Hayashi Kozo, 6p
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, 6p
Ohashi Hirofumi (born 1984) is a Nihon Ki-in professional Go player, 1-dan in 2002. He ist known as a creator of Tsumego and for his spectacular openings like The Black Hole on all four 7-7 points, The Milky Way and Orion’s belt
He was runner up in the 1st Okage in 2010, he visited the Go Congress 2012 in Bonn and 2016 in Saint-Petersburg. He is an exquisite piano player.
Catalin Taranu 5p
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
Taguchi Misei 1p
Taguchi Misei is a Kansai Ki-in professional Go player, 1-dan in 2012
Antti Törmänen 1p
Antti Törmänen, finnish citizen (born 1989) is a Nihon Ki-in professional Go player, 1-dan in 2016. He is expecting to publish a book on AlphaGo’s commented games in English this summer.
Yoon Young Sun 8p
Yoon Young Sun 8p is a Korean female professional Go player, now living in Hamburg, Germany. Yoon (8p) took the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Women’s Kuksu, as well as the 1st Haojue Cup . She is a most experienced teacher and autor of: „100 Tips for Amateur Players“ „Think like a Pro Haengma“ „Think Like a Pro Pae“
Inseong Hwang 8 dan (EGF)
Hwang In-seong is an 8 dan (EGF) amateur player, and former yeongusaeng. He was active as a game commentator on Baduk TV. He stayed in Germany in 2005/2006 and returned in 2009 after finishing his military service.
Since spring 2011 Hwang In-seong is the official teacher of the Swiss Go Association and teaches in Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva Go Club. In 2014 he moved to Grenoble, France becoming official teacher of the French go federation besides Fan Hui.
„Hello all EGC participants! I’m happy to join this event. I’m going to make lectures and reviews to help you enjoy this game even more! Hope to see many of you!”