#37 Hermes Go Set


Apparently the famous fashion company Hermes made a roll up go set in the year 2000 (D engraving). The mat is leather and I would guess that the stones are made of wood. There are 180 stones of each color.
Not exactly my cup of tea but just an interesting go sighting for those who deem themselves fashionable and rich.

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#36: Meiji Period Painting of a Game of Go Beneath a Large Calligraphy Scroll


Whenever I look at this painting, I feel a calmness in how they play the game and yet I get a feeling that it’s probably an important game. It reminds me to stay calm and focused on the game no matter how important the game is. I also like the calligraphy scroll in the background. Not sure what it says but the calligraphy is beautiful and elegant. Paintings which have an inner version of painting or calligraphy are always very special in my eyes with their fine details.

The scroll is around 185.5cm x 59.5cm and the painting itself is around 113.5cm x 46.5cm.

I acquired this painting from a Japanese auction and the seller said that the painting seems to be from the Meiji period but has no further info on the painter.

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Honinbo Jowa Complete Games Collection


Title: The Perfected Honinbo Jowa Complete Games Collection
完本本因坊丈和全集 全4巻
Publisher: Seibundo-Shinkosha 誠文堂新光社
Published: 2005 平成17

With 333 games, this set is currently the most complete collection of Honinbo Jowa games available. This set comes inside a thin wooden case. A very rare and expensive collection to obtain. The much easier to obtain Chinese version of Honinbo Jowa’s games only has 274 records.

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Go Sighting #35: Shin-Katsura Dovetail Joint Go Board


I’ve been searching for a great travel go board for a while and most of the available options are not to my taste.

– Folding boards with hinges in the middle seem to stick out slightly at the bottom of an opened board making the board not so flat when you are playing.
– Slotted boards are difficult to find and ones which fit together well seem to be even more difficult to find.
– Regular sized table boards are quite cumbersome if you have to carry it everywhere with you.
– Vinyl roll-up boards and magnetic folding boards are not made of wood.

I wanted an elegant solution and finally found a board with a dovetail joint.

This beauty is made in Japan with shin-katsura (spruce?) and the size at about 42.5cm × 45.5cm × 3cm while the weight is around 3kg. The long dovetail joint slides smoothly as you put together or take apart the two pieces. The fit and finish is quite good with the joint line connecting the two pieces barely noticeable. The black lines forming the go grid have a slightly raised feeling so it should provide some wabi-sabi effect similar to what I talked about in my post on my One-piece Kaya Table Goban. I’ve finally found a travel board which I really like.

I bought mine off a Japanese auction and it seems the board is available made with Hiba wood as well as Shin-Katsura.

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Chi Xiao – Gu Li’s World Title Tournament Battles with Detailed Explanation

Chi Xiao – Gu Li_s World Title Tournament Battles with Detailed Explanation
Title: Chi Xiao – Gu Li’s World Title Tournament Battles with Detailed Explanation
赤霄·古力世界冠军争霸战详解
Author/Editor: Gu Li 古力, Zhang Da Yong 张大勇
Publisher: China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Publishing 中国文联出版社
Published: 2014
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 978-7-5059-8611-4
Publisher Recommended Price: RMB119

Published April 2014, this is the long awaited follow up to Long Yuan – Gu Li vs. Yi Sedol 28 Dogfights with Detailed Explanation. The title of the book, Chi Xiao, refers to another famous ancient sword from Chinese history. Gu Li once again works with Zhang Da Yong (Editor in Chief of Weiqi Tiandi) to explains 28 of his international tournament games with detailed commentaries and 8 other games with short commentaries. The games in this book basically cover the period from 2006 to 2013. Originally Gu Li wanted to release this book right after he won another big international tournament title, but sadly such did not occur and by the end of 2013, Gu Li decided that it was time to publish the book while he makes a new fresh start in 2014. Along with detailed commentaries are many color photos of Gu Li’s life during this period including a picture from his wedding in 2013.

One thing I notice is that some of the games that are played against Lee Sedol here have the exact same commentary as provided in the previous book so I feel somewhat cheated to have paid money for some of the same information. But I guess he needed to do so for readers who only buy one of the two books.

There seems to be a boxed set of of both books but I haven’t seen it available anywhere yet and I probably won’t buy it since I have both books already.

Not sure if he plans to write a book after his ten game match against Lee Sedol, so we can only hope for such a follow up.

