A teaching game is a game in which the stronger player teaches the weaker player. Usually their relationship is one of teacher (sensei) and pupil (deshi). The game can be played with full, reduced, or no handicap. The pupil may or may not retake his move. The teacher may or may not give hints as to where to play. The teacher will usually play so as to create instructive situations on the board. The game may or may not be terminated before it is completed.
A teaching game is considered to be a generosity on the part of the teacher. Honinbo Jowa only played Shusaku twice. Currently, like many things of honour, a teaching game is measured in money. Online teaching games are available: see teacher.
In the 80's a teaching game with a 9p (one on one) at the Yaesu branch of the Nihon Kiin (next to Tokyo Station) cost 10,000 or 11,000 yen which was less than 100 USD. A much more normal experience is playing a lower or middle rank pro in a club. He or she will be playing 3 or 4 games simultaneously and the cost will be around 2500 to 4500 JPYen depending on their rank and the arrangement with the club.
Some teaching games played on Sensei's Library are here:
- TeachingGame67 -- JoeSeki against AvatarDJFlux.
- TeachingGame22 -- 4 stone handicap between Scartol and JamesA.
- TeachingGame44 -- here you can watch Scartol vs Holigor.
- TeachingGame66 -- Ben Shoemaker against AvatarDJFlux.
- TeachingGame53 -- Mat gets two stones and 50.5 komi against Dave Sigaty.
- TeachingGame361 -- ChessWhiz has won using 9 stones and 30.5 komi against dnerra.
- Blue Wyverns/Research Games