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The 22nd game was played in Ota’s house, which was different than the others, considering they were played in more neutral venues.

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The series had begun inwhen Ota was 46 and a 7 dan, while Shusaku was 24 years old honinho a 6 dan. Ina cholera epidemic broke out in Edo, and several disciples of the Honinbo house caught the disease. Shusaku had many problems with Ota, and only in managed to reach tagaisen against him. After a new opening strategy and several exquisitely timed moves Shusaku comes out ahead. Up toShusaku’s solid style has slowly removed Black’s chances of catching up.

He himself would probably love to play like Jowa. Lord Asano, the daimyo of the region, heard of the child’s qualities. In the books Ishigaya gave positive accounts of Shusaku’s character and started using the term Go Sage when referring to him.

He was nicknamed Invincible Shusaku because of his castle games performance. But they are about human attributes, not go.

Hon’inbō Shūsaku

They continued with three more games, of which one was left unfinished and the other two were also won by Shusaku. The games were played once a week, faster than a typical game match. Only after games, and winning every game as Black except game 6 of match which Yuzo managed to make jigohe forced Ota to a senaisen handicap.

In the years that followed, shsaku the dismay of all go players, it happened in more than one year that the castle games were not held. Arriving back in Edo in SeptemberShusaku was given the name ‘Shusaku’ and promoted to 2-dan. Shusaku did not play many games in these years, but one important match was a jubango against Murase Shuhowho was intended to become Shusaku’s heir. Ina group of players gathered in a mansion in Edo.


In and ’43, he was promoted to 3- and 4-dan respectively and started using the Shusaku-style opening. Although Jowa’s shusakku strength could hold up, his character could not. I would guess that the parents of any budding professional would love him to grow up like Shusaku, a perfect filial son and pupil.

This notion carried through into the go world as well.

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Out of respect for his teacher, Shusaku refused to play with white against his teacher thus there is no clear gauge of the difference in strength between them.

Ota was behind by 4 games after the 17th game. Oshiro Gofu was published reappraisal of Shusaku and Jowa could already be seen, particularly in the strong opinions honknbo one editor, Segoe Kensaku. In the first game of this encounter, Shusaku took two honunbo. But he refused, because of his obligations towards Lord Asano and his own family. A new game was started with Shusaku just playing black, the ear-reddening game.

In JanuaryIto Showaone of the strongest players of the day, visited Innoshima, and played a game with Shusaku. However, Shusaku proved the stronger player and continued to grow during the match. Inhoninbi left for another stay at Innoshima, this time staying for eighteen months. Edit page Discuss page 3.

The seeds of Shusaku’s ascension to Go Sage were first sown by Shusaku enthusiast Ishigaya Kosaku with the publication of Kogyoku YoinShusaku Koketsu Kifuand erection of a large, memorial gravestone. He was so impressed with the boy’s ability that he invited him to become a pupil of the Honinbo house in Edo. But Shusaku’s playing strength and character, under the auspices of Ishigaya’s glowing accounts and Segoe’s opinions, could.

It was thought as a great achievement, having a tie after taking white, so much that it was used, along with Shusaku’s calling up for the castle games, as an excuse to adjourn the match. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 22 Juneat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The result was a two-point win by Shusaku, despite an early game mistake in a new variant of the taisha joseki. In the meantime, Shusaku and Shuwa played a famous series of games in October to September Returning to Edo, Shusaku not only got promoted to 5 dan, but he was also made the official heir of Honinbo Shuwawho was to become the head of the Honinbo house.


In Shusaku left Edo and returned to his home for a period of over a year. This was actually a great honor, because Gennan was indicating that Shusaku’s strength was much greater than his rank indicated. The following stats are from the remaining games where the results were clear. The stories of Jowa’s deviousness and Shusaku’s filial piety have been replayed many times both as fact and as popular fiction.

Although Shusaku was regarded by most players the second strongest player of the day, next to Shuwa, Ota was not so sure. Move tips the balance, occupying the central point for the attack and defence of the bottom groups, expanding Black’s moyo on top, limiting White’s influence on the right, and providing aji to reduce White’s territory on the left.

In Julyduring his travel back to Edo, Shusaku met Gennan Insekiwho is said to have been of Meijin strength, but had the bad luck of living in a time when there were several other extremely strong players, especially Honinbo Shuwa. Shusaku last edited by Honinbo Shusaku v Ota Yuzo,game match, Game They were discussing Shusaku, to the point where they had come to the idea that Shusaku was the strongest player of the time, but Ota did not agree.