Our club is named after Honinbo Shusaku (1829-62), a famous Japanese Go player of the Edo Period, the Golden Age of Go. Shusaku is widely considered to be one of the greatest Go geniuses in history and is the second person to receive the title of Gosei or "Go Saint" (along with his predecessor Honinbo Dosaku). He is most famous for his perfect record of ninteen successive wins in the annual castle games played in the presence of the shogun, a record unparalleled by any other player. Ishida Yoshio, a contemporary player who's own rise to Honinbo is chronicled in the book, The 1971 Honinbo Tournament, made the following comments about Shusaku:
"Shusaku would read out all the possible variations, then play straightforwardly, making the simplest move, if he thought it ensured a win. This way of playing is only possible if one has a clear understanding of the principles of go and is blessed with superb positional judgement, and it also requires considerable self-confidence. On those rare occasions when he got into a bad position, he would display tremendous strength in fighting his way back into the lead. The castle game with Ito Showa in 1850 is a good example of a game in which he reveals his latent strength... Another feature of his go is his flexibility and willingness to experiment. Modern go is still far from surpassing Shusaku."
A standard collection of Shusaku's games with commentary and biographical information can be found in the book, Invincible: The Games of Shusaku edited and translated by John Power. Further information can also be found at Sensei's Library.