JP ki000002 Kato Masao
General information
kanji 3243 4623 4035 4957 Progression
also found as Kato- Masao
Kato Kensei
chinese Jia-teng2 Zheng4-fu (jiateng, jia teng zheng fu)
korean Ga deung jeong boo
nationality JP Japan
born 1947-03-15
died 2004-12-30
teachers Kitani Minoru
rank 9
pro status Professional
affiliation Nihon Ki-in, Tokyo, Japan
pid 2
games 1195 Scoring
wins 700
losses 490
draws 0
unknown 1
no result 4
score 58.82% (details)
biography Kato Masao, Born Mar. 15, 1947 in Fukuoka, Japan. First major title: 1st Gosei & 14th 10 Dan Titles, 1976, finally realizing his great potential after challenging for eight titles unsuccessfully (Honinbo, Pro Best Ten twice, All Japan #1, Prime Minister's & NHK Cup, Shinei and Nihon Kiin Championship). Won 32nd Honinbo Title, 1977, holding it three straight years. In 1979 held five titles: Honinbo, 10 Dan, Tengen, Oza and Kakusei. In 1987 held four titles: Meijin, 10 Dan, Gosei and Oza. Defended Oza Title eight straight years (eleven titles total), 10 Dan Title four straight years (five titles total). Winner of NHK Cup 1988, NEC Cup 1991. Regained Oza Title in 1993. Winner of Oteai top section twice. Winner of KIDO magazine "Most Outstanding Player" award six times, Shusai Award five times. 1993 record: 40 wins, 22 losses. Lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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