They will be visiting Oxford and Bognor Regis. Chizu Kobayashi will then go on to visit London and Edinburgh.
Kobayashi Chizu (小林 千寿), 5 dan, born 28th September 1954 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. She is the sister of several professionals and was a student of the very famous Minoru Kitani and became 1 dan in 1972, 2 dan in 1973, 3 dan in 1974, 4 dan in 1976 and 5 dan in 1978. She has won several Womens' Professional tournaments (Women's Championship three times and Women's Kakusei Title 1989 & 1993), winning more than 300 games in total. She has attended the European Go Congress eight times.
Recently, she has been resident in Europe for a number of years including Berlin, Vienna and Paris. She sponsored and taught many of the western inseis in the Nihon Ki-in. During most of 2007 she was 'cultural ambassador' in Vienna. She returned to Japan in 2010 and became International Director for the Nihon Ki-in.