Segoe Kensaku

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Chinese: 濑越宪作 (Liyu Xinzu)
Japanese: 瀬越憲作
Korean: 세고에 켄사쿠

Segoe Kensaku (瀬越憲作, 1889-1972) was a professional go player, first at Hoensha, Hiseikai, then in the Nihon Ki-in.[1] He achieved 8-dan in 1942 and honorary 9-dan later. He was the teacher of Go Seigen, Hashimoto Utaro and Cho Hun-hyeon. He helped publish more than 100 books in his lifetime, including Tesuji Dictionary and Go Proverbs Illustrated.

He became a professional at the age of 20, and was immediately promoted to 3 dan, on the basis of a 4-2 victory against Suzuki Tamejiro receiving sen-ai-sen handicap. Prior to this point, he had met some professionals, but never had a teacher (Fairbairn, The Go Consultants, p. 75).

Segoe was the official referee for the atomic bomb game.

Segoe commited suicide in July 1972 (by strangling himself with his two hands (Cho Hunhyun, Go with the flow, p 179)), possibly influenced by Kawabata Yasunari's suicide in April.

In 2009, Segoe was inducted into the Nihon Ki-in Hall of Fame.


Segoe's Pupils

Further Reading


[1] Segoshi Kensaku (an alias for this page) is an alternate reading of Segoe Kensaku. It is considered incorrect by John Fairbairn. However, it appears in some Japanese and English sources. JohnFIt is also considered incorrect by Segoe Kensaku! See Eminence Grise: the Life and Times of Segoe Kensaku, available on Amazon.

Segoe Kensaku last edited by on April 29, 2024 - 16:29
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