The most famous Go match of the century recorded in its entirety on this poster. Go Seigen, one of the greatest genius of Go and one of the founders of shin-fuseki, plays Honinbo Shusai, Meijin title holder and the strongest player of his era. Go is 19 and Shusai is 59 (60 in Asian count) and they play on Shusai's birthday in a match that lasted 3 months!
This game is awash in controversy and intrigue and was followed by millions of people through sold out newspapers covering this match. Go starts off with radical moves at 3-3, 4-4, and Tengen, defying centuries of traditionally accepted opening moves. Go leads the game but Shusai turns it around in the famous and brilliant move at 160. However the move is said to have been the idea of Shusai's student Maeda Nobuaki's. Shusai had adjourned the match 13 times at critical moments and was suspected of studying the current game situation with his sudents. Eventually Shusai secured victory with a two point win over Go.
This game was a seminal moment in Go history, a climax battle between the Go world's old guard and it's traditions, and a new wave of young Go players and their revolutionary new ways of thinking about the game. No wonder this match was known as ''The Game of The Century!''