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Honinbo Shusai (本因坊秀哉 Hon’inbō; Shūsai, Tamura Hoju, Tamura Yasuhisa (田村 保寿), 1874 – 18 January 1940) was a Japanese professional go player.

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The infamous [myoshu]

Honinbo Shusai was the 21st and last hereditary head of the Honinbo house, and 10th and last historic Meijin. He played a role in founding the Nihon Kiin, turned the hereditary Honinbo title over to the Nihon Kiin to be used as a tournament title, and was a student of Honinbo Shuei.

Prior to becoming the 21st head of the Honinbo house (1908), Honinbo Shusai was known as Tamura Yasuhisa. This was the name that appeared on his kifu when he was still a pupil of Honinbo Shuei.

Shusai’s 1938 retirement game against Kitani Minoru was the subject of Kawabata Yasunari’s famous novel The Master of Go.

An infamous play

Shusai played a famous game with Go Seigen in which there was a lot of controversy surrounding multiple adjournments during the game. Maeda Nobuaki is supposed to have been the one to find W1 in the following diagram. There was, of course, a lot of controversy surrounding this accusation. Anyway, the fact that such a winning move existed on the board means that White had outplayed Black and more than nullified the first move advantage by move 160 in this no-komi game.

The infamous myoshu  



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Shusai last edited by Dieter on March 16, 2023 - 15:07
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