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Post #21 Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:33 am 
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He's been around for so long he has probably seen every game possible and remembers them. ;-)

Very impressive, however he does it.

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Post #22 Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:16 am 
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It really is amazing.

By now, he must be leaning on experience a LOT more than he can depend on being a little sharper than his opponents.

I wonder if he ever thinks "Why won't you try something NEW for a change!?" when he's winning.


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Post #23 Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:46 pm 
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You may know that there is even an article on tygem about him!

http://www.tygem.com/news/news/viewpage ... &findword=

He is the world's oldest active professional Go player. To think that he became a professional in 1937 sends shivers down one's spine looking at his recent record. :salute:

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Post #24 Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:54 am 
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This week is the birthday of Mrs Sugiuchi - she will be 88 on 6 March 2015. This is one of the special birthdays in Japan ("rice age").

Perhaps for that reason she features in the March edition of Bungei Shunju, one of Japan's most famous magazines. She recounts the difficulties she faced in the go world, not just as a woman but as a repository for her father's hopes. He was a passionate amateur who would have loved to have been pro. Instead he allowed his three daughters to turn pro, despite advice to the contrary. All were successful, but Kazuko reached the highest grade and is of course now the world's oldest active female pro.

She was the first woman to achieve high grade in the Oteai and once got as far as a semi-final in a major event, but latterly she has restricted herself to women's tournaments.

Also featured in the magazine is Fujisawa Rina, as one of 120 women who typify Japan today.


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Post #25 Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:43 am 
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There is a new game record of Sugiuchi Masao:

http://www.go4go.net/go/games/sgfview/46340

Unfortunately he lost this game and failed to enter the C league of the Kisei tournament.


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Post #26 Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:30 am 
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Updates on Sugiuchi Kazuko:

Yesterday she beat Nagashima Kozue (57 years younger than her) in the preliminary of Japanese Female Honinbo tournament. The victory gives her a position in the main tournament.

http://www.go4go.net/go/games/sgfview/46492

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Post #27 Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:04 am 
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Sugiuchi Masao keeps playing and actually winning:

http://www.go4go.net/go/games/sgfview/46820


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Post #28 Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:26 pm 
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I confess that I have not been monitoring Sugiuchi Masao's games closely recently. However, he remains of interest and pops up in conversation fairly often as a figure of admiration among all older Japanese amateurs. Let's remember that on Tuesday (October 20th) he will celebrate his 95th birthday. Mamumamu lists him at 8 wins versus 8 losses through the end of September (ranked 203 out of 430 active pros). Unfortunately he lost in the Honinbo qualifier last Thursday and so will not have a positive record to go with his cake.

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Post #29 Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:07 pm 
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For a bad joke,

We should follow in the "footsteps" of Sugiuchi Sensei!

http://www.pandanet.co.jp/English/souda ... 512-1s.htm

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Post #30 Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:49 am 
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It's finally happened, and a very heartwarming statement from Sugiuchi sensei, especially considering recent events.

It is as if that, no matter what is happening to the Go world, there would always be a wise Go sage giving us mysteriously related advice.

www.nihonkiin.or.jp/match_news/match_info/801595.html

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Post #31 Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:06 pm 
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Elom wrote:
It's finally happened, and a very heartwarming statement from Sugiuchi sensei, especially considering recent events.

It is as if that, no matter what is happening to the Go world, there would always be a wise Go sage giving us mysteriously related advice.

http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/match_news/m ... 01595.html

But what does it say?

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Post #32 Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:10 pm 
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DrStraw wrote:
Elom wrote:
It's finally happened, and a very heartwarming statement from Sugiuchi sensei, especially considering recent events.

It is as if that, no matter what is happening to the Go world, there would always be a wise Go sage giving us mysteriously related advice.

http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/match_news/m ... 01595.html

But what does it say?


I threw it into a bad translator, and I think the point is that Sugiuchi, at his advanced age and declining win rate, still finds enjoyment in Go and strives for improvement.

A meta message in light of AlphaGo conquering our best and brightest...


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Post #33 Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:29 pm 
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He says that he plays without considering the age difference. These days if he can just win one it's terrific. Compared to winning or losing he would like to still continue to improve.

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Post #34 Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:56 pm 
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And just to note, it is finally a broken record match with the largest age difference, but he did lose to 15 year old Onishi Ryuhei (1p), although his passion and continued quest for improvement is one of the reasons we *have* any 80+ year gap match :).

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Post #35 Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:28 pm 
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If Sugiuchi were to play AlphaGo there would be a 94 year age difference!

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Post #36 Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:27 pm 
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DrStraw wrote:
If Sugiuchi were to play AlphaGo there would be a 94 year age difference!


tentano wrote:
It really is amazing.

By now, he must be leaning on experience a LOT more than he can depend on being a little sharper than his opponents.

I wonder if he ever thinks "Why won't you try something NEW for a change!?" when he's winning.


Sugiuchi v Robo-Sugiuchi.

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Post #37 Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:25 am 
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Tomorrow, October 20th, Sugiuchi Masao will be 96 years old. Mamumamu's site lists him as only 3 wins versus 7 losses over the last 12 months so he seems to be slowing down a bit.
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I heard a month and a half ago or more that he lost in the final preliminary for a rapid tournament (probably the NHK) when he made his move but forgot to punch his clock in byo-yomi. The game was in the 1-2 point yose stage. At that point he was leading by about 11 points on the board as Black. So he opponent (that 'youngster' Kobayashi Koichi, a mere 63 at the time) escaped with a lucky win. :sad:

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Post #38 Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:22 am 
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I have been replaying quite a few of Takagawa's games from the 1950's lately and each time there is one with/against Sugiuchi Masao I think of this thread :-) I haven't checked but I guess is probably among the last players alive to have played against Go Seigen, Takagawa and the likes at their peak.

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Post #39 Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:10 am 
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http://www9.nhk.or.jp/kabun-blog/700/239593.html

Sugiuchi lost to Onishi in a game where the difference between the players' ages was 80 years.

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Post #40 Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:18 pm 
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Raising this topic from the dead for an interesting match.

Antti Tormanen beat Sugiuchi Kazuko on 6/15 for a tengen preliminary.

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