His grandfather was a bank director. During the Korean War , the money the family had owned was burnt and they became impoverished. His father then sought the advice of a fortune teller. Both predictions proved accurate. Seeing great talent in Cho, his father sent him to Japan in
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His grandfather was a bank director. During the Korean War , the money the family had owned was burnt and they became impoverished. His father then sought the advice of a fortune teller. Both predictions proved accurate. Seeing great talent in Cho, his father sent him to Japan in He was only six years old at the time. The day after arriving in Japan Cho beat Rin Kaiho in a five stone handicap game at a party held at the Kitani School to celebrate the total dan ranks of Kitani students reaching a sum of A large crowd watched intensely, as if it were a professional game.
Cho enrolled at the Nihon Ki-in as an insei when he was only seven. He was bullied by many other students for being Korean. He was known to be lax in his studies, which could be clearly seen when his future rival Koichi Kobayashi joined the Kitani school. Kobayashi was not as strong, but he studied much harder than Cho. Breakthrough to shodan — [ edit ] Cho broke through to shodan after beating Michihiko Azuma in May He became one of the youngest professionals ever in modern go history, at 11 years and 8 months.
In the same year, he was promoted to 2 dan and was looking very promising. Within a mere two years, he climbed to 4 dan after winning almost every Oteai game possible. He reached 5 dan in , at just 15 years of age. His name was well known before he was even allowed to drive. Although he had a great record of thirty wins and only six losses in this year, he lost twice to his rival Koichi Kobayashi in big tournaments—first the 4th Shin-Ei , which was even televised, and in the final of the 16th Prime Minister Cup.
After a rocky start, Cho gained momentum, beating three top players, until he lost to Rin Kaiho , who was Meijin at the time, in the 9th Asahi Pro Best Ten tournament. Second prize was awarded to him after scoring an He then took tenth place in the 11th Asahi Pro Best Ten tournament.
He was also promoted to 6 dan in with a good record of 30 wins and 11 losses. His most significant accomplishment of was qualifying for the 22nd Nihon Ki-in Championship, especially since this came after being beaten out of the Honinbo preliminaries by Takaho Kojima.
His win against Ishida was something strange, as it came a week after Ishida achieved Meijin -Honinbo. He then took revenge on Kobayashi by beating him in the 6th Shin-Ei. He was awarded a Special Merit Prize by Kido magazine after his most impressive record thus far of 33 wins and 9 losses.
His power and composure shone through his strong endgame. He barely lost out in the final of the 22nd Nihon Ki-In Championship to Eio Sakata after making a critical mistake that led to his resignation. This loss fueled him to take the 12th Asahi Pro Best Ten undefeated, which made him look incredibly powerful, as all the opponents were 9-dan.
The victory made him the youngest title holder ever in Japan. He lost in the second round of the 30th Honinbo preliminary to Toshihiro Shimamura 9-dan. Even though he had a second chance to take the match against Masao Kato—due to a triple ko —he still lost. He was on a roll in the 1st Tengen league, until he was defeated by Shuzo Ohira. His spirits were high after he was promoted to 7 dan in late October, only to be crushed a month later when his teacher, Kitani, died.
His record was a formidable 39 wins and 16 losses for the year. Having to cope with the loss of his teacher, he regained his power and went on to having a very successful year. He began the year by winning the 1st Asahi Top Eight Players tournament. Now along with the new year, Cho had to win new titles.
He won a place in the 2nd Meijin league this year, before failing to get into the 32nd Honinbo league. The hard start of the year got only worse after losing in the 2nd round of the Tengen, and losing in the preliminaries for the 1st Gosei. Things started looking up after he reached the semi-final of the 20th Prime Minister Cup, only to fall after losing in the 2nd round of the 1st Shinjin-O.
He then went back to his old self, getting four wins in a row to reach the 26th Oza final. He went on to win his first Oza title, beating Hideo Otake 2—1. He reached the 15th Judan challenger final, where he lost to Eio Sakata. Although having a not so great record in tournaments, he won prizes from Kido for having the highest number of wins 46 and for having the best technique.
Along with the 46 wins, he lost 18 times. He lost in the preliminaries of the 2nd Meijin league, the 15th Judan, and the 16th Judan. He then lost his only title, the Oza, in November. The only tournament he would win this year was the 8th Shin-Ei, which was followed by another loss to rival Kobayashi in the 2nd Shinjin-O final.
He won the 7-dan section of the 3rd Kisei before being promoted to 8 dan in the summer. He took 3rd place in the Meijin League.
He participated in the 16th Judan, the 3rd Tengen, and the 26th Oza preliminaries. He finally broke through to the 34th Honinbo finals before doing okay in the 16thJudan and 3rd Tengen leagues. He took the 4th Gosei league and title in August. The year ended on a high, after getting the best Oteai score of the year. He made his first trip home on the New Year holiday in at the age of He was a national hero in Korea now.
He even played two games with Korean champion Cho Hunhyun. One was a quick Go game, while the other spanned an almost 18 hours over two days. Cho Chikun won both games. From to , Cho Hunhyun never lost to Chikun in all the games they played. The beginning of the year issue of Kido Magazine had a table of statistics. A summary of his career are shown below.
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