Number one professionals in history

   

This is an organized list of the professional players who were considered the number one player in their respective sex, in their respective country and by year.

Historically the number one player was designated by one (or two) of the following three main criteria:

  1. By social & historical consensus in periods before community, government or tournament titles may have been officially bestowed. Most common in ancient and pre-classical go periods.
  2. By official titles bestowed by their peers or government. Most common in classical go periods and countries where governments had officially recognized go as playing an important social role in the society. Examples include: Meijin or Godokoro in Japan, and Guoshou in China.
  3. By possessing the majority of the domestic tournament titles in their country. Often evaluation is limited/weighted towards the distribution of the big titles (in each respective country). If majority of titles flips back-and-forth over a year, then whoever held the majority for the longest period by the end of the year was that year's number one. Most common in modern and contemporary go.

In addition are the following minor criteria:

  1. By possession of minor titles?.
  2. By observance of year-end rating charts.

Please consult and weigh the appropriate criterion (or criteria) when researching potential players to add or revise.


Table of contents

Male

China

Year(s) Player(s)
?? Liu Zhongfu?
?? Fan Junfu
?? Lin Fuqing
c. 1600-? Guo Bailing
?? Wang Xuansuo
?? Xu Zaizhong
?? Sheng Dayou?
1678-? Huang Longshi
?? Zhou Donghou
?? Xu Xingyou
?? Fan Xiping
?? Shi Ding'an
?? Chen Zixian
c. 1930-50 Gu Shuiru
1957 Guo Tisheng
1958 Liu Dihuai
1959 Liu Dihuai
1960 Huang Yongji
1962 Guo Tisheng
1964-74 Chen Zude
1975-81 Nie Weiping
1982 Ma Xiaochun
1983 Nie Weiping
1984-5 Ma Xiaochun
1986 Various
1987 Ma Xiaochun
1988 Liu Xiaoguang
1989 Various
1990 Liu Xiaoguang
1991 Ma Xiaochun
1992 Various
1993-6 Ma Xiaochun
1997 Various
1998-2002 Chang Hao
2003 Various
2004-9 Gu Li
2010-2 Various
2013 Chen Yaoye
2015-7 Ke Jie

Japan

Year(s) Player(s)
1612-23 Honinbo Sansa
1623-30 Inoue Nakamura Doseki
1668-76 Yasui II Sanchi
1677-1702 Honinbo Dosaku
1708-19 Inoue Dosetsu Inseki
1721-27 Honinbo Dochi
1767-88 Honinbo Satsugen
1801-27 Honinbo Genjo / Yasui Chitoku
1828-45 Honinbo Jowa
1845-73 Honinbo Shuwa
1873-86 Honinbo Shuho
1886-1907 Honinbo Shuei
1907-38 Honinbo Shusai
1939-62 Go Seigen
1962-7 Sakata Eio
1968
1969 Rin Kaiho
1970
1971 Ishida Yoshio
1972 Sakata Eio
1973 Rin Kaiho
1974 Ishida Yoshio
1975 Otake Hideo
1976-9 Kato Masao
1980 Kato Masao / Otake Hideo
1981 Cho Chikun / Otake Hideo
1982 Cho Chikun
1983 Cho Chikun / Kato Masao
1984 Cho Chikun
1985-6 Kobayashi Koichi
1987 Kato Masao
1988-93 Kobayashi Koichi
1994 Cho Chikun
1995 Kobayashi Satoru
1996-8 Cho Chikun
1999 Kobayashi Koichi
2000-2 O Rissei
2003-5 Cho U
2006 Takao Shinji / Yamashita Keigo
2007 Cho U / Yamashita Keigo
2008-10 Cho U
2011 Cho U / Iyama Yuta / Yamashita Keigo
2012-7 Iyama Yuta

