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Remembering Sasaki Tadashi 8P

Sunday August 17, 2014

A large crowd of somber friends shared memories of a great teacher at a memorial held last Friday evening for Sasaki Tadashi 8P, who2014.08.17_Sasaki-memorial-service died last month at 51 (In Memoriam: Sasaki Tadashi 8P 7/28 EJ & The Power Report 7/30 EJ). Players loved the bubbly humor underneath Sasaki sensei’s stoic exterior. Teaching never seemed like work to him, such was his love of the game. Players will also remember him for Baseball Go and his way of comparing territory to countries. During simultaneous games he would give away stones for komi when students made mistakes, and ask for it back when they made good moves. Sasaki sensei brought a lightness to go in the US, and he will be missed.
- Solomon Smilack; photo by Phil Straus

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The Power Report: Cho Chikun Wins 73rd Title; Meijin League; Kono’s Winning Streak Ends At 19; Iyama Catches Up In Gosei Title Match; Kisei Leagues; Obituary: Sasaki Tadashi

Wednesday July 30, 2014

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Cho Chikun Wins 73rd Title:
The final of the fourth Igo Masters Cup was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Ichigaya, Tokyo, on July 12. Taking black, 25th Honinbo Cho Chikun (right) defeated Kobayashi Satoru 9P by 6.5 points to win this title for the second time. This is Cho’s 73rd title, so he extends his Japanese record. Incidentally, this was the 59th game between these two; Cho now has a lead of one over Kobayashi.

Meijin League: Kono Rin (left) won his seventh-round game, so he stays in a tie for second with Cho U 9P. Kono and Cho play each other in the final round, so, if Yamashita loses, the winner will meet him in a play-off to decide the challenger.
(July 11) Kono Rin 9P (B) beat Ryu Shikun 9P by resig.; Murakawa Daisuke 7P (W) beat Yuki Satoshi 9P by resignation.

Kono’s Winning Streak Ends At 19: A loss, to Murakawa Daisuke 7P, in the quarterfinals of the 62nd Oza tournament on July 17 was Kono Rin’s first since mid-April. His record of 19 successive wins is the best winning streak so far this year.

Iyama Catches Up In Gosei Title Match: In the second game of the 39th Gosei title match, played in the Hokkoku Newspaper Hall in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, on 20 July, Iyama Yuta (B) defeated Kono Rin 9P by resignation after 151 moves. This gave him revenge for his loss of the first game in 129 moves. Kono perhaps lost the game because of pessimistic positional judgement:  he believed that the result of the first big fight was unfavorable for him — the players following the game disagreed — so he made a deeper invasion than he would have otherwise. Iyama attacked aggressively and killed a large group. The third game will be played on August 11.
By the way, I need to correct a mistake I made in my report on the first game. I wrote that Kono suffered straight losses last year, but I was confusing this title match with the 2012 Tengen title match, which Kono did lose 0-3. In the 2013 Gosei, he won the first two games, then lost the next three.

Kisei Leagues: The first third-round game in the A League was played on July 11. Hane Naoki 9P (W) beat Ichiriki Ryo 7P by resig. This was Hane’s first win after two losses. Ichiriki drops to 0-3; he is having a tough initiation in league play. On July 17, Yamashiro Hiroshi 9P (W) beat Takao Shinji Judan by resignation. More games played on July 24 clarified the lead. In the A League, Yamashita Keigo 9P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by resignation. Kono (2-1) suffered his first loss, so Yamashita (3-0) is the sole undefeated player. In the B League, Murakawa Daisuke 7P (B) beat Yuki Satoshi by resignation. Yoda Norimoto 9P (B) (2-1) beat Kobayashi Satoru 9P (2-1) by 1.5 points, so Murakawa (3-0) is the sole undefeated player. It looks as if we might see a replay of last year’s play-off between Yamashita and Murakawa. The latter’s continued success shows that he is close to joining the top group of tournament players in Japan.

Obituary: Sasaki Tadashi
Sasaki Tadashi 8P died of acute leukemia on July 20. Born on May 28, 1963, Sasaki (right) was a disciple of Sakata Eio, 23rd Honinbo. He became 1-dan in 1980 and reached 8-dan in 2001. Sasaki was very active as a teacher and was well known in Japan. He was also working on a biography of his teacher. According to an obituary article in Go Weekly by his friend the go journalist Akiyama Kenji, Sasaki had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage two years ago; ironically, he was visiting a hospital at the time, so he got prompt treatment. Recently he held a party to celebrate his complete recovery. At such parties, guests are usually given a little present, and Sasaki’s showed his sense of humor, being a hand towel with a picture of a spider’s web on it. He was planning to take a group of disciples to the US Go Congress this year. Akiyama wrote that he first met Sasaki 40 years ago when he was in elementary school. Sasaki introduced himself by handing over a name card detailing his position as an insei. Akiyama thought that this was a bit over the top for an elementary-school pupil, but there was a good reason for it. When returning home late from insei games or watching professional games, Sasaki would often be stopped by policemen and scolded for being out so late, so the name card was his defense. photo by Brian Allen

