The front page column of Mainichi Newspaper which mentioned to Nakahara's retirement has been translated into English to publish on The Mainichi Daily News as below.
"When I saw the move, my eyes, for some reason, filled with tears. 'What a lucky guy I am,' I thought," wrote the novelist Sakae Saito in an account of a shogi match he wrote for the Mainichi. It was 1979, the fourth game of the Meijin championship between Meijin Makoto Nakahara and Kioh Kunio Yonenaga.
The move, denoted in shogi as S-5g, has since become the stuff of legend, often talked about as a brilliant gambit made in the final stages of the match. "He went out of his way to make a move that allowed his opponent to take his silver general. But because of that, Nakahara's king could not be mated," Saito explained.
Nakahara, the 16th Honorary Meijin, is said to have been expressionless as he made the move, after staring at the board for about two minutes. However, he admitted 30 years later that "I played the move thinking that it may make history," at a press conference announcing his retirement from professional shogi.
Nakahara beat 15th Honorary Meijin Yasuharu Oyama in 1972 to become the youngest Meijin in history, winning nine consecutive Meijin championships and twice later. He was still recovering after suffering a brain hemorrhage last summer, but after making the decision to end his professional career, he declared, "I have enjoyed competing on the grand stage to the fullest. I have no regrets."
Yasuo Harada, a ninth dan (grade) player, describes Nakahara's style as "'Shizen-ryu' that wins the game before anyone knows it." "Shizen-ryu" or "natural style" was the perfect name for a style that appeared rational, effortless, and dignified -- but from Nakahara's point of view, aggressive.
"I wouldn't win if I played 'naturally,'" he said. To those of us who watched on the sidelines, his desperate maneuvers were strong enough to seem like they merely flowed naturally.
The S-5g has been hailed as the most significant move of Nakahara's illustrious career. The shogi gods who guided Nakahara at that moment are now probably plotting clever stratagems to be played by young shogi players. The torch -- one for a shogi hand that will bring tears to the eyes of those watching -- has been passed on to the next generation. ("Yoroku," a front-page column in the Mainichi Shimbun)
The legendary S-5g is annotated in the video by HIDETCHI. Here it is.