Kitani Reiko

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Kobayashi Reiko, nee Kitani Reiko (23 December 1939 - 1996), was a Nihon Ki-in professional Go player. She achieved the rank of 7-dan.[1]

Kobayashi liked the 5-4 points. She was the daughter of Kitani Minoru. She married Kobayashi Koichi and was the mother of Kobayashi Izumi.

One of her most famous quotes was: 'Go is a fighting art.'

She won the All-Japan Women's Championship (informally called the Women's Honinbo prior to 1982) half a dozen times, in 1966 to 1971, and the Women's (Old) Meijin twice, in 1973 and 1975.

She died after a battle of over a year with cancer.


[1] Promoted from 6- to 7-dan posthumously.

Kitani Reiko last edited by on June 20, 2019 - 20:44
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