Yasunaga Hajime

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安永 一 (1901-1994) Go writer, very strong amateur player.

Although he continued as an amateur, his status was of a professional who didn't claim the title. When he was granted an 8 dan diploma, Go Seigen quipped that it was unclear whether he was an 8 dan amateur or 8 dan professional ([ext] source: John Fairbairn). He played in the World Amateur Go Championship at age 78 as an appointed representative.

He trained many future professionals.

He was responsible for the name "Shin Fuseki". See Yasunaga's brilliant theory and his book Shin Fuseki-Ho.

Famous for being able to give more handicap stones to amateurs than professionals with a formally higher rank. (source: Go World, issue 13) tderz

Yasunaga's Pupils

(Source: Kido Yearbook 1996)

Yasunaga Hajime last edited by hnishy on July 14, 2018 - 17:44
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