Izumi Kobayashi

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Izumi Kobayashi (小林泉美) is a Japanese professional Go player at Nihon Ki-in since 1995.[1][2] She is known for holding many female titles in the 2000s.

Notable family members[change | change source]

Izumi Kobayashi has several professional players in her family.[1][2]

Minoru Kitani, 9-dan professional go player
 
 
 
 
Reiko Kobayashi
 
Koichi Kobayashi, 9-dan professional go player
Holder of three honorary titles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Izumi Kobayashi
Former female title holder
 
Cho U, 9-dan professional player
 
 
 
 
  • Grandfather: Minoru Kitani, 9-dan professional go player
  • Father: Koichi Kobayashi, 9-dan professional go player, holder of three honorary titles[3][4]
  • Husband: Cho U, 9-dan professional player from Taiwan[5]

Records[change | change source]

Title Years Held
Current 9
Japan Women's Honinbo (女流本因坊) 2001–2003
Japan Women's Meijin (Women's Grand Master, 女流名人) 2001, 2003, 2004
Japan Women's Kisei (Women's Board Master, 女流棋聖) 1998, 1999
Japan Women's Champion (女流最強位) 2005
Year Notes[1][2]
1998, 2001-2003 Received the female player MVP (棋道賞女流賞)
2001-2003, 2005 1st place in the female player prize money ranking.
2001 Obtained 200 career wins (Youngest and fastest female player to obtain this status)
2003 Qualified to the main tournament of the 10 dan title (6th female player to obtain this status)
2004 Received the Journalist Club Award with her husband. She was also qualified to the main tournament of the 10 dan title.
2005 She became the first player to obtain all major female titles. She also obtained 300 career wins in this year (Youngest and fastest female player to obtain this status).
2007 Victory at the Daiwa Securities Internet Go Ladies.

Japanese books[change | change source]

She has wrote introductory Go books which were published by the NHK publishing.

  • 「小林泉美のやさしい基礎」
  • 「小林泉美のやさしい19路盤の打ち方」(How to simply play in a 1919 board)

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