of so many go fans, causing a stir in Japanese Go world.
For the opening stage of this game, Honinbo Shuho once praised: The opening of this game is impressive and magnificent! After his praise, it simply becomes a popular opening later on. And the marvelous move of W130 makes you thumb the table and shout "bravo"! This move makes sacrifice in order to gain, its cleverness is unconventional. Later on, Go pros regard this move together with the clever move of no category (please see Japan Famous Blood Vomiting Game) is different in approach but equally satisfactory in result! It is indeed a hard-to-come-by famous move!
The reason why this game is of historic significance is that for the first time Chen Zude defeated Japanese professional 9 dan player, although this game was played without komi, but this was the first time for him and also the first time in Chinese Go history that a Chinese player ever beat a Japanese 9 dan. Half stone (one point) victory is too insignificant to mention, however this half stone is indeed heavier than a thousand pounds!
This match was sponsored by Yomiuri Newspaper. In the preliminary game, Go Seigen defeated the strong opponents Kitani Minoru 6p and Hashimoto Utaro 5p, thus earned the right to play this memorable game with Honinbo Shusai Meijin who hadn't played any game for almost ten years. This game started in Oct. 1933 and didn't finish until Feb. of next year, during the process the game was adjourned for more than 10 times, and it created a furore in this Newspaper and at that time it was also regarded as the game of the century. In the recent Go world, we never saw a game which had produced such a great impact.
A Game Shocking Japanese Go World: In 1976, "Nie whirlwind" is blowing hard, in his visit to Japan, he defeated strong players such as Fujisawa Hideyuki 9p and Iwata Tatsuaki 9p consecutively, next he was facing a more powerful player Ishida Yoshio 9p. Ishida Yoshio 9p was less than 30, but already had achieved Honinbo title for five times and obtained Honorary Honinbo, he was also the winner of Meijin title.
In 2000, Sakata Eio celebrated his 80 year's birthday and officially announced his retirement. In the press conference, he concluded his 65 year's Go career. The game that gives him the most impression is the game 7 in the 2nd Meijin (old) Title held in Sept. 1963. In the opening, Sakata was falling way behind, in the middle game, players in the study room found W120 - an excellent tesuji, later on Sakata did use this move to turn the game around, obtaining both Meijin and Honinbo titles (there was no Kisei at that time). This move was considered as "an ingenuous move beyond the highest heavens" (Go Seigen's words) and is hard to forget even till today.
This is the most famous game in Japanese Go History, not only because Honinbo Jowa played the three famous moves in this game(W68, W70 and W78 were considered as the clever moves of no category in ancient and modern time), and also because Akaboshi Intetsu vomited blood and died after he lost this match, it is the most saddened tragic in Go history.
This game appears in many Go textbooks, it is a classical and famous game. The attachment of B99 just conforms to the proverb "make a feint to the east and attack in the west".
Female Not as Good as Male? In the game 3 of the Korean 43rd Guksu final, Rui Naiwei 9p taking Black defeated Cho Hunhyun 9p by resignation, won the champion by 2:1 and also becomes the first woman to win an open professional tournament. Rui Naiwei's each victory makes a new record in Go world. Furthermore, Rui Naiwei beat teacher and student Cho Hunhyun and Lee Changho consecutively, this also gives a tremendous confidence to all other Go players.
As for Cho Hunhyun, Yoo Changhyeok is one of his strongest opponents in Korea. Yoo Changhyeok once challenged Cho Hunhyun's Kisung title in best-of-seven series for three consecutive years. These finals established Yoo Changhyeok's position in the Korean Baduk arena, and also further presented Cho Hunyun's sharp and fast-gun style.
Rui Naiwei, as a visitor of Korean Go Association, defeated Lee Changho in the 43rd Guksu challenger final and earned the right to challenge his teacher Cho Hunhyun. After the news came, the whole country was seething with excitement. Just as in the old times Japanese Go players cried out "Beat Go Seigen", this time "Beat Lee Changho" almost becomes the common target of all Chinese Go players. Now a Chinese player, a Chinese female player, beat the mighty "Stone Buddha" in the fierce Go arena, you can imagine what sensation this would cause!
The Famous Move: The final game 1 started to raise the curtain at the foot of Fuji Mountain. In this game, Takemiya Masaki took White, it is a famous game, the knight's move of White 80 was praised by many Go professionals, and Takemiya Masaki beat Cho Chikun by resignation and had a good start in the final. After another four intense games, in the end Takemiya Masaki won the 28th Judan title by 3:2.
Famous Kill: In the 2003 Korean KAT Cup, Park YoungHoon adopted a two-pronged attack very brilliantly and beat 'World #1' Lee Changho by resignation.
100-Point Big Kill: In 1978, Fujisawa Hideyuki, an eccentric and outstanding genius, was driven to a steep cliff after trailing the best-of-7 series by 3:1 in the 2nd Kisei title final. However, in the game 5, he dares to kill two big dragons of 'the butcher' Kato Masao! At that time, Fujisawa was already 53 years old, and the most astonishing to the Go arena is that, after the game, he expressed his opinion: I am deeply distressed as to how the victory and defeat have deviated from its nature, let's compare a Go game to that two players compete for 100 dollars, almost everybody thinks it is OK if you can get 51 dollars. But I think you should get all 100 dollars, and then the victory can be called a true victory. If you can kill and didn't go for the kill, even if you win the game, it can not be called a true victory.
Most Unforgettable Game: In Dec. 1974, Miyamoto Naoki 9p led a delegation to visit China. Being young and inexperienced, Nie Weiping's playing record was not good, before this game, due to psychological reasons, Nie played three games but lost two of them, and in one game he was even defeated by a strong Japanese amateur. In addition, Miyamoto Naoki was too powerful for Chinese Go players at that time, he won all his six games. All teammates recommended Nie Weiping to confront with Miyamoto Naoki next. That was the first time in Nie's career to play with a Japanese 9p, Nie Weiping won the game and then started his brilliant Go career!
The Go Ring Contest among the three countries China, Japan and Korea is a half-fast format game with only one hour each side in the regular time. In this unique tournament, Cho Hunhyun made a great contribution for Korean Team to keep its unbeatable record. This game is the final match to decide whether Korean Team or Japanese Team will win the champion.
Go Seigen: Seeing that I once used the 'inner-turn' in the game between Takagawa Shukaku 9p and me, most players would avoid the 'large avalanche' joseki, however in this final match, Kitani Minoru elected to play this joseki intentionally.