South Korea
Chun Poongjho

Korean professional 9 dan. He was born in 1947.

Mr Chun started to play baduk when he was 13 years old and at the age of 21 he became a professional player.

In 1997 he invited Alexandre Dinerchtein and Svetlana Shikshina to Korea, and helped them to become professionals.

Mr. Chun can be found teaching on KGS as vic1000.

Muraoka Shigeyuki

Born on 28 Aug 1955, 1 dan in 1973, 9 dan in 1993.

Student of Shiraishi Yutaka, 9-dan (Kansai Kiin)

Yamashiro Hiroshi

-          Yamashiro was born in 1958.

-          He became an a shodan professional of the Nagoya branch of the Nihon Ki-in in 1972.

-          He became a 9 dan pro in 1985.

-          He challenged for Japan's seven major titles: the 16th Kisei, 41st, 42nd and 48th Honinbo, 18th Tengen and 32nd Oza.

-          Yamashiro scored 1000 wins in his career in 2008 as the 10th player of the Nihon Ki-in.

-          He won the Okan (Crown) Tournament 16 times

            -       He serves as a vice chairman of the Nihon Ki-in since 2012.

            -       He also serves as a manager of the Japan’s pro national team since 2013

Shao Weigang

Born February 21, 1973

Shao started to learn Go at the age of 8. By 1986, when he was 13, Shao turned professional. Over 12 years, he was promoted to 9 dan. He currently resides in China.

China NEC Cup    1997, 2000
China Xinren Wang    1995
China National Go Individual    1992


South Korea
Cho Hyeyeon

Cho Hyeyeon (b. 7 June 1985 in Suweon City, South Korea) is a Korean professional 9-dan. She became the fourth female to reach 9-dan. She was a pupil of Kim Weon. Her style has lead to the nickname "The Female Lee Changho"

She became a professional at the age of 11 years and 11 months, making her (at the time) the third youngest professional in Korea (after Cho Hunhyun and Lee Changho). She has very strong religious beliefs which causes her not to compete on Sundays. She has received some amount of criticism from fans in Korea and has had to skip some important matches, such as one game during the World Mind Sports Games.

Aside from her professional baduk career, Cho HyeYeon received a degree in English Literature and Japanese at Korea University and is currently a graduate student in Mass Communication & Public Relations. She learned to play the piano and violin when she was a child; and has learned some amount of Chinese and Spanish. She enjoys creating life and death problems, saying that it "is like drawing," and has published a few life and death books.

2003: 9th Women's Kuksu
2004: 5th Women's Myeongin
2005: 10th Women's Kuksu
2012: 1st Female Siptan


Hayashi Kozo

Hayashi Kozo (born 1963) is a Kansai Ki-in professional Go player. 1-dan in 1984. Attained the rank of 6-dan in 1992. He was a pupil of Hashimoto Shoji.
Hayashi Sensei took part in most of EGC during last 10 years. He commented many participants' games and gave many lessons. He was awarded as the best Go teacher in the EGC 2013 oraganized by German Go Federaition.
He also likes to play traditional songs from the Ryukyu islands on the shamisen before his lectures.

Ohashi Hirofumi

-          Ohashi was born in 1984 and became professional in 2002

-          Runner up in the 1st Okage in 2010

-          He is known for his spectacular openings like The Black Hole on all four 7-7 points, The Milky Way and Orion's belt

            -          He visited the Go Congress 2012 in Bonn
            -       He plays piano well   

Li Zhe

Born on 31 January 1989. 

Promotion Record
2001: 1 dan
2002: 3 dan
2006: 5 dan
2007: 6 dan

Tournament Record
Winner of the 13rd Xinren Wang in 2006
Third place in the 2008 World Mind Sports Games
Lost to Xie He in 2008 CCTV Final
Played for China in 20th Asian TV Cup
Played for China in the 2008 and 2011 Samsung Cup
Winner of the 3rd Longxing in 2011
Runner-up in the 5th Longxing in 2014

Chen Zhaofeng

Born: 1957-06-08
           Became 3-dan pro in 1983, together with a big group of other players (after creation of the Pro system in China)

Ding Bo

Born:  1971-01-24
                     1-dan in 1984

Xu Ying

Xu Ying (徐莹, b. 1972-12-31 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese female professional 5-dan

Rank Promotion

  • 1985: 1-dan
  • 1986: 2-dan
  • 1987: 3-dan
  • 2002: 5-dan - For winning the Guiyang Cup Women's World Championship


  • 1990: 2nd Old Womens Mingren
  • 2001: Guiyang Cup Women's World Championship
Catalin Taranu

