Rin was born in Shanghai, China. Rin holds the title of Honorary Tengen for winning the Tengen title 5 years in succession.
Rin was first brought to Japan in 1952 by his famous compatriot, the great player Go Seigen, or Wu Qing Yuan (呉清源). He has won a long list of titles, among which are the Meijin, Honinbo, Judan, Tengen, Oza, Gosei and the international Fujitsu Cup. He is one of the few to have won 1300 professional games.
In 1968, Rin became the second person to hold the Meijin and Honinbo titles simultaneously.
At the age of 59, he challenged for the Meijin title again in 2001, but lost 4-2 to Yoda Norimoto.
As of July 2010, he had 1352 wins, the most of any Japanese professional. http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/english/topics/10/topics2010_07.htm#100714
Rin Kaiho has written the following books, among others:
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Trivia: A game between Rin Kaiho (Black) and Komatsu Hideki resulted in eternal ko.