It was shown to me many years ago on a Go server and I have always admired it as a work of art.
The game is clearly contrived, by one or more very strong Go players and not all the moves are perfect, but that doesn’t matter in my opinion.
It is both a source of enjoyment and study material. I’ve learned a lot from it over the years, revisiting it as I got stronger.
These game records originated in ancient China, during the Ming dynasty. For more information, please have a look at its sister game in our article: Whole board seki game 2.
The game ends with the whole board in a ‘seki’ position. A seki is a situation where neither player’s stones can capture the other’s, resulting in a localised stalemate. (I’ll elaborate on that when I finish working on the pages for beginners.)
A couple of years ago I showed this game to a friend, who uploaded it to godiscussions.com for other people to enjoy. Since that site is no longer there, I wanted to share the game here.
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.