Cho U (
The 23-year-old Cho and 26-year-old Kobayashi are reportedly planning to get married in the spring.
According to Tokyo newspaper reports, Cho met Kobayashi in his first year in Japan at the age of 10. The two, however, did not start their romance until 18 months ago.
Kobayashi said that although Cho is three years younger, he remains a respectable prospective spouse because of his personality and because he is a superb "go" player.
Kobayashi is one of the top 16 female go players in Japan.
In addition to his skills, Cho also has enormous charisma. With his youth and good looks, he is one of the five most popular "go" players in Japan.
Cho, accompanied by his two mentors, Lin Hai-feng (
President Chen Shui-bian (
Go, also known as "encirclement chess," was invented in ancient China and later gained enormous popularity in Japan.
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