The Treasure Chest Enigma
The Treasure Chest Enigma is a collection of essays and ladder problems by Nakayama Noriyuki published by the author in 1984 and, at one time, distributed by Ishi Press. A beautiful hardcover volume of 191 pages with dust jacket and frontispiece photographs.
RafaelCaetano: There are some brief comments about this book in other SL pages, but no comments here... Well, I've just got a copy in a used bookstore. It's a delightful read!
You won't get stronger reading it, but who cares? If you're an addicted go player, this book is a must. Unfortunately the essays section is too short.
I was surprised with the informal, irreverent writing style of Nakayama. Are there other Japanese go writers (pro or not) who write like that?
Can someone tell us about "Tales of a man crazy about go" by the same author?
BobMcGuigan: The essays in Treasure Chest were translated from a collection titled Jitsuroku Igo Kodan. Gokyo Monogatari (Tales of a man crazy about go) is a similar collection of essays that were originally published in Igo Club magazine. A few of them were translated and published in Go World issue number 50. Mr.Nakayama has just published a two volume work Showa Igo Fu-un Roku (Record of the winds of change in Showa era Go), a sort of personal history of go during the reign of Emperor Hirohito including many anecdotes.
Part One: Essays
- The Treasure Chest Enigma
- Strange Laughter at Midnight
- Memories of Kitani
- The Clam Shells are Heavy
- The New Year's Eve Disciple
- The Art of Resigning
- The Second Drama
Part Two: Game Commentaries
- The Ladder Mimic Game
- Fujisawa Shuko v. Sakata
- Kajiwara v. Cho Chikun
Part Three: Problems
- Problems 1 - 20
Glossary of Japanese Go Terms
Biographical Details of Go Players
Book in Japanese by Nakayama Noriyuki
 Bob McGuigan: The second edition differs slightly from the first. The essays and game commentaries are unchanged but some of the ladder problems have been replaced with new ones.
 The German edition is based on the second edition of the English version.