Ranka is the bullettin of the International Go Federation. The name refers to an ancient Chinese legend testifying to the fascination of Go;

“A woodcutter, coming upon two mountain sages enjoying a game of Go, paused to watch the game. When it finished, so much time had passed that he found that the handle of his axe had rotted away.”

Ranka started its publication in 1985 and for many years it has been one of the very few publications dedicated to the international Go scene.

Some back numbers of the yearbook (1985~98) are available in PDF searchable format and can be downloaded here.