Kaori Chinen (知念 かおり, Chinen Kaori, born July 28, 1974 in Okinawa, Japan) is a professional Go player.


Kaori Chinen became a professional in 1993. She was promoted to 3 dan four years later in 1997. She married fellow professional go player Yo Kagen in 1997. She holds the female record for longest defense of a title, keeping the Women's Kisei for 6 straight years.[2]

Titles & runners-up

TitleYears Held
Women's Honinbo1997–1999, 2004
Women's Kisei2000–2005
TitleYears Lost
Women's Honinbo1995, 2000, 2002
Women's Kisei2004, 2006


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