“The Surrounding Game” is the first feature documentary to tell the incredible story of Go, from ancient China to 21st century America.
Born from the simplest rules, the ancient game of Go is the most complex and elegant game ever discovered. The rules are remarkably simple, yet even the best computer programs are easily crushed by professional players. This unique game has inspired centuries of tradition and millions of fans, but despite its depth, Go remains little-known outside East Asia – until now.
December 4, 2013
(Adapted from gogameguru.com's article, published Nov. 25)
In 1933, a ten-game match, or jubango in Japanese, was held between the two Go heavyweights of the day, Go Seigen and Kitani Minoru. Tied at 3-3, the series was called off, leaving the Go world in suspense. However, ten years later Japan's Yomiuri newspaper announced they would bring back the junbango by sponsoring a series of matches pitting Go Seigen against a slew of Japan's top players. One opponent after another, Go Seigen prevailed, and his record in these matches...
October 31, 2013
Earlier this month, Iyama Yuta, Japan's 24-year-old superstar, completed a very rare feat in Japanese Go. By winning the Meijin title on October 17, Iyama completed the trifecta and now holds all three of the major Go titles in Japan, something that has only been accomplished twice before in Japanese Go history.
There are seven major titles in Japan. Each year, pro players compete in a tournament to decide a challenger, who faces the title-holder in a best-of-seven match. Some of these titles actually originated from the...
September 7, 2013
Stephanie Yin 1p explains her life as a student in one of China's elite Go schools.