Reminder: Waseda university go book scans

I’d like to remind you, go players, that Waseda university has digital versions of very old go books. So if you like old things or older games, these can be fun.

(Just click on the picture and it’ll bring up viewing options)

  1. Ekisei Tsūbi Ho 奕正通微補 (1773): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 03702

  2. Godate Kinu Burui 碁立絹篩 (1787): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 00641

  3. Gokyō Kyokuki 碁経局機 (1793): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04078

  4. Igo Jōsekishū 囲碁定石集 (1793): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 00639

  5. Igo Jōsekishū 囲碁定石集: Waseda page ヲ09 03865

  6. Onko Chishin Goroku 温古知新棊録: Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 00950

  7. Hyakuban Go 百番碁 (1802): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 03706

  8. Okigo Jizai 置碁自在 (1824): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 03704

  9. Kokugi Kankō 国技観光 (1825): Waseda page ヲ09 04135

  10. Kokugi Kankō 国技観光 (1826): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 03801

  11. Gokyō Seimyō 碁経精妙 (1835): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04079

  12. Ishikubari Jizai 石配自在 (1839): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 00638

  13. Kachi Seikyoku 佳致精局: Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04076

  14. Igo Myōden 囲碁妙伝 (1852?): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04075

  15. Igo Shinan 囲碁指南 (1880): Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 00574

  16. Igo Shinansho 囲碁指南書: Waseda page 文庫31 E0668

  17. Godate Shijūban 碁立四十番: Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04081

  18. Godate Shinan Taisei 碁立指南大成: Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04082

  19. Gokyō Sensui 碁経選粋: Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 04080

  20. Gotate Kinuburui 碁立絹篩: Senseis page / Waseda page ヲ09 01151

  21. Igo Hikyokushō 囲碁秘局抄: Waseda page ヲ09 01153

  22. Gokyō 碁経: Waseda page ヲ09 01152

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I cannot read Japanese, but this is so impressive! O_o
And old books usually have that weird “I survived” look, which I always find inspiring.

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hm… Gokyō 碁経: Waseda page ヲ09 01152

has interesting joseki positions
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i translated into visual go stones
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this position specifically i thought it was modern go, guess not since it appeared on these ancient books


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up to move 5, this position looks similar to where as white played 3-4 first then low pincered high approach, but the sequence of how it played out seems super odd
i mean if i were black, i probably play something like
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hence white move 4 seems awkward no?

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Bumping this good thread.

I like these old books, it’s like a puzzle to decipher.
Onko Chishin Goroku, photo 31, right side.

In the top-right I think is the date: 寛政三辛亥十一月十七日 which is 1791 November 17 (December 11th in modern calendar?).

Black: 井上因碩 (Inoue Intatsuinseki)
White: 安井仙知 (Yasui Senkakusenchi)

Black wins last ko, the result is jigo

The record exists on the Internet but it was fun to recreate it.

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Those are three different names, not two: Inoue Intatsu Inseki (https://senseis.xmp.net/?Intatsu) and Yasui Senkaku Senchi (https://senseis.xmp.net/?YasuiSenchi). 18th-century games tend to feel a bit strange to me, less advanced than the “classical period” 1820-1920. For instance if you look at Honinbo Jowa’s games from 40 or 50 years later, he is a lot less interested in passive moves like C16 and R10 and does more “manipulation of the flow of the game”.

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