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In Memoriam: Sasaki Tadashi 8P

Monday July 28, 2014

Sasaki Tadashi 8P of the Nihon Ki-in passed away on July 20 at just 51. Sasaski, who visited the United States many times doing teaching games and workshops, had attended most of the U.S. Go Congresses over the last few years and had planned to attend this year’s in New York City.  His death was a shock his many American friends and fans. “It’s terrible news,” said AGA President Andy Okun.  “His teaching was always sharp, but full of humor as well, and his company warm and enjoyable.” “Mr. Sasaki was a big supporter of the Seattle Go Center and an enthusiastic hiker,” added Brian Allen of the Seattle Go Center. “We always enjoyed his visits to the Northwest.” Plans for a memorial ceremony at the Congress will be announced soon.
- photo of Sasaki playing Andrew Jackson at the  2011 US Go Congress, posted on Sasaki’s Facebook page.

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SASAKI WORKSHOPS A HIT IN NORCAL

Monday November 15, 2010

A total of 19 players ranging from 17 kyu to 2 dan attended a pair of one-day workshops recently with Tadashi Sasaki 8P in San Francisco and Menlo Park, CA. This was Sasaki’s first visit to Northern California in over 20 years, and he was pleased to finally get to ride the San Francisco cable cars. His last visit was shortly after the 1989 earthquake and the cable cars were not running. Each student got to play a teaching game with Sasaski, including review and analysis. The small class size each day allowed students to ask lots of questions and get individual attention. Click here for more photos. Asked what he enjoys doing when he isn’t playing go, Sasaski laughed and said “Teach go, of course.”
- photo by Paul Goodman

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SASAKI 8P TO GIVE TWO TEACHING EVENTS IN L.A. THIS WEEK

Sunday November 7, 2010

Tadashi Sasaki 8P will give two separate teaching events this week in Los Angeles as part of his West Coast tour. Sasaki, a professional go player from the Nihon Kiin, was a pupil of the late Eio Sakata. Both events will feature simultaneous 3-on-1 games with Sasaki, followed by a game analysis. Players not involved in a teaching game are free to watch, or to play a game with others which will be analyzed later. “Those who have attended Sasaski’s lectures at the annual U.S. Go Congress or at his previous workshops in Washington and Los Angeles will testify to his straightforward answers to questions and his gentle sense of humor,” says organizer Richard Dolen. “His comments are useful for all levels of go strength.”  Come early for the best chance to play Sasaki. The events are organized by Andy Okun, Tom Oki of the New Gardena Hotel, Joe Cepiel of the Santa Monica Go Club and others. For more info, contact Dolen at rdolen@worldnet.att.net

The first LA Sasaki event begins at 7p this Tuesday, November 9th at the Santa Monica Go Club at the Unurban Coffee House (3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA); there’s no charge for club members, and $10 for others (there may be a nominal surcharge for playing Sasaki).

The second event begins at 7p Wednesday, November 10th
, at the basement level of the New Gardena Hotel (1641West Redondo Beach Blvd # 1, Gardena, CA); the charge for attendance is $20 per person and again, there may or may not be a nominal surcharge for playing a teaching game with Sasaki.
photo: Sasaki at the 2009 U.S. Go Congress; photo by Gurujeet Khalsa

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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR NORCAL WORKSHOPS WITH TADASHI SASAKI 8P

Saturday October 23, 2010

What if you had the chance to play tennis with Andy Roddick? Or have Lebron James critique your basketball game? Go players in Northern California will have such an opportunity the first weekend of November when Tadashi Sasaki 8P of the Nihon Ki-in comes to San Francisco for the first time in 20 years to teach two one-day workshops. “I would have thought we would have sold out by now,” reports organizer Roger Schrag, “but we still have some seats available.” The workshops take place Saturday, November 6 in Menlo Park and Sunday, November 7 in San Francisco. Students can sign up for one day or both days. The earlybird registration pricing has been extended through October 24. More information is available here.

