As part of the " Three crows ," he was one of the best players of his generation, along with Toshiro Yamabe and Suzuki Keizo and later Kajiwara Takeo. Despite his controversial acts, such as a excessive drinking and gambling, he played go at the highest levels when the times came. Aside from go, he was also known as a successful real estate dealer and calligrapher, having had several of his calligraphy works exhibited. Over the years he became known as "Shuko", an alternative reading of the characters for his given name. Fujisawa, a student of Fukuda Masayoshi , began studying at the Nihon Kiin in and turned pro in His success would continue through the early s, winning the 40th Oza at the age of
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Biography[ edit ] Hideyuki Fujisawa was born in Yokohama , Japan. He was one of the best players during his era. Even though he was known more for his controversial acts, such as having a bad drinking habit, the most important thing that shone through about Fujisawa was his Go skill.
Besides Go, he was known to gamble and was a successful real estate dealer. He was also known for his calligraphy and had several exhibits of his works. He also stated in his autobiography, although he did not mind being called Shuko, he preferred to be called Hideyuki.
He won his first major title in , the Meijin. He then won two Asahi Pro Best Ten titles in and He won his second major title, the Oza , which he held for three consecutive years from to He then went on a dry streak of titles. By , he won his first title since the Meijin in , the Tengen. Height of career[ edit ] Fujisawa went on to surprise critics as he won the Kisei title six straight years from to It has been said that during these Kisei runs in the s and s, Fujisawa would drink for nine months straight, then sober up for his title defense late in the year.
He won the first three games, controlling each move Cho made. It looked like Fujisawa would hold the Kisei for the seventh year in a row, but Cho fought back and won the last four games, as Fujisawa made a blunder in a winning position in the seventh game.
He was known to play a very flexible fuseki but was infamous for making errors poka later in the game. The saying was that Fujisawa Shuko plays the best first 50 moves. Later life[ edit ] Fujisawa would not win another title until ten years later. He again won the Oza and held it for two years at the age of He thus set a record for the oldest player to defend a title, a record which holds to this day.
In October , he decided to retire from the Go world at the age of The following year Fujisawa was expelled from the Nihon Ki-in for selling unsanctioned rank diplomas to amateurs in protest against what he considered improper Ki-in policies. In June , the dispute was resolved and Fujisawa was reinstated to the Ki-in. He died of aspiration pneumonia in Tokyo at a.
Moreover, he also contributed hugely to Go outside Japan. He put enormous effort into Chinese Go despite his own economic hardship. Titles and runners-up[ edit ].