Kobayashi was a pupil of Kitani Minoru. One of four children, three of whom are professional players: Kobayashi Chizu, Kobayashi Satoru and Kobayashi Kenji. Another brother, Takayuki is also a semi-professional (jun-kishi, an obsolete teaching title).
An ardent supporter of western Go, she spent several years in Europe, living in Berlin, Paris or Switzerland. She also sponsored and taught many of the western inseis in the Nihon Ki-in. During most of 2007 she was a 'Cultural Ambassador' appointed by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (文化庁文化交流使) in Vienna. On November 27-29, 2009 she organized her 3rd "Masterclass" there. The earliest 'Masters' had seen Takemiya Masaki 9P, former Honinbo, as a teacher. This time - once more - with Aoki Shin'ichi 9P, resident for a year in Vienna as a Cultural Ambassador, and his sister Aoki Kikuyo 8P, former Female Meijin.
In 2010 she returned to Japan, intent on increasing Japanese support for Go in the West, and successfully campaigned for a seat on the Nihon Kiin Board of Directors.
Bill: Kobayashi sensei visited Santa Fe, NM, around 1980. A friend and I taxied her around. She is muy simpatica. :-)
maruseru: Since March 2007 Kobayashi Chizu-sensei is living in Vienna, Austria, for one year, sponsored by the Government of Japan. If we can build up a sizable Go community within this year, she could stay beyond 2008.
She already has had a great impact on Go in Vienna. She teaches at prestigious schools, has organized a Go course at the Japanese Cultural Center in Vienna, and has been the impetus for the Austrian Go Federation to open a club, GO7.
As cultural advisor for the Japanese government in Europe she also travels to other European countries to spread Go. Her efforts are especially targetted at promoting youth Go.
In September 2008 she has moved to Paris. She will still come back to Vienna every month as she now feels responsible for the Go community there.
On September 1st, 2008, she gave a lecture at the Go7 club in Vienna. She asked the two strongest players present to play on the demo board and commented during the game. You can download this game.