1996-2000: Honinbo, Kisei, Meijin, and back to zero
In 1996 a second period starts where Cho holds the triple crown. But in 1999 he suffers an unexpected loss of the Honinbo, and by the end of the period he is without a single title.
Cho gets his revenge in the Kisei, beating Kobayashi Satoru. But is is not easy: (4-3). Ryu Shikun is the Honinbo challenger: (4-2). In the Meijin league Cho after a lot of years
finally emerged as the challenger (7-1 in the league). He wins the title from Takemiya (4:2).
This must have been a tough year for Cho. He played no less than 62 tournament games (winning 45) according to the yearbook. Well, in fact I have 82 games (including pair go) from this
Keeps the triple crown. Kisei won (4-1) against Kobayasi Satoru, Honinbo (4-0) against Kato Masao and Meijin (4-2) against Kobayashi Koichi.
39 games played in total according to the yearbook, winning 26. Games: 
Keeps the triple crown again. Wins the Kisei (4-2) against Yoda, the Honinbo (4-2) and the Meijin (4-3), both against O Rissei.
49 games played in total, winning 28, according to the Kido yearbook. Games: 
Wins the Kisei (4-2) against Kobayashi Koichi, but then unexpectedly loses the Honinbo to Cho Sonjin. Yoda is not yet a match in the Meijin (4-1). Cho challenges O Rissei for the Oza,
but is not succesfull (3-1).
52 games this year, winning 31. Games: 
Loses the Kisei to O Rissei (1-4), the Meijin to Yoda (0-4), and again fails in the challenge for the Oza against O Rissei (1-3). Back to zero and without a title. Well, almost, he
still has the NEC Cup.
Kido says Cho played 58 [official] games, winning exactly 50%: .