List of games in the book
2006
10th LG Cup Final Game 1 第10届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第1局 2006.03.06
10th LG Cup Final Game 2 第10届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第2局 2006.03.08
10th LG Cup Final Game 3 第10届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第3局 2006.04.17
10th LG Cup Final Game 4 第10届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第4局 2006.04.19
10th LG Cup Final Game 5 第10届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第5局 2006.04.21
2007/08
6th Chunlan Cup Final Game 1 第6届春兰杯世界围棋锦标赛決賽三番胜负第1局 2007.03.23
6th Chunlan Cup Final Game 2 第6届春兰杯世界围棋锦标赛決賽三番胜负第2局 2007.03.25
21st Fujitsu Cup Final Game 第21届富士通杯职业围棋锦标赛決賽 2008.07.07
2009
4th Toyota-Denso Cup Final Game 1 第4届丰田杯世界围棋王座战決賽三番胜负第1局 2009.01.06
4th Toyota-Denso Cup Final Game 2 第4届丰田杯世界围棋王座战決賽三番胜负第2局 2009.01.08
13th LG Cup Final Game 1 第13届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第1局 2009.02.23
13th LG Cup Final Game 2 第13届LG盃世界棋王战五番胜负第2局 2009.02.25
1st BCcard Cup Final Game 1 第1届BC信用卡盃決賽五番胜负第1局 2009.05.01
1st BCcard Cup Final Game 2 第1届BC信用卡盃決賽五番胜负第2局 2009.05.02
1st BCcard Cup Final Game 3 第1届BC信用卡盃決賽五番胜负第3局 2009.05.03
1st BCcard Cup Final Game 4 第1届BC信用卡盃決賽五番胜负第4局 2009.05.04
2010/11
15th Samsung Cup Final Game 1 第15届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第1局 2010.12.07
15th Samsung Cup Final Game 2 第15届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第2局 2010.12.09
15th Samsung Cup Final Game 3 第15届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第3局 2010.12.10
3rd BCcard Cup Final Games 1-5 第3届BC信用卡盃決賽五番胜负第1-5局 (short commentaries) 2011.04.23-28
16th Samsung Cup Final Games 1-3 第16届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第1-3局 (short commentaries) 2011.12.05-07
2012
17th Samsung Cup First Preliminary Group Final 第17届三星财产杯32強賽胜者组决胜 2012.09.05
17th Samsung Cup 2nd Preliminary 第17届三星财产杯32強賽胜者组决胜加賽 2012.09.05
17th Samsung Cup Final Game 1 第17届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第1局 2012.12.11
17th Samsung Cup Final Game 2 第17届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第2局 2012.12.12
17th Samsung Cup Final Game 3 第17届三星财产杯決賽三番胜负第3局 2012.12.13
2013
1st Mlily Cup Final Game 1 第1届Mlily梦百合杯决赛決賽五番胜负第1局 2013.11.30
1st Mlily Cup Final Game 2 第1届Mlily梦百合杯决赛決賽五番胜负第2局 2012.12.02
1st Mlily Cup Final Game 3 第1届Mlily梦百合杯决赛決賽五番胜负第3局 2013.12.04
1st Mlily Cup Final Game 4 第1届Mlily梦百合杯决赛決賽五番胜负第4局 2012.12.06

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Yung-an Weiqi Classroom (5 books)

Yung-an Weiqi Classroom
Series: Yung-an Weiqi Classroom 永安圍棋教室
Author/Editor: Chen Yung-an 陳永安

Title: Amateur Players Games with Detailed Commentary
業餘棋友對局細解
Publisher: Mercury Publishing House 世界文物出版社
Published: 1988
ISBN: N/A
Format: softcover
Publisher Recommended Price: NTD130
The author provides detail commentary on 16 games played by amateurs who are between 1D-3D. The author hopes that through these commentaries, players will be able to understand the mistakes and misconceptions commonly encountered by amateurs at such levels.

