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1971 Meijin

(1902) Iwamoto Kaoru

He achieved 1-dan in 1917, and like his teacher rose swiftly through the ranks, eventually reaching 9-dan in 1967

In 1945 and 1947 won Honinbo Tournament.

(1914) Wu Ching-Yuan

(Go Seigen)

In 1933, along with Kitani Minoru 6 dan (at the time), he developed the "New Fuseki" (Shin-fuseki). The same year he won the Nihon Kiin Championship and a special game with Honinbo Shusai Meijin was arranged. His play in that game was the cause of controversy when he played his first three moves on the 3-3 point, a star point in the opposite corner, and the central star point (tengen). (Jan van der Steen)

Starting in 1939, he played a Jubango (ten game match) with Kitani Minoru, beating him down a rank by winning the match 6 wins to 4 losses. This was the start of a brilliant match career in which he defeated all the top players in Japan successively: Karigane Junichi 8 dan, in 1942; Hashimoto Utaro 8 dan in 1946; Honinbo Iwamoto Kaoru 8 dan in 1948; Fujisawa Kuranosuke (later called Hosai) twice, in 1951 and 1953; Sakata Eio 8 dan in 1954 (although Sakata had defeated Go in a six game match earlier, the only player to have defeated Go in match play); and Honinbo Takagawa Kaku 8 dan in 1955 (at one point Go had a record of eleven straight victories against Takagawa in match play). Only major titles were 1st & 3rd Japan Strongest Titles in 1958 and 1961 respectively, but was always considered a player of the very highest caliber. Won the Oteai 6 times. (Jan van der Steen)

(1915) Takagawa Kaku

(Honinbo Shukaku)

7th Honinbo Title, 1952 - 15th Honinbo 1960

Won 1st, 9th & 10th Nihon Kiin Championship

2nd Oza Title

4th 10 Dan Title

13th NHK Title

Crowning achievement of his career was his defeat of Rin Kaiho in 1968 to capture the 7th Meijin Title.

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. (Jan van der Steen)

(1920) Sakata Eio

First major title: Top Position Title 3 times; Strongest Player twice; 16th Honinbo Title, 1961, defending it six additional years and so becoming Honorary Honinbo. Defeated Fujisawa Shuko in 1963 to win 2nd Meijin Title and become first Meijin-Honinbo in history. Won Meijin Title twice. In 1964 won 30 games and lost 2, holding a record seven titles: Meijin, Honinbo, Nihon Kiin Championship, Pro Best Ten, Oza, Nihon Kiin #1, NHK Cup, (only missing 10 Dan). Winner 10 Dan Title 5 times; Nihon Kiin Championship 12 times (Honorary Nihon Kiin Champion); NHK Cup 11 times (Honorary NHK Champion); Oza Title 7 times; Nihon Kiin #1 four times. Winner of Oteai six times. Winner of many other titles, totaling 64; winner 29 straight tournament games; participant in Meijin or Honinbo League 53 times. (Jan van der Steen)

(1923) Cho Nam-ch'eol

Considered the father of Korean professional go. He was born on 30 November 1923, and in 1937 become a pupil of Kitani Minoru in Japan.

He returned to Korea in 1943 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).

In 1982 he reached the rank of 9 dan.

He is the uncle of Cho Chikun and Cho Shoen.

(1925) Fujisawa Shuko


Sensei of TakaoShinji

1971 Meijin  

Fujisawa played W2 in the 1971 Meijin Title: Fujisawa Shuko vs. Rin Kaiho.

(1942) Rin Kaiho

Born in Shanghai, China. Holds the title of Honorary Tengen for winning the Tengen title 5 years in succession.

Rin Kaiho, or Lin Haifeng (林海峰) as he is called in Chinese, was first brought to Japan in 1952 by his famous compatriot Go Seigen, or Wu Qing Yuan (呉清源). He has won a long list of titles, among which the Meijin, Honinbo, Judan, Tengen, Oza, Gosei and the international Fujitsu Cup. He is one of the few to have won 1200 professional games.

