At the age of 8 he became a student of Cho Hun-hyeon , one of the most successful Go players of all time. At the age of 11 he was the second youngest go professional after his teacher, and at 14 he received his first professional title.
In 1990 he won the Kuksu title, one of the most prestigious tournaments in Korea. 1992 followed the first victory in an international tournament against Kaihō Rin . In the years 1990 to 1992 he prevailed in numerous fights against his teacher Cho Hun-hyeon and thus became the strongest player in Korea.
He was recognized as the world's best player when he won decisive victories against the leading Chinese go pro Ma Xiaochun in 1996-98 . In 1997 he received his 9th Dan, the highest Dan degree in Go.
To this day (as of 2012) he has a position as one of the strongest players in Korea, even if he was overtaken by young players like Lee Sedol and Park Junghwan.
Around 115 tournament victories, including 17 international tournaments (world record, there are only three other people who have won more than two international titles).
- "Korean Professional Rankings" website with a translated Korean ranking list. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
|이창호 (Hangeul); 李昌鎬 (Hanja)
|Korean Go player
|DATE OF BIRTH
|July 29, 1975