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HAL SMALL HOSTS SASAKI 8P AT DC WORKSHOP

Friday April 23, 2010

Washington go organizer Hal Small is hosting a special 2-day workshop with Japanese professional Tadashi Sasaki 8P on May 15-16. “Those of you who attended last year’s U.S. Go Congress already know that Sasaki-sensei is a fabulous teacher as well as a delightful person,” says Small, “but what may come as a pleasant surprise is that this workshop will be free!” Small reports that the workshop is “a gift to the local DC area go community by the organizers of the past Go Congresses held in the DC area,” and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to DC-area players. Space is limited; contact Small soon if you would like to attend: haskell@haskellsmall.com “Please specify if you would like to come for one or both days, and if you wish to participate or to just audit.” Beginning 10a each day, the workshop will start with 3-on-one simuls with Sasaki, while other players play each other and record their games.  Then after lunch (included), Sasaki will review games. “Saturday evening we will have a banquet in Sasaki-sensei’s honor,” adds Small. “This will be at appropriate cost to participants, details to be worked out later.”

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The Power Report (Part 2): Members of the New Honinbo League; Korean Teen Wins Bingsheng Cup; Takao Becomes Tengen Challenger; Obituary: Hoshikawa Nobuaki 9P; Sasaski Promoted to 9P

Tuesday September 9, 2014

by John Power, EJ Japan Correspondent

Members of the New Honinbo League: At first, I wrote “new members of the Honinbo league,” but that’s not quite 2014.09.09_Takao Shinjiaccurate. Two of the four vacant places in the 70th League were taken by players who had dropped out of the 69th League. One was Takao Shinji 9P (right), who made a comeback after a disappointing 1-6 in the previous league. The other was Yo Seiki 7P, who just missed out in the previous league with a score of 3-4. They were joined by Mimura Tomoyasu 9P, making a comeback after a gap of four years, and Ryu Shikun 9P, who has been out of the league for 11 years.
Results of the playoffs:
(August 28) Ryu Shikun (W) beat Anzai Nobuaki 6P by resig.
(September 4) Takao Shinji (B) beat Murakawa Daisuke 7P by resig.; Mimura Tomoyasu (W) beat Matsumoto Takehisa 7P by resig.; Yo Seiki (W) beat Nakano Hironari 9P by 13.5 points.

2014.09.09_Choi-JungKorean Teen Wins Bingsheng Cup: The 5th Qionglong Mt. Bingsheng Cup (also referred to as ‘Qionglong Cup’ on the Net), a Chinese-sponsored tournament for women players, was held from August 30 to September 3 in Suzhou City in China. The winner was the 17-year-old Choi Jeong 5P (left) of Korea; she beat Rui Naiwei 9P in the final. Two Japanese representatives won in the first round, but were eliminated in the second (there are 16 players in the tournament, so there are four rounds). Xie Yimin 6P beat Oh Yoojin 1P of Korea and Fujisawa Rina 2P scored an excellent win over Song Ronghui 5P, one of the top Chinese players. In the second round, Xie lost to Rui and Fujisawa lost to Lu Jia 2P of China. photo courtesy GoGameGuru; click here for their 2012 interview with Choi.

Takao Becomes Tengen Challenger: The play-off to decide the challenger to Iyama Yuta for the 40th Tengen title was held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on September 8. Playing black, Takao Shinji Judan defeated Kono Rin 9P by resignation after 195 moves. Takao will make his first challenge for the Tengen title. The first game will be played on October 24.

Obituary: Hoshikawa Nobuaki 9P
Hoshikawa Nobuaki died on September 2. Born in Ehime Prefecture on July 7, 1951, Hoshikawa was a disciple of Mukai Kazuo 8P. He became 1P at the Kansai Ki-in in 1970 and reached 8P in 1984. He retired in 2010 and was promoted to 9P. He won the Oteai (rating tournament) twice. Three of his children20are also professionals.

Sasaski Promoted to 9P: And in a follow-up to my July 30 report on the passing of Sasaki Tadashi 8P, the Nihon Kiin recently posthumously awarded Mr. Sasaki with the rank of professional nine-dan.

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GO PHOTO: Sasaski in LA

Monday November 15, 2010

Tadashi Sasaki 8P at one of his events in Los Angeles last weekphoto by Samantha Davis

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Sunday October 24, 2010

Are you just finding out that ‘Killer Of Go” Sakata Eio died last Thursday? Or that there’s still time to sign up for the upcoming workshops with Tadashi Sasaki 8P? Switch your E-Journal subscription to get the EJ whenever news is posted! Just click on “Update your profile” at the bottom of the E-Journal and you can choose either the daily (much shorter updates several times a week) or weekly editions, as well as your preferred format. That way you’ll be the first to know when U.S. REP JIE LIANG 7D TAKES FOURTH IN KOREAN P.M. CUP or XIE HE 7P GIVES CHINA 1ST STAGE IN NONGSHIM CUP (both reported in yesterday’s EJ). PLUS: Member’s Edition content is often published several days ahead of the weekly EJ, and you’ll get that early as well.

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