Kitani Minoru

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Kitani Minoru

Kitani Minoru (木谷実, 25 January 1909 - December 1975) was a professional Japanese Go player. Kitani had reached the rank of 9-dan. Kitani was a student of Suzuki Tamejiro. Teacher of famous Japanese professionals including: Ishida Yoshio, Kato Masao, Takemiya Masaki and many others (see Kitani Dojo).

In 1934, Kitani won 10 straight best of three matches against other top players in a win and continue tournament run by Yomiuri. His opponents were all top players, including Go Seigen, and the matches were ended when the supply of opponents was exhausted.[ext] http://www.msoworld.com/mindzine/news/orient/go/history/newspaper.html#kitani

In 2010 nominated to the Nihon KiIn Hall Of Fame.

His daughter, Kitani Reiko, was a pro player. His wife, Kitani Miharu, wrote a book about the Kitani Dojo.

There is a [ext] more extensive biography at Jan van der Steen's website.

Also try a [ext] search at MSO site.

Kitani made three major contributions to the Go:

  1. innovator in fuseki (as one of the pioneers of the New Fuseki Era) and joseki
  2. creator of numerous joseki (see Kitani Joseki)
  3. mentor of many top level professionals from Japan and Korea (Kitani dojo).

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Kitani Minoru last edited by 71.1.31.214 on November 24, 2010 - 03:09
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