The 1971 Honinbo Tournament

The 1971 Honinbo Tournament
By: Iwamoto Kaoru
Publisher: Ishi Press, June 1972
ISBN10 4-878187-006-5
203 pp.

The book, The 1971 Honinbo Tournament was published in 1972 by Ishi Press, around the height of Fischer-Spassky (chess players) fever. It tells how Ishida Yoshio, aged 22, entered the Honinbo League for the first time, won it, and went on to beat the established Honinbo, Rin Kaiho, in the title match.

The book contains very detailed game commentaries in English. Each of Ishida's games from the league and the title match is covered. The commentary was written by James Davies, from material supplied by Iwamoto Kaoru and his pupils Magari Reiki, Fukui Masaaki and Noguchi Hitoshi.

A second edition was published in 1999 by Kiseido, with some revision of the text by Richard Bozulich.

Game database references.

See also 1971 Honinbo Ch 8 and BQM 264.


David Carlton's [ext] review.
Ivo Schuurink's [ext] review.
crux's review.

Pasky: I think this is the best Go book I've read so far (or on the top with Making Good Shape); the depth of commentaries is awesome, especially since I have found them easy and fun to read at the same time and didn't keep dozing off. ;-) And if you want to take a peek at all the considerations professional players have to make during the game, this is the book. This all despite the "cheap" and ordinary look of the book, this is truly a hidden gem.

My question is - can anyone please recommend similar books to check out? I'd be really very interested in more books like this, packed with detailed commentaries of interesting pro games.

Velobici: Invincible, Go World (magazine) and Go on Go?.

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The 1971 Honinbo Tournament last edited by tapir on April 26, 2013 - 01:30
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