Title: Knowledge Necessary for Advancement to Dan Level
晉段須知
Publisher: Mercury Publishing House 世界文物出版社
Published: 1988
ISBN: 957-561-197-7
Format: softcover
Publisher Recommended Price: NTD130
Part 1 Fuseki 佈局
Ch 1 Joseki 定石
Ch 2 20 Principles of Fuseki 佈局心得20條
Ch 3 50 Basic Joseki 50基本定石
Ch 4 Analysis of Fuseki in Actual Game Situations 實戰佈局解析
Ch 5 How Fuseki Evolves from Ancient to Modern Times 古今佈局的演變
Part 2 Middlegame 中盤
Ch 1 Research on Invasion 打入的研究
Ch 2 Research on Attacking 攻擊的研究
Ch 3 Tesuji and Crude lines of play 手筋與俗筋
Ch 4 L&D in the corners 角上的死活
Part 3 Endgame 官子
Ch 1 The Value of Endgame Plays 官子的大小
Ch 2 The Order of Endgame Plays 官子的先後
Ch 3 Analysis of Endgame Play in Actual Game Situations 實戰官子解析
Ch 4 Positional Judgement 形勢判斷

Title: Techniques for Invasion and Their Pros and Cons
打入的手段與得失
Publisher: Mercury Publishing House 世界文物出版社
Published: 1988
ISBN: 957-561-198-5
Format: softcover
Publisher Recommended Price: NTD130
Part One Foundations 基礎篇
Ch 1 Attacking the 3-4 5-4 Enclosure 一間高締的攻防
Ch 2 Attacking the 3-4 5-3 Enclosure 小馬步締的攻防
Ch 3 Attacking the 3-4 6-3 Enclosure 大馬步締的攻防
Ch 4 Invading Other Types of Enclosures 特殊締角的侵入
Part 2 Usage 活用篇
Ch 1 Attacking Enclosures in Actual Game Situations 實戰締角的攻法
Ch 2 Invasion Common Knowledge 打入的常識
Ch 3 Invasion in Actual Game Situations 實戰的打入

Title: Thinking About and Using Tesuji
手筋的思考與運用
Publisher: 棋道文化事業
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-957-30711-9-8
Format: softcover
Publisher Recommended Price: Not For Sale 非賣品
Ch 1 Method for Thinking About Tesuji 手筋的思考方式
Ch 2 Tesuji in Joseki 定石裏的手筋
Ch 3 Ancient and Modern Weiqi Masterpieces 古今圍棋名著
Ch 4 Tesuji in Actual Game Situations 實戰手筋
Ch 5 Cheerful Probing 快樂的問應手

Title: Techniques of Ko
打劫的技巧
Publisher: 棋道文化事業
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-986-89497-0-6
Format: softcover
Publisher Recommended Price: Not For Sale 非賣品
Ch 1 Basic Knowledge of Ko 打劫的基本常識
Ch 2 Techniques of Ko 打劫的技巧
Ch 3 Before a Ko, First Calculate and Prepare the Ko Threats of Both Sides 打劫前先算準雙方劫材
Ch 4 Ko Fight in Actual Game Situations 實戰劫爭

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As far as I know, the last two books in this series seem to be privately published by the author and are not available for sale anywhere online or via any regular retail channels. I had to ask a good friend in Taiwan to try to find them for me. It took a while but I was finally able to get a copy of each of these two books.

Thank you very much, you know who you are 🙂

For those who are looking for their own copies of the last two books, I can only wish you good luck because my friend won’t be able to find any more copies of these books. Already used up all the favors.

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Learn Ko Fight from Actual Games of Cho U

Learn Ko Fight from Actual Games of Cho U
Title: Learn Ko Fight from Actual Games of Cho U
從張栩的實戰中學習劫爭
Author/Editor: Cho U 張栩
Publisher: Mercury Publishing House 世界文物出版社
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9789575613556
Format: softcover
Publisher Recommended Price: NTD260

Foreword 前言
Ch 1 Ko in the Opening 序盤的劫 (12 problems)
Ch 2 Ko in the Middlegame 中盤的劫 (13 problems)
Ch 3 Ko in the Endgame 終盤的劫 (6 problems)
Ch 4 Special Ko 特別的劫 (2 problems)
Ch 5 Commented Game Records 總譜解說 (27 game records)
Postscript 後記

Published in Taiwan in Aug 2013, this is a traditional Chinese translation of the Japanese version 張栩の実戦に学ぶ コウの考え方 全27局徹底解説 which came out in 2010.

If you ever want to become good at go, you need to learn how to ko fight. Read this book and learn how to think about and deal with ko fights as you explore how Cho U approaches this subject in his games. The problems in the book are based on positions from the 27 games listed in Chapter 5 of the book so you get a deeper insight as to how he thought about the situations when he faced them.

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