The Atom Bomb Game

This is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  Our benefactor, Mr. Kaoru Iwamoto, was almost killed by this bomb.  His championship game with Mr. Utaro Hashimoto was moved at the last moment to the outskirts of Hiroshima, about 10 kilometers from the center of the destruction. The blast disrupted their game, which was being played over several days, but nobody was badly hurt, so they set up again and finished the game.  (Hashimoto won the game; Iwamoto eventually won the championship.)  Only later did they get the terrible news as refugees came streaming from Hiroshima.

Each year, there is a beautiful memorial with floating lanterns at Green Lake, “From Hiroshima to Hope“.  It will start at 6:00, south west of the Bathhouse Theater.  We recommend it highly.

If you click on this post, and pull it up as a separate page, you can replay the game.  It is the 3rd Japanese Honinbo, title match #2.  Mr. Iwamoto had black.  The last move before the atomic bomb blast was 106.