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Ogawa Doteki (道的 1669-1690) was a pupil of, and heir to, Honinbo Dosaku. Due to his quick growth in go strength, young age, and untimely death he has been considered one of go's great lost prodigies.

As soon as age thirteen he acquired the status of 6-dan. By fifteen (1684) he became heir to the Honinbo house, next year began playing in the Castle Games, followed by promotion to 7-dan, awarded a ten-fold monetary allotment from the government, and playing strongly against Honinbo Dosaku in even games.

Ohira Shuzo says of Doteki in his book Appreciating Famous Games:

"Doteki's skill was almost equal to that of the Meijin and one day he played two games against Dosaku simply taking Black. He won both by 1 point."

In an interview, Go Seigen said that he was the greatest genius in the history of the game. ([ext] British Go Journal)

Castle Games

  • 1684-12-16 Yasui Shunchi - Honinbo Doteki, B+7
  • 1685-11-30 Honinbo Doteki - Yasui Shunchi, W+3
  • 1686-12-19 Honinbo Doteki - Yasui Shunchi, B+5
  • 1688-12-12 Yasui Chitetsu - Honinbo Doteki, B+12
  • 1689-12-19 Honinbo Doteki - Yasui Chitetsu, W+17

valerio: the first name is the player playing White. The 1687 game is missing [ext] Italian blog or Chinese [ext] Wikipedia


A game of his against Honinbo Dosaku is covered in the book Appreciating Famous Games.

Some games of his can be found here (Castle Games & matches w/Dosaku and Dosetsu): [ext]

Doteki last edited by on June 12, 2014 - 17:46
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