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Satoru Kobayashi

Satoru Kobayashi
Full name Satoru Kobayashi
Kanji 小林覚
Born April 5, 1959
Matsumoto, Japan
Teacher Minoru Kitani
Turned pro 1974
Rank 9 dan
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Satoru Kobayashi (小林覚 Kobayashi Satoru, born April 5, 1959) is a professional Go player.

Biography

Satoru Kobayashi is a professional Go player, who plays for the Japanese Nihon Ki-in. His rank is 9 dan, and he is known for his pincer style. He has one brother and sister, who are also professionals - Chizu Kobayashi and Kenji Kobayashi.

Suspension

In the beginning of 2001, Kobayashi was suspended by the Nihon Ki-in. He had accidentally injured his Chunlan Cup opponent Ryu Shikun while they were drinking at a bar, by gesturing with his hand while it held a brandy glass, breaking the glass, gashing Ryu Shikun's cheek and his own hand. Kobayashi offered to retire from Go, but the Nihon Ki-in set that offer aside. The Chinese and Koreans both pled for clemency toward him; the suspension was shortened from a year to 8 months, and Kobayashi was allowed to play in September.

Promotion record

Rank Year Notes
1 dan 1974
2 dan
3 dan
4 dan
5 dan
6 dan
7 dan
8 dan
9 dan 1987

Titles and runners-up

Domestic
Title Wins Runners-up
Kisei 1 (1995) 3 (1996, 1997, 2007)
Meijin 1 (2005)
Gosei 1 (1995) 4 (1990-1992, 1996)
Agon Cup 1 (1998) 2 (1995, 2005)
Ryusei 1 (1996)
NHK Cup 1 (1995) 2 (1989, 1996)
NEC Cup 1 (1998) 3 (1985, 1996, 2006)
Kakusei 1 (1996)
Shin-Ei 1 (1982) 1 (1985)
NEC Shun-Ei 1 (1987)
Hayago Championship 2 (1999, 2000)
Total 10 17
Continental
Asian TV Cup 1 (1989)
Total 0 1
International
Samsung Cup 1 (1997)
Tong Yang Cup 1 (1997)
IBM Cup 1 (1990)
Total 1 2
Career total
Total 11 20
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