Professional Records


This page is for records for professional players, in the sense of "mostest, bestest or fastest".

Youngest Professionals

Also see Prodigy.

valerio: Cho Hunhyun, I think, is the world's youngest. He became 1 dan of the Hankuk Kiwon at 9.

Youngest 9 dan professionals

Oldest 9 dan professionals

Oldest active professional (living)

Sugiuchi Kazuko (nee Honda Kazuko), born 1927.3.6. Sugiuchi Masao's widow.

Oldest active professional (deceased)

Sugiuchi Masao, 97 years 1 month. He passed away in 2017.

Most Titles

valerio: by me, Ma Xiaochun won 50 titles. As of 2011-10-25, Gu Li won 38 titles (48, including unofficial tournaments).

Youngest International Title Holder

Lee Changho ([ext] according to Go Game Guru) at 16 years, 5 months and 29 days

Not Fan Tingyu at 16 years and 7 months

To clarify the apparent confusion, Go Game Guru [ext] explains here that age is counted starting from 1 at birth in Korean culture, so even though it's usually said that Lee Changho was 17 when he won the 3rd Tongyang Securities Cup, he was actually only 16 by the Western reckoning of age. This means that Lee Changho still holds this record.

Most Wins

See Professional Milestones.

Most wins of different titles

These records are as of 2017.


Honinbo: 12 wins (Cho Chikun, 1998)
Oza: 11 wins (Kato Masao, 1993)
Meijin: 9 wins (Cho Chikun, 1999)
Judan: 6 wins (Kato Masao, 1997)
Tengen: 6 wins (Iyama Yuta, 2017)
Gosei: 9 wins (Kobayashi Koichi, 2002)
Kisei: 8 wins (Kobayashi Koichi, 1993)


Ing Cup: No multiple winners
LG Cup: 4 wins (Yi Changho, 2004)
Samsung Cup: 4 wins (Yi Setol, 2012)
Chunlan Cup: 2 wins (Yi Changho 2005, Gu Li 2015)

Professional Records last edited by on May 5, 2018 - 06:52
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