A Tribute to Hon'inbō Shūsaku
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"It is not an exaggeration to say that all the principles and all the techniques of go are embodied in concentrated form in Shusaku's go." — Segoe Kensaku 9-dan

Considered the greatest Go player of the mid-to-late 19th century, Kuwabara Torajiro or Honinbo Shusaku was one of only 3 professional go players to be given the title of "Go Sage" (Kisei). His playing ability was so strong, that he was given the nickname "Invincible Shusaku" after winning an amazing 19 straight games!

His life was cut short at a very young age, but his playing ability as well as his games are admired and discussed by amateurs and professionals alike to this day.

Below is a brief timeline of his professional career as well as his life. If you would like to learn more about Honinbo Shusaku, visit Here or Here, enjoy!

  • Born: June 6, 1829 Innoshima, Japan
  • 1835 - Declared a Go prodigy at the age of six
  • 1837 - Became a student of the Honinbo House
  • 1839 - Awarded professional 1-dan diploma at the age of 10
  • 1841 - Promoted to 2-dan and given the name 'Shusaku'
  • 1846 - The famous "Ear-reddenging game" was played between Shusaku and Gennan Insaki
  • 1848 - Became heir to the Honinbo house and promoted to 6-dan at the age of 19
  • 1849 - Began taking part in the Castle Games1853 - Played a famous sanjubango (30 game series) against Oya Yuzo
  • 1862 - A cholera epidemic swept through Japan. Shusaku tended to victims of the Honinbo house, and fell ill himself
  • Died: September 3, 1862 at the age of 33
  • 1951 - Ascension to Go Sage
  • Other Notable's:

  • Shusaku Opening - A specific series of moves at the start of a Go game
  • Shusaku was used as a medium in the manga and anime "Hikaru No Go"
  • 2014 - Google created a Doodle commemorating Shusaku's birthday