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The Greatest Games Ever Played 05 – The Atomic Bomb Game

Hashimoto Utaro vs Iwamoto Kaoru – Aug 4, 1945~Aug 6, 1945

Back-story:
In May, 1945, when Tokyo was bombed by US planes, the Nihon Ki-in burned down. Many matches were canceled, but because some go players’ unremitting efforts, some matches were still held. 

In those days, the most important match was the Honinbo title match. On August 4th, the 3rd Honinbo title match was underway. The holder was Hashimoto Utaro, the challenger was Iwamoto Kaoru and the referee was Segoe Kensaku. Because the Nihon Ki-in was destroyed, the game had to be played elsewhere. Some friends provided a location for the match in Hiroshima City. During the match, an atomic bomb was dropped, interrupting the game on its third day. So, this game was well known as the famous “Atomic Bomb Game”.

Before the match, US spy planes were flying unceasingly over the city. The police chief of Hiroshima had a foreboding that something would happen. He insisted that the go players must not play in the city. But the players were persistent…

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The Greatest Games Ever Played 06 – The Cosmic Style

Rin Kaiho vs Takemiya Masaki – May 1, 1980

Back-story:
Takemiya masaki, famous for his cosmic style, enjoys great popularity among amateur players. I think I don’t need to introduce him anymore. 

Rin kaiho was born in China. But he is a nihon ki-in affiliated professional player. Rin kaiho is his Japanese name. His Chinese name is Lin Haifeng…

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The Greatest Games Ever Played 07 – The New Fuseki

Kitani Minoru vs Go Seigen – May 8, 1934~June 1, 1934

Back-story:
In the year 1933, Kitani Minoru and Go Seigen was playing Jubango(ten-game match), and the kifu was published in the Current Affairs Newspaper. During the game, Kitani Minoru reached 6-dan. According to the rule at that time, they could not play even game, so the Jubango stopped, and the result was 3-3. 

But the readers enjoyed their game very much, because these two players were the strongest young players at that time. So the readers donated some money as the reward, let Current Affairs Newspaper hold another three-game match for them. The readers offered a reward for a match, that’s an interesting story.

This game was played in 1943. At the beginning of that year, Kitani Minoru, Go Seigen, and Yasunaga Hajime published a book called <Go revolution-New Fuseki>. The book caused a sensation and sold nearly 100 thousand copies…

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The Greatest Games Ever Played 08 – Three Nose Tesuji

Choi Cheolhan vs Chang Hao – Dec 28, 2004

Back-story:
For a long period, Changhao 9-was China’s No.1 player, but unfortunately he was not a world champion before the year 2005, though he has got 6 second place in the world tournaments. 

In 2005, Choi Cheol-han was just in form. He had 3 Korea titles at the same time: Kisei, Tengen, and Guoshou. And he defeated Lee Chang-ho 9-dan twice in the five-game match.

The two players met in the 5th Ing’s Cup final…

Game Record:


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The Greatest Games Ever Played 09 – Blood and Tears

Huanglongshi vs Xu Xingyou (Three-Stone Handicap Game)- Around 1700

Back-story:
Around the year 1700, Huang Longshi and Xu Xingyou played a ten-game-match. Xu Xingyou, Huang’s disciple, Guo Shou(national champion, literally “nation’s hand”) of the following age, was also a top player. But because he was a disciple of Huang, Huang had to give him three handicap stones, so it was extremely difficult for Huang to win. He had to make painstaking efforts to play the games, and that made him so exhausted. Just a few days after the match, Huang Longshi passed away. So this ten-game-match was called “the chapter of blood and tears”. It was considered the masterpiece of Huang’s life…
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21 Responses to “ The Greatest Games Ever Played 05-09 ”

  1. Great Stuff! says:

    Do you have sample screenshots to show the quality of your DVD?

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    countsheep Reply:

    The screenshots above are captured from the DVD.

    The quality is better than the online video. The resolution is 720×576(online video is 640×480), and the bit rate is higher.

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  2. Ethan says:

    For the direct download, I notice “you must have a Windows PC to run the self-extracting file.” Almost always, if it’s just a zip file that has been made self-extracting, Wine will work for Linux or Mac to run it.

    But is it necessary? Can you just send the zip file itself and then not have to limit your potential audience this way? In the West, many go players are computer professionals, and a large minority (I, for one) don’t actually have Windows computers, preferring Linux or Mac.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Thanks for your advice. I am going to make a change.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Now the zip file can be downloaded directly, no windows pc required 🙂

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    Ethan Reply:

    Thanks! I’m ordering it right now. 🙂

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    hasen Reply:

    The self-extracting exe is already compatible with Linux (the default archiver in Ubuntu is able to extract it no problem, as if it was just another zip file (at least it worked that way for me))

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  3. Adrian Ghioc says:

    FYI, the Atomic Bomb Game was a NO KOMI game. Anyway, the komi of 5.5 (instead of 4.5) was introduced about 10 years after this game.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Yes you are right 🙂
    Thanks.

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  4. ryuujinsan says:

    Would like to have direct download of 1-9. Is it possible?

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    countsheep Reply:

    Sorry, only 5-9 are downloadable.

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  5. ryuujin says:

    P.S.

    Thank you for all your hard work. Always great to see Go Commentaries show up in my inbox!

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  6. Alex says:

    I just finished watching “the atomic bomb game”, and your analysis is simply fantastic!!

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  7. Edmund says:

    watched two of them, really awesome. they are extremely helpful.

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  8. Gabriel Andrei says:

    Thank you very much, your commentaries helped me to see the spiritual and emotional side of Weiqi.

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  9. hasen says:

    Great work as always!

    The introduction to the atomic bomb game was fantastic, I was moved deeply by the dedication of these players.

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  10. Лёв says:

    Beautiful games, definitely buy it!
    Please keep up the good work!!

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  11. Stijn Peeters says:

    Great commentary and wonderful games! Definately worth buying!
    I looked at the three stone handicap game of Huang Longshi and I wanted to search for more games of him (especially the other 9 games of the ‘chapter of blood and tears’, but I can’t seem to find them. Do you know where I could find them?

    Please continue making these excellent videos!

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    countsheep Reply:

    I uploaded them to my server.
    http://www.gocommentary.com/kifu/chapter-of-blood-and-tears.zip

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  12. goBum says:

    Hi – I just purchased a direct download for Episode 05-09. I enjoyed the free videos and the commentaries. I’m excited to watch the rest of the series. Hope to hear from you soon and Happy New Year!

    Go Player from Philippines

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    Paul John B. Galera Reply:

    Hi! I’m from the philippines too. However, I am solely playing Go against computer (smartGo, GO++), I’d love it if we can play and learn together.
    send me an email.. ~pj.galera@hotmail.com

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