JAL Super Hayago Championship
In 2004, Cho competed in the JAL Super Hayago Championship again. It was the second edition of the tournament. This time Cho started off on a high note, beating Shigeaki Yokota by resignation, before beating Yokota's fellow Kansai Ki-in player and current title holder Satoshi Yuki. Cho had also beaten Yuki by resignation. In his third match, taking black, he beat old friend Masao Kato by 2 and a half points. The final was against Tomoyasu Mimura. This time taking white, Cho beat Mimura by resignation. This was Cho's 67th title, and first time winning the tournament.