The Complete Collection of the Grand Kuksu Cho Namchul (3 books)

Title: The Complete Collection of the Grand Kuksu Cho Namchul (3 volumes) (Sky, Earth, and Man)
대국수 조남철 전집 (천지인 3권)
大國手趙南哲全集 (天地人)
Publisher: Oromedia 오로미디어
Published: 2000 Dec
Format: Limited Edition of 300 numbered copies. 3 traditionally bound volumes with a traditional box
Publisher Recommended Price: KRW200,000

Vol. 1 Sky – Games 1-81 (1942-1964)
Vol. 2 Earth – Games 82-158 (1965-1971)
Vol. 3 Man – Games 159-235 (1971-1994)

Cho Namchul (November 30, 1923 – July 2, 2006) is the founder of modern Korean Baduk. He went to Japan in 1937 to study go as the first insei of Kitani Minoru. Returning to South Korea in 1943, he played a big part in the founding of the Korean Go Association, Hanguk Kiwon. He is the first professional go player in Korea and was the strongest go player in his days (1950’s to 1960’s) winning a lifetime total of 30 national titles. He was awarded 9 dan in 1983. He is the uncle of Cho Chikun.

This set of his collected games is traditionally bound into three volumes (Sky, Earth, and Man). While the main text at the beginning and at the end of each volume is in Korean, the title of the set and the accompanying text to each game is in traditional Chinese. The diagrams within are printed with arabic numerals.

Although it is titled “complete collection”, it does not in fact contain all the Cho Namchul games ever recorded. Notably missing are some of his games played in Japan.

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