Cho Nam-chul

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Cho Namchul
BornNovember 30, 1923
Buan, South Korea
DiedJuly 2, 2006, aged 83
TeacherKitani Minoru
Rank9 dan
AffiliationHanguk Kiwon

Cho Namchul (November 30, 1923 – July 2, 2006, alternately Cho Namcheol) was a professional Go player (Baduk in Korean). He died of natural causes in Seoul at the age of 83.[1]


Cho was born in a farming village in Buan, North Jeolla Province. In 1934, Japanese professional Kitani Minoru visited Korea and played with ten-year-old Cho, who deeply impressed the great master. He went to Japan in 1937 to study go as Kitani's first insei, or live-in student. In 1943, he returned to Korea and played a key role in the founding of the Hanguk Kiwon. It wasn't until 1983, that he would be awarded 9 dan, but for most of the 1950s and 1960s, he won the vast majority of national tournaments.

He is known as the founder of Korean modern Go. Namchul is also the uncle of the top Japanese Go title holder Cho Chikun.

After his death, he was honored by the president of Korea with a medal and floral tribute.

Titles and runners-up[edit]

Ranks #7 in total number of titles in Korea.

Title Years Held
Current 9
South Korea Guksu 1956–1964
Defunct 13
South Korea Myungin 1968, 1970
South Korea Chaegowi 1959–1962, 1964, 1965, 1966
South Korea Paewang 1959–1962
Title Years Lost
Current 7
South Korea Wangwi 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972
South Korea Guksu 1965, 1968, 1970
Defunct 4
South Korea Myungin 1971, 1974
South Korea Paewang 1970
South Korea Chaegowi 1967


  1. ^ "조남철" [Cho Nam-chul]. (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-10.

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