Kamakura, by John Fairbairn. Slate & Shell; 2009.

This is an annotated commentary of the ten-game match between Go Seigen and Kitani Minoru that took place in 1939–1941. And it's a thoroughly wonderful volume: there's quite a lot of fascinating setting the stage before the game commentaries proper, and the commentaries themselves are detailed (the first one lasts almost 40 pages), fascinating, and illuminating. It's a remarkable period of time in the development of the game, too, involving the last of the great players in the era before the Nihon Kiin hit its stride: title matches in the second half of the twentieth century are exciting, but not quite in the same way that a ten-game match can be. Highly recommended, my favorite volume of commentary.

david carlton <carlton@bactrian.org>

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