Learned Go at the age of 16 in 1989
1993- Third place at the European Championship, promoted to 6dan amateur
1995- Stops University of Bucharest studies and leaves for Japan where he becomes insei( Go student) at the Nagoya branch of Nihon Kiin ( Japanese Professional Go Association)
1997- Becomes the first European that achieves pro status with Nihon Kiin
2002- Reaches 5 dan pro rank and thus enters the elite of Japanese pro system ( 1-4 Dan pro are considered low level pros, 5-9 high level and pro tournaments are organized accordingly) ). Along with American Michael Redmond 9 Dan they are currently the only 2 westerners that made it to the elite class of the pro system.
2004 – Returns to home country Romania in order to embrace a promoter and teacher career. Teaches at various events and workshops all over Europe, many schools in Romania
2008 – European Champion, multiple vice champion titles in other years
Winner of European ING Cup and Fujitsu Cup multiple times, chosen to represent Europe at various International Pro Tournaments.
2009-2011 President of the Romanian Go Federation, gets involved in organizing a lot of large events, most notable being : European Team Championship 2009, European Youth Championship 2010, Balkan Championship 2011, World Youth Go Championship in Bucharest, 2011. Also initiated the event Japanese Ambassador’s Cup in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy from Bucharest and Nihon Kiin. The event had 5 editions, from 2007 until 2012
Currently coach of the Romanian National Team

Muraoka Mika

4 dan from Kansai Ki-in. Born on 19 Sep 1963, 1 dan in 1983, 4 dan 1997.

Li Cong

Born in 1991, became pro in 2005.

Currenly one of the teachers in EGF Go Academy:

Alexander Dinershtein

I started to play Go in 1986. I was 6 years old and my father (10 kyu) was my first teacher. For the several years I was playing both chess and go, but from the age of 10 I gave up chess and started to learn Go more actively with a new teacher Valeryi Shikshin, 4 dan and his students. I was very fortunate to be living in Kazan, because it was the capital of Russian Go. There were so many top players around me : Ivan Detkov 6d, Valeryi Solovyev 6d, Ruslan Saifullin 6d, Rustam and Nail Sahabutdinov both 5d, Alexei Vasilev 5d and Roman Gataullin 5d. They kindly gave me Go lessons and I owe them a big debt of gratitude.

In 1996 (I already was a 5-dan) Cheon Pung-cho, 7-dan professional from Korean Baduk Association (KBA) invited Svetlana Shikshina (daughter of my teacher) and me to study Go in Seoul as an insei. First of all I was really surprised at the level of the Korean children. I was living in one of the largest Go Schools, and there was around 20 students who were both stronger and much younger than me.Later I changed clubs several times, but I was never the strongest player in any of them. I studied Go with Pak Yeong-hun, who was already the strongest Korean amateur (I only beat him once, in 1998), Pak Chi-eun 9p, Yi Chae-ung 6p, Yi Ta-hye 3p, Kang Don-yun 9p, Ko Kun-tae 7p and later, from 2001, with Pak Cheong-sang 9p, Chu Hyeon-wook 7p and Pak Chi-hun 3p. By the time you read this article many more of the children who were training alongside me will have become professionals.

I became a professional in 2002, by the special decision of the KBA with the kind support of Cho Nam-ch'eol 9p, an honorary member of the KBA, and my teacher Cheon Pung-cho 7p. I am probably not the weakest professional here, but to be honest, I would say that there is about 1 stone difference between me and the other new professionals in Korea. Nowadays I am still studying hard to make this difference smaller.

Personal website:


Shigeno Yuki

  -         Shigeno Yuki was born in 1966 and became professional in 1986
  -     She lived in Italy between 1998 and 2005 for promotion of go.     
  -      She served as secretary general of International Go Federation for 8 years since 2006

Fan Hui

Fan Hui (born 27 December 1981) is a Chinese-born French Go player. Becoming a professional Go player in 1996, Fan moved to France in 2000 and became the coach of the French national Go team in 2005.He was the European champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He additionally won the 2016 European Professional Go Championship.

Wu Hao

Born: 1996-07-06
                   1-dan:  2014-07-25

Ma Qingqing

Chinese professional.

