|also found as
||Gao-chuan (Xiu4)-ge2 (gaochuan, gao chuan xiu ge)
||Mitsuharai Taro (from 1925)
||Takagawa Kaku, Born Sept. 21, 1915 in Wakayama, Japan.
Died Nov. 1986.
First major title: In the 7th Honinbo Title, 1952, he defeated
Hashimoto Utaro by the score of 4-1 to earn his first Honinbo
Title. He went on to defend the title for eight more years,
setting a record for nine straight titles, a feat which was only
beaten nearly 40 years later by Cho Chikun.
In 1964, during the 40 year anniversary of the Nihon
Kiin, he was given the title of Honorary Honinbo. Won 1st, 9th &
10th Nihon Kiin Championship, 2nd Oza Title, 4th 10 Dan Title,
and 13th NHK Title. Crowning achievement of his career was his
defeat of Rin Kaiho in 1968 to capture the 7th Meijin Title.
Winner of the 6th Shusai Award. Captured 18 titles during his
career and challenged for many more.
Takagawa was noted for his skill in the opening, calm and elegant
style, and was viewed as just a notch below Go Seigen and Sakata
Eio as one of the greatest players of all time. Had the nicknames
of "Boshi" (after the "Capping Play" that was one of the
hallmarks of his style) and "Sly Fox" bestowed upon him.
Lived in Tokyo, Japan.