Go History Quiz

Go History Quiz

Easy (1 point / answer)

  1. Name one of the players of the Blood Vomiting Game.
  2. Which is the oldest of the seven Japanese big titles?
  3. Who was the inventor of tewari analysis?
  4. “Japan uses the Oteai tournament to determine its professional ranks”, true or false?
  5. Where was Rin Kaiho born: Japan, China, Korea or Taiwan?
  6. Fujisawa Shuko is also known by what other name?
  7. Who was the first player to win all seven big titles (non-simultaneously)?
  8. Who founded the Kansai Ki-in?
  9. Name one historic Meijin, other than Shusaku and Shusai.
  10. What flag did AlphaGo play under in its professional games?

Harder (2 points / answer)

  1. Who was the first Western-born professional?
  2. What was Go Seigen’s Chinese courtesy name?
  3. What was a “sogo”?
  4. What is the record for most wins in the Honinbo title?
  5. Which of these is not a real historic Honinbo? Retsugen, Josaku, Shugen, Shuyo
  6. In the Game of the Century, which one of Shusai’s pupils is credibly rumoured to have found Shusai’s winning move for him?
  7. “The Ing Cup has been won by a different player every edition”, true or false?
  8. Who holds the record for most professional wins overall?
  9. The Chinese professional Fan Xiping played in what century?
  10. Name one player of the Hayashi house.

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  1. Hon’inbō Jōwa (alternatively, Akaboshi Intetsu)

  2. Honinbo

  3. Dōsaku (also, see #9)

  4. True until 2003, now false.

  5. Taiwan

  6. Fujisawa Hideyuki

  7. Cho Chikun
    newest title is Kisei, won 6 times before Cho by Fujisawa Hideyuki who never won Gosei, the next newest title.

  8. Hashimoto Utaro

  9. 4th Honinbo Dosaku 1677-1702

  10. Great Britain (see the photos)

  1. Manfred Wimmer

  2. Wu Qingyuan, born Wu Quan

  3. an official challenge match during the Edo Era

  4. Cho Chikun with 12 through 2014, no one could have exceeded that in the past 3 years.

  5. Shuyo

  6. Maeda Nobuaki

  7. False. Fang Tingyu won 2nd time in 2017

  8. Cho Chikun with 1500 as of 2014

  9. 18th (1709~69)

  10. Hon’inbō Shūei

Fan Tingyu didn’t win twice. Tang Weixing was the most recent winner.

Drat, that’s what happens when one rushes to hand in the exam to find out the grade before checking the work.

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  1. Correct
  2. Correct
  3. Correct
  4. Correct, didn’t catch you out :slight_smile:
  5. Incorrect, the answer was China; Rin was born in Shanghai in 1942. This one was a bit tricky because he’s a Taiwanese citizen, due to the Republic of China moving offshore. https://senseis.xmp.net/?RinKaiho
  6. Correct
  7. Correct (though the last title in the set was actually the Judan, won from Kato Masao in 1988.) Kato Masao was actually Cho’s closest competitor for the record (he had won six titles by 1986), but he never managed to win the Kisei.
    I mistakenly thought this was Iyama Yuta (I wanted to trip people up by needlessly specifying “non-simultanously”), but I had a hard look at the big titles table after you answered.
  8. Correct
  9. Correct
  10. Correct, though a pedant would insist on “the UK” or “the Union flag”.

Easy section total: 9 points

  1. Correct. I hoped you might mess up and say James Kerwin or even Michael Redmond.
  2. Correct
  3. Correct
  4. Correct
  5. Correct
  6. Correct
  7. Incorrect, as gamesorry said. https://senseis.xmp.net/?IngCup
  8. Incorrect, the answer was Cho Hunhyun with 1948 wins as of June 2016 (I wonder if he’s passed the 2000 wins milestone yet?) https://senseis.xmp.net/?ProfessionalMilestones
  9. Correct
  10. Correct

Total score: 25 / 30

Good job! I can tell you know your Go history; well done.

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Regarding part 1 #5, the article I read says two things: “Rin Kaihō or Lin Haifeng… born May 6, 1942) is a professional Taiwanese-born Go player” and “Rin Kaiho was born in Shanghai, China”. Failed to read past the first answer.

Too bad it wasn’t Taiwan. In that case he would have been born in Japan: “…in 1895, the Qing ceded the island…to the Empire of Japan…following the end of World War II, the Republic of China…took control…In 1949…the ROC government…withdrew to Taiwan”.

Know more about how to search with google than about go.

You mean you looked every question up before answering? That’s not really in the spirit of the game…

Ah, one must possess mental telepathy to be able to access the original poster’s mind to be able to determine “the spirit of the game”. You’re a lucky man! (cue ELP)

The spirit of the game must have been to already know it all or to guess randomly, remain ignorant and learn nothing by one’s own effort. Sorry I cheated! In that case my score should have been Part 1, #2 because Honinbo came to mind before Meijin and I don’t know others and Part 2, #2 because I took a stab at what a courtesy name might be. (better question would have been his birth name).

Here’s my quiz:

  1. What is my middle name?
  2. Which of my opponents at DGS do I know personally?
  3. What is my AGA rating?
  4. What year did I play in the US Open?
  5. Which opponent got 1 point off me in that match because I did not fill a dame?
  6. What Go clubs have I been a member of. (hint, there were 2)
  7. Where did I first encounter the game of Go? (town and state suffice, extra credit for details)
  8. At what college was the man who taught my first Go game a professor?
  9. What 9P did I play in a 3-person simul?
  10. What was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name? Mega Bonus extra credit: name the region and village in France both of her parents came from.

Rules: Use only your own knowledge or W.A.G but no internet Search…Good luck!

edit - on second thought, go ahead and use search too.

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