Hans Pietsch was a German Go player who became a professional at the Nihon Kiin (the Japanese Go Association) in 1997.
That year, while still a 1 dan professional, Hans defeated Yoda Norimoto 9p in the 1st LG Cup in Korea.
Tragically, Hans was shot by robbers in a random act of violence, and died shortly afterwards, on January 16, 2003.
He was on a trip to promote Go in South America at the time.
The Nihon Kiin posthumously promoted Hans to 6p.
January 16, 2013 was the 10th anniversary of Hans’ death.
One of his German friends asked for this game to be commented in memory of Hans. Many Go players remember Hans’ cheerful nature and warm heart.
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Yoda Norimoto 9p was one of the best players in the world when this game was played.
At the time when this game was played, he’d already won several domestic Japanese titles, and was regarded as the top player in Japan.
Yoda plays well balanced games and he likes solid and tidy positions. He was described as a ‘Samurai’ in Korea, because his style of play is well disciplined, and the motion with which he plays his stones is very Samurai like.
Yoda places stones on the board with a full snap, and it recalls the image of a Samurai.