By John Power
This publication has been largely acclaimed as a masterpiece on one of many maximum pass gamers who ever lived. Shusaku used to be the prime participant of the golden age of move within the mid-19th century. He has develop into identified to later generations because the Saint of cross (kisei) and is famous through glossy gamers as one of many nice geniuses within the background of the sport. His victories over his contemporaries in a few fits contributed to his acceptance, yet its major starting place is his excellent list, now not even approached by means of the other participant, of 19 successive wins within the annual fortress video games performed within the presence of the shogun.
Shusaku's video games are thought of the easiest version for aspiring specialist avid gamers to check, particularly his video games with black. He was once unexcelled in his entire mastery of the strategic rules and the sensible thoughts of move. His video games are a treasure condo of the entire different components of the sport, from the fuseki to the endgame, yet specifically they supply novice avid gamers with perfect fabric for learning the paintings of combating within the center video game.
Here are a few twentieth century perspectives of Shusaku:
`Shusaku simplified the complexity of pass, concealing his nice energy and profound research underneath the graceful floor of his video game . . . it isn't an exaggeration to claim that each one the rules and all of the strategies of move are embodied in targeted shape in Shusaku's go.' - Segoe Kensaku 9-dan
`The pace and forcefullness of Shusaku's play with black are like lightning remarkable the cross board; his ability at completing off his opponent as soon as he took the lead is unrivalled.' - Hayashi Yutaka, pass historian
`Shusaku may learn out all of the attainable diversifications, then play straightforwardly, making the easiest movement, if he concept it ensured a win. this fashion of enjoying is just attainable if one has a transparent figuring out of the foundations of move and is blessed with marvelous positional judgement, and it additionally calls for significant self-confidence. On these infrequent events whilst he acquired right into a undesirable place, he could reveal large power in struggling with his long ago into the lead. The citadel online game with Ito Showa in 1850 is an efficient instance of a video game within which he unearths his latent energy . . . one other function of his move is his flexibility and willingness to test. smooth pass continues to be faraway from surpassing Shusaku.' - Ishida Yoshio, former Meijin, Honinbo
Contains 143 video games, eighty of that are complete commentaries by way of 9-dan execs gamers.