Cho Nam-ch'eol

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Cho Namcheol (조남철)

Cho Namcheol (조남철, 趙南哲 30 November 1923 - 2 July 2006) was a Korean professional 9-dan, and is considered the father of modern, Korean professional Go.

In 1937, at the age of 14, he traveled to Japan and became a pupil of Kitani Minoru (Korea was a part of Imperial Japan at the time). Japanese reading of his name was Chō Nan-Tetsu. He was the first professional from Korea, at age 18. He returned to Korea in 1943 (1944?) and in 1945 founded the Hansung Kiwon, the predecessor of the modern Hankuk Kiwon (Korean Go Association).

For a long time he was the strongest player in Korea, winning the Kuksu title nine times in a row (1956-1964), the Chaegowi title seven times in a row (1959-1966), the Paewang title four times in a row (1959-1962), the Myeongin twice (1968, 1970). His lifetime total was 30 titles.

In 1982, he reached the rank of 9-dan. He was awarded the Okura Prize in 1984 and inducted into the Nihon Kiin Hall of Fame in 2019.

He died at 83 of old age in his home. He was survived by his wife, a son, and two daughters. After his death, he was honored by the president of Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, who sent a medal and a floral tribute.[1]

He is the uncle of Cho Chikun and Cho Shoen.


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Cho Nam-ch'eol last edited by hnishy on May 29, 2024 - 00:04
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