The depth of the analysis (which makes it comprehensible even to a hopeless player like me), the quality of the players involved and, why not, the suspence James Davies has managed to put in the tale makes it one of the greatest ever go books in English (my VVHO).
At the end, Black is leading due to a mistake by Ishida in the early yose (at move 132).
After Black's 185 () the biggest yose is of course in the LR corner, where White can choose between what looks to me like a two-point sente at a or a five-point gote at b (Black cannot intercept, else he would face a ko against the five that would cost him the game).
Now Davies says that Ishida had seen
that even if he played there he would lose the game, perhaps by 3.5 points,
leaving the reader to verify such a statement.
I have tried both plays, a and b, but couldn't manage to contain White's loss to less than 8 points. Weeeellll, Ishida is sure much more than five points stronger than me . . . ;-)
What happened in the real game?
Seeing that he could not win, Ishida played 186 at : he expected Rin to play at to clinch the game, intending to resign after such a play.
Instead, Rin played and (coyly, says Davies, waiting to see what device Ishida would try in the lower right corner . . . cool, eh?).
Ishida therefore played himself, cut at , and then ataried at (I personally would think that he knew this didn't work).
If now Rin connected at , a terrible ko would happen, so he calmly played at a, unconditionally capturing and . Ishida could finally resign.
Just for history's sake, Ishida won the title 4-2 and became the youngest Honinbo ever, at 22. I'm not sure, but I think this record still holds, Cho U being just a few weeks older when he won the Honinbo from Kato last year. Incidentally, Cho U is a pupil of Rin . . .
 Not a six-point gote?
 Before or after komi?
 . . . and - for those not wanting to count all stones on the board - three black and six white stones are in the lids. ;-)
Question n. 3
. . . and - for those not wanting to count all stones on the board - three black and six white stones are in the lids. ;-)
Wow, that's correct! Did you painstakingly count all the stones to guess how many were exchanged in the ko that gave birth to the lumpy five's (the ), or you just have the book? ;-)
Question n. 2
Before or after komi?
Robert Pauli: Tough luck, then it doesn't count. ;-)
And now the most difficult, Question n. 1
Not a six-point gote?
At first sight I too counted the gote play as a 6-points one. In fact locally it is 6 points better for White with respect to the sequence where Black goes first. But if Black goes first he will do so in gote, and White has an annoying kikashi that forces Black to play twice inside his territory due to the damezumari of his lumpy five... IOW if Black goes first in the particular position of this game his territory is not as big as it looks. Let's see:
After Black goes first in the corner White plays and Black has to answer at : then when White will play his privilege at a and b Black has to capture at c and d; result: if you assume W y and B z the black territory is 13 points.
After White a and b Black will have to play only c: the black territory is now 9 points and White has gained 1 point at w, for a net result of 5 points.
Again, Black will have to play only c: the black territory is now 12 points and White has gained 1 point at w, for a net result of 2 points.
Robert Pauli: Many thanks, I see. In both cases, when White goes first, White gives Black one teire for free, reducing "normal" figures by one. (BTW, there's not need for %%% before an empty line.)