Masao Sugiuchi

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Masao Sugiuchi
Full name Masao Sugiuchi
Nickname The God of Go
Kanji 杉内雅男
Born (1920-10-20) October 20, 1920 (age 96)
Miyazaki, Japan
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Teacher Ichiro Inoue
Turned pro 1941
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Masao Sugiuchi (杉内雅男, Sugiuchi Masao, born October 20, 1920 in Miyazaki, Japan) is a professional Go player.


Sugiuchi became a professional in 1941. By 1959, he had reached 9 dan. His nickname is "the God of Go" (Japanese Go no Kami-sama) because of his very serious style and straight-laced personality. In December 2004, he became the oldest Nihon Ki-in professional to reach 800 career wins. He is married to Sugiuchi Kazuko (née Honda), one of three professional go-playing sisters.[1]


Title Years Lost
Current 4
Japan Honinbo 1954, 1958
Japan Tengen 1976
Japan NHK Cup 1982