Li Ting

Born: 1983 Beijing/China
Professional since: 2010
Association: Kansai Kiin

Ilya Shikshin
I started playing go when i was 5 in 1995.
My most notable results:
Seven times champion of Russia in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Three times champion of Europe in 2007, 2010, 2011
Three times winner of European Team Championship in 2011, 2012, 2014
Three times winner of European PairGo Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015
Got EGF 1-dan pro rank in 2015
Mateusz Surma

I was born on 3rd September 1995 in Rydultowy in the region of Silesia in Poland.
I started to play Go when I was six and half. My dad taught me.
In years 2009-2013 I was training Go in South Korea at schools: King’s Baduk Dojang, Yang Jae-Ho Baduk Dojang, Choong-Am Baduk Dojang.
I spent there altogether 2 years and 5 months. In Poland in middle school (Gimnazjum nr 1 w Rydultowach) and high school (Liceum nr 1 w Rydultowach) I had an individual study path. So, I’d been training in Korea for 3 months, then I was going back to Poland and had been studying to school at home. In middle school and high school I had one exam per subject after every term.

In 2014, after I passed “matura” (it’s an after-high-school-exam, kind of SAT, Abitur, etc.) I managed to qualify to study at the Rzeszow University of Technology at the faculty of aeronautics and space technology. I was about to go to pilotage (as the specialisation), but…

Go had hit me again.
16 people among amateurs with highest Go rating in Europe were invited for the PRO qualification tournament to Pisa to Italy in march 2015. I was in these 16, so I went there, managed to win this tournament and I’ve become first Polish player with the PRO title.

I’ve finished first year at the university. Even though, I had one of the highest average grades at the faculty and pretty high chance to get to pilotage, I took one year off, because I was invited to Beijing to Go school – Ge Yuhong Weiqi Academy. I’ve been training there for 3 months so far (September – December 2015).
Probably I won’t come back to my university studies, because I realised that Go – the oldest and most difficult board game of the world – is what I’m going to stay with.

My best achievments are:

1st place in European Youth Championship under 12 (2006, St.-Petersburg, Russia)
6th place in World Youth Championship under 12 (2006, Shenzhen, China)
1st place in European Youth Championship under 16 (2010, Sibiu, Romania)
6th place in World Youth Championship under 16 (2010, Magong, Taiwan)
1st place in European Youth Championship under 16 (2011, Brno, Czech Republic)
5th place in World Youth Championship under 16 (2011, Bucharest, Romania)
3rd place in European Championship (2013, Olsztyn, Poland)
1st place in European Professional Qualifications and obtaining PRO title as the first Polish player in history (2015, Pisa, Italy)
2nd place in 1st European Grand Slam (2015, Berlin, Germany)
2nd place in 2nd Silk Road Tournament (2015, Xi’an, China)

In years 2014, 2015 I managed to win Polish Championship.

Pavol Lisy

5 times Slovak Champion (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
3 times European U20 Champion (2011, 2013, 2015)
Winner of the 1st Qinling Mountains Cup, Xian, 2015

Got EGF 1-dan pro rank in 2014

Plays on KGS as "cheater"

Ali Jabarin

I'm a 20 year old engineering student from Tel-Aviv, I started playing go 8 years ago when a friend told me about the game, after playing online for a while I started going to tournaments, my most notable achievements were winning the European youth(U18) championship and placing top 10 in the EGC a couple times.
Other than go my hobbies have been playing the guitar(badly), reading (i work on and off in a bookstore) and playing other games like poker.
I hope that 50 years from now i will still be playing this game. .

Got EGF 1-dan pro rank in 2014

Artem Kachanovskyi
I was born in 1992 in Russia, Ufa city. I started to play Go when I was 6 or 7, I am not sure. My father taught me and my brother to play. At first I didn't want to play, but my brother was so excited about the game that soon I got involved too. We were studying Go together at first - my father, me and brother. Father helped us to understand complicated books which were mostly in russian language or sometimes just some diagrams without explanations. That period of studying Go together with my brother and father was great. Then I started to read Go books separately too, as father of course was busy with his regular job most of the time, and my interest was growing. By the way, my father is Go teacher now in School of intellectual games in a Rivne city.
At that time economical situation in Ukraine was at least not easy and what most of people were doing can be called surviving. My parents managed to save some money for me and my brother, and we were able to go for tournaments abroad. My first international tournament was in 2000, if I am not wrong, in a Prague - European Youth Go Championship. I was already 6 or 7 kyu at that time and somehow managed to take a 3rd place. Then next year we had one more interesting trip to Cannes, France, again to EYGC. That time I took 2nd place and went to World Youth Go Championship to Shanghai, China, where I somehow managed to take 4th place (luckily again, I cut off and killed a big group of taiwanese 5d).
There were many tournaments. Most notable success in adult category were 2nd place on European Go Congress in Finland, Tampere (2010) and 3rd place in Bordeaux, France (2011). And of course, becoming a 5th European Pro in 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany.
I work as a programmer but Go is my interest. I play on Tygem on weekends, try to study pro games and solve some problems after I come home from my job.
From professional players I like Kim Jiseok and Shi Yue.