Pupils include Cho U

(1947) Kato Masao

known for his attacking play

one of the Three Crows of the Kitani dojo

Meijin (twice) Honinbo (4 times) Judan (7 times) Tengen (4 times) Oza (11 times) Gosei (3 times)

There are many classic examples of Kato killing large groups. One of my favorites took place on March 11&12, 1970 during the 25 Honinbo League. Kato (black) played Takagawa Shukaku and forced him to resign in 93 moves! Kato's awesome power is frightening in this game (eg. Black 67). The [ext] game can be found on Gobase, but be warned, it is not for the faint of heart :)

- Nathan


  • 2003 10th Agon
  • 2002 57th Honinbo
  • 2001 10th Ryusei
  • 1999 32nd Hayago Championship
  • 1998 4th JT Cup
  • 1997 35th Judan, NEC Cup
  • 1996 3rd Agon, 18th Kakusei
  • 1995 2nd Agon, 17th Kakusei
  • 1994 27th Hayago Championship
  • 1993 41st Oza
  • 1992 NEC Cup
  • 1991 NEC Cup
  • 1989 37th Oza
  • 1988 36th Oza, NHK Cup, 21st Hayago Championship
  • 1987 12th Meijin, 25th Judan, 12th Gosei, 35th Oza
  • 1986 11th, Meijin, 34th Oza, 8th Kakusei
  • 1985 33rd Oza
  • 1984 32nd Oza
  • 1983 21st Judan, 31st Oza
  • 1982 30th Oza
  • 1981 7th Tengen
  • 1980 28th Oza, 6th Tengen, 2nd Kakusei
  • 1979 34th Honinbo, 17th Judan, 27th Oza, 5th Tengen
  • 1978 33th Honinbo, 16th Judan, 4th Tengen
  • 1977 2nd Gosei, 15th Judan, 32th Honinbo
  • 1976 1st Gosei, 14th Juda

(1952) Kobayashi Koichi

School: Kitani Minoru
Rival: Cho Chikun (80s and 90s)


  1. Kobayashi Fuseki
  2. Mark II Kobayashi

Kisei 1986 - 1993
Meijin 1985, 1988-1994
Tengen 1976, 1985-1986, 1998-1999
Gosei 1988-1993, 1999
NEC Cup 1995, 1999
Fujitsu Cup 1997
Japan - China Meijin matches winner: 1988-1991, 1993

(1953) Cho Hun-hyeon

Korean 9-dan professional. Born 10 March 1953. Perhaps the second strongest player in the world, after his former pupil Yi Ch'ang-ho. His name is commonly spelled Cho Hunhyun.

YY?: Cho's style has been known as "soft wind (breeze) and quick spear," It is somewhat comparable to Muhammad Ali's self-description of "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

(1956) Cho Chikun

Born July 23, 1956 in Seoul, Korea. First major title: 12th Pro Best Ten Title, 1975. Defeated Otake Hideo, Meijin in 1980 to win 5th Meijin Title. Defended Meijin Title 5 straight years to earn Honorary Meijin status. 1981 won Honinbo Title to become fourth player in history to become Meijin-Honinbo. 1982, Kakusei, 10 Dan, Honinbo & Meijin titles. 1983 won Kisei Title (retained a total of 3 straight years). 1987, 13th Tengen Title, becoming first player in history to have held all seven major titles. 1989, 44th Honinbo, defended title a total of five straight years through 1993; defended 27th 10 Dan Title. Regained Kisei Title in 1994. Winner of Oteai top section once, lower section twice (in 1969-73 winning 33 straight games). Gosei, Haya-go, NEC Cup, NHK Cup & Kakusei twice. Oza once. Four time winner of KIDO magazine "Most Outstanding Player" award and Shusai Award four times. 1993 record: 26 wins, 13 losses. Lives in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. (Jan van der Steen)

(1975) Yi Chang-ho

Lee Changho, Born July 29, 1975 in Korea. In 1991, captured Wangwi, Myeongin, Daewang, Top Position, Baccus Cup and Jaewang Titles. In 1992 and 1993 captured the Tongyang Securities Cup Title. In 1993 he was titleholder of 12 titles, including the Kiseong Title. Lives in Korea.(Jan van der Steen)

Jared Beck / Development Of Go - Recent History last edited by jared on December 4, 2005 - 00:43
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