Rank: 9p
Country: Japan

Kitani Minoru's career highlights

  • Born 1/25/1909.
  • Died in Dec. 1975.
  • In 1924, became 1p.
  • In 1956, promoted to 9p.
  • Won the Oteai seven times.
  • In 1933, along with Go Seigen, developed the "New Fuseki" which revolutionized the game.
  • In 1938 he played a memorial retirement game with Honinbo Shusai Meijin, which was immortalized by Nobel Prize winner Kawabata Yasunari in the novel "Meijin".
  • Starting in 1939, he played a Jubango (ten game match) with Go Seigen, but was beaten down a rank by losing the match 4:6.
  • In 1956 and 1957, won 2nd and 3rd Top Position Titles twice.
  • In 1960, won NHK Cup champion.
  • In 1968, won Okura Prize.
  • He made some of his most important contributions to the go world as a teacher. At the time of his death in 1975, the combined total dan ranking of his pupils was more than 250. His pupils include Cho Chikun, Kisei and Honinbo, Kobayashi Koichi, Meijin, Otake Hideo, 10 Dan, Kato Masao, Oza, and many other top players.

Kitani Minoru's games on GGW

Black Player White Player Result Played on Played at Commented By
Go Seigen Kitani Minoru B+10 1958-04-30 Strongest Go Seigen Download Watch
Sakata Eio Kitani Minoru B+R 1958-03-01 Oteai Download Watch
Kitani Minoru Honinbo Shusai B+5 1938-06-26 Meijin Retirement Match Download Watch