Korea

Year(s) Player(s)
1956-64 Cho Namchul
1965-70 Kim In
1971-74 Ha Ch'an-seok / Seo Pong-su / Yun Ki-hyeon
1976-90 Cho Hunhyun
1991 Cho Hunhyun / Yi Ch'ang-ho
1992 Cho Hunhyun
1993-2003 Yi Ch'ang-ho
2004 Ch'oe Ch'eol-han
2005-6 Yi Ch'ang-ho
2007-8 Yi Se-tol
2009 Park Junghwan / Yi Ch'ang-ho
2010 Ch'oe Ch'eol-han
2011-2 Yi Se-tol

Taiwan

Year(s) Player(s)
1975 Lin Wenbo
1976-81 Zhou Kuihong
1982 Chen Changqing
1983-85 Chen Shi
1986-87 Zhou Kuihong
1988-89 Chen Changqing
1990 Peng Jinghua
1991 Chen Changqing
1992 Peng Jinghua
1993 Lin Shengxian
1994 Chen Guoxing
1995-2001 Zhou Junxun
2002 Chen Yongan
2003 Lin Zhihan
2004-06 Zhou Junxun
2007 Chen Shien
2008-09 Lin Zhihan
2010 Xiao Zhenghao
2011-12 Chen Shien

Female

China

Year(s) Player(s)
1978-9 Kong Xiangming
1980-2 Yang Hui
1983 Feng Yun
1984 Kong Xiangming
1985 Yang Hui
1986-9 Rui Naiwei
1990 Zhang Xuan
1991 Yang Hui / Ye Gui
1992 Yang Hui
1993 Hua Xueming
1994 Ye Jinjin?
1995 Hua Xueming
1996 Li Chunhua
1997 Xu Ying
1998 Yang Hui
1999 Li Chunhua
2000 Xu Ying
2001 Li Chunhua / Zhang Xuan
2002 Tang Ying / Yu Meiling
2003 Ye Gui / Zhang Xuan
2004 Xu Ying / Zhang Xuan
2005 Zhang Xuan / Wang Xiangyun
2006 Song Ronghui /Zhang Xuan
2007 Tang Yi / Zheng Yan
2008 Lu Jia / Wang Chenxing
2009 Lu Jia / Tang Yi
2010 Wang Xiangyun
2011 Li He / Zhang Xuan
2012 Wang Chenxing / Li He

Japan

Year(s) Player(s)
c. 18th C. Yokozeki Iho
c. 19th C. Toyota Gen
c. 1850-1901 Hayashi Sano
1907-50 Kita Fumiko
1952 Ito Tomoe
1953-6 Sugiuchi Kazuko
1957-62 Ito Tomoe
1963-4 Kitani Reiko
1965 Ito Tomoe
1966-68 Kitani Reiko
1969 Honda Sachiko
1970-71 Kitani Reiko
1972-5 Honda Sachiko
1976-8 Kobayashi Chizu
1979-80 Ogawa Tomoko
1981-2 Honda Sachiko
1983 Kusunoki Teruko
1984 Honda Sachiko
1985 Kusunoki Teruko
1986 Ogawa Tomoko
1987-8 Kusunoki Teruko
1989 Miyazaki Shimako
1990-2000 Various
2001 Kobayashi Izumi
2002-7 Various
2008-12 Xie Yimin

Korea

Year(s) Player(s)
1994-6 Yun Yeong-seon
1997 Yi Yeong-sin
1998 Yun Yeong-seon
1999 Rui Naiwei
2000 Pak Chi-eun / Rui Naiwei
2001-2 Rui Naiwei
2003 Cho Hye-yeon / Rui Naiwei
2004 Cho Hye-yeon
2005 Cho Hye-yeon / Rui Naiwei
2006-7 Rui Naiwei
2008 Pak Chi-eun / Rui Naiwei
2009-11 Rui Naiwei
2012 Choi Jung / Park Jiyun

Taiwan

Year(s) Player(s)
2011 Hei Jiajia / Zhang Zhengping
2012 Hei Jiajia / Zhang Kaixin

Notes

  • This page is only intended to list country's number one by sex and year, not the World's number one.
  • /Discussion

Number one professionals in history last edited by 109.69.67.17 on June 18, 2018 - 06:21
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