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Norio Kudo

Norio Kudo
Full name Norio Kudo
Kanji 工藤紀夫
Born August 2, 1940
Hirosaki, Japan
Teacher Nobuaki Maeda
Turned pro 1955
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Norio Kudo (工藤 紀夫 Kudō Norio, born August 2, 1940) is a professional Go player.

Biography

Kudo turned professional in 1955 and was promoted to 9 dan in 1976. Although he did not win many tournaments, he was known for teaching Go to many people, even if they were just starting to learn, or were about to turn 1 dan. He succeeded the late Masao Kato as president of the International Go Federation in 2005.

Promotion record

Rank Year Notes
1 dan 1955
2 dan 1955
3 dan 1958
4 dan 1959
5 dan 1961
6 dan 1963
7 dan 1966
8 dan 1969
9 dan 1976

Titles & runners-up

Title Years Held
Current 2
Tengen 1997
Oza 1977
Title Years Lost
Current 4
Tengen 1998, 1999
Oza 1978
Gosei 1985
Defunct 2
Shin-Ei 1970
Hayago Championship 1976
Continental 1
China-Japan Tengen 1998
Preceded by
Masao Kato
President of the International Go Federation
2005 - 2007
Succeeded by
Hiromu Okabe
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