Top 50 Beautiful Professional Moves (1628 – 1849)

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The whole period of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan, from 1603 to 1868, brought to an end by the Meiji restoration, is often called the ‘Edo period‘ for convenience; the traditional Japanese method of division into era names is less useful for generalisation. The period spans the time from the first Honinbo Sansa to Shuwa and Shusaku. (source Sensei Library).

While going over a lot of games, searching for special moves, I noticed that there are plenty of moves, which if they were played nowadays, people would say “look at this, AI-like move!”, however, such moves were already played long time ago.

This article can hardly show you which move was the most beautiful, because it simply depends on too many things, however, to the people who know that Go is much more than a game, to those of you who know what the Art of Go is, these 50 examples will indeed excite you !

I did not include explanations on the moves, so if you have a hard time understanding the meaning of some moves, do not hurry to search for the professional game record, take your time and train your reading skills.

There are many other moves which I probably missed or did not see. Comment and show to other readers, wonderful examples of Edo period professional games!

The rules of go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play go. 
– Edward Lasker

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#1 Yasui Santetsu 7p – Nakamura Doseki 9p – 1628

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#2 Yasui Chitetsu 7p – Honinbo Dosaku 1p – 1670

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#3 Yasui Senkaku 7p – Inoue Dosetsu Inseki 8p – 1674

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#4 Yasui Senkaku 7p – Honinbo Dosaku 1p – 1696

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#5 Yasui Senkaku 7p – Inoue Dosetsu Inseki 8p – 1698

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#6 Honinbo Dochi 6p – Yasui Senkaku 7p – 1706 (Famous)

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#7 Fan Xiping 1p – Shi Dingan 1p – 1739

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#8 Honinbo Hakugen 6p – Inoue Shunseki Inseki 7p – 1752

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#9 Lord Sakai of Ishimi 1p – Inoue Shuntatsu Inseki 8p – 1768

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#10 Suzuki Gennojo 1p – Wakayama Ritcho 1p – 1776

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#11 Inoue Genan Inseki 6p – Honinbo Jowa 6p –  Unknown Date (1812?)

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#12 Inoue Genan Inseki 6p – Honinbo Jowa 6p – 1812

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#13 Saito Jotei 1p – Honinbo Jowa 6p – 1813

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#14 Hattori Rittetsu 1p – Kadono Jowa 4p – 1813 

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#15 Mizutani Takugen 3p – Honinbo Genjo 6p – 1814

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#16 Hattori Rittetsu 1p – Kadono Jowa 4p – 1815

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#17 Hattori Rittetsu 1p – Kadono Jowa 4p – 1818

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#18 Honinbo Jowa 6p – Yasui Chitoku 8p – 1820

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#19 Shinomiya Yonezo 4p – Honinbo Jowa 6p – 1821

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#20 Inoue Ansetsu 5p – Hattori Inshuku 7p – 1823

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#21 Ito Matsujiro 3p – Honinbo Jowa 6p – 1824

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#22 Inoue Genan Inseki 6p – Honinbo Genjo 8p – 1825

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#23 Inoue Genan Inseki 6p – Yasui Chitoku 7p – 1826

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#24 Hayashi Hakuei 7p – Yasui Chitoku 7p – 1831

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#25 Yasui Shuntetsu 6p – Hayashi Genbi 6p – 1834

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#26 Akaboshi Intetsu 7p – Honinbo Jowa 9p – 1835 (Famous)

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#27 Honinbo Shuwa 4p – Hiki Genjiro 3p – 1835

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#28 Honinbo Shuwa 4p – Yasui Sanchi 6p – 1836

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#29 Mizutani Takuren 6p – Yasui Shuntetsu 6p – 1836

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#30 Hayashi Hakuei 7p – Honinbo Josaku 7p – 1837

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#31 Honinbo Shuwa 5p – Yasui Sanchi 6p – 1837

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#32 Honinbo Josaku 7p – Hayashi Genbi 6p – 1839

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#33 Ota Yuzo 6p – Tsuchiya Shuwa 6p – 1839

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#34 Tsuchiya Shuwa 6p – Inoue Genan Inseki 8p – 1839

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#35 Honinbo Josaku 7p – Sakaguchi Sentoku II 7p – 1842

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#36 Honinbo Shuwa 7p – Ota Yuzo 6p – 1843 – Steal the corner

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#37 Kadono Chuzaemon 5p – Honinbo Shuwa 7p – 1843 – Sneaky

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#38 Ota Yuzo 6p – Honinbo Shuwa 7p – 1844

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#39 Hayashi Hakuei 7p – Sakaguchi Sentoku II 7p – 1844

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#40 Kozu Hakuta 1p – Honinbo Jowa 9p – 1845 – Mindblowing

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#41 Ito Showa 6p – Honinbo Shuwa 7p – 1845 – Totally unbelievable

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#42 Kawakita Konosuke 5p – Honinbo Shuwa 7p – 1845 – Classic

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#43 Honinbo Josaku 7p – Hayashi Hakuei 7p – 1845

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#44 Honinbo Shuwa 7p – Sakaguchi Sentoku 7p – 1846

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#45 Inoue Shutetsu 6p – Yasui Sanchi 7p – 1847

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#46 Yasuda Shusaku 5p – Yasui Sanchi 7p – 1847

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#47 Wada Kintaro 1p – Honinbo Shusaku 6p – 1848

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#48 Ota Yuzo 6p – Honinbo Shuwa 7p – 1848

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#49 Honinbo Shusaku 6p – Ito Showa 7p – 1849

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#50 Honinbo Shusaku 6p – Ota Yuzo 7p – 1849

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#51 (Bonus) Hayashi Hakuei 7p – Honinbo Shuwa 7p – 1849

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