Cao Dayuan 9p, China

1987 – Champion of New Sports Cup

1991 – Runner-up of Asian TV Cup

1994 – Champion of National Individual Competition
In the 9th China-Japan Super Match, he won Yamashiro Hiroshi 9P, Satoshi Kataoka 9P and Masao Kato 9P, and helped Chinese team achieve victory.

1995 – Champion of the 1st China Bawang Weiqi Championship

1996 – Champion of the 1st NEC Cup
Champion of CCTV Cup
Champion of Postal Savings Cup
Champion of the 6th Baosheng Cable Cup

1998 – Champion of CCTV Cup

2017 – Champion of the 1st World Senior Competition

Cho Hyeyeon 9p, Korea

Cho Hye-yeon 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 Yi Ch’ang-ho.”

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). Aside from her professional go career, Cho Hye-Yeon 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.

Yoon Young Sun 8p, Korea/Germany

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“.

Die Teilnahme von Yoon Young Sun 8P wird duch das großzügige Sponsoring der Firma ermöglicht.

Hayashi Kozo, 6p, Japan

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 2012 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, Japan

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 is very interested in Go-AI.

He was runner up in the 1st Okage in 2010, and he visited the Go Congress 2012 in Bonn and 2016 in Saint-Petersburg. He is an exquisite piano player.

Catalin Taranu, 5p, Romania/Japan

Learned Go at the age of 16 in 1989
1993 – Third place at the European Championship, promoted to 6 Dan 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 2

2007 until 2012
Currently coach of the Romanian National Team

Tang Yi 3p

Main achievements:

2002 – Woman Champion of the 1st Chinese Rookie Competition

2005 – Woman Champion of the 1st Fujitsu Cup U15 Junior Tournament

2007 – Woman Champion of the 3rd Fujitsu Cup U15 Junior Tournament
Champion of the 3rd Guodu Cup Women Elite Games
Champion of National Individual Competition

2008 – Champion of Women Team Event in the 1st World Mind Sports Games
Champion of Cheong-Kwan-Jan Cup World Women Tournament

2009 – Champion of the 3rd Chinese King of Women New Star Competition
Champion of National Individual Competition
Champion of the 4th Ricoh Cup Pair Go

2010 – Runner-up of Women Team Event in the Asian Games
Top 4 in the 1st Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup

2011 – Champion of Women fast game and Women Team Event in the 2nd World Mind Sports Games
Champion Team of the 1st Huanglongshi Jiayuan Cup
Runner-up of the 2nd Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup

2012 – Champion Team of the 2nd Huanglongshi Jiayuan Cup
Top 4 in the 3rd Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup

2013 – Runner-up Team of the 2nd Gexuan Huading Tea Cup
Top 4 in the 4th Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup
Runner-up Team of the 1st Chinese Women’s League A

2014 – Runner-up Team of the 2nd Chinese Women’s League A

Alexandr Dinerchtein 3p, Russia

Alexandre Dinerchtein is a Russian professional 3-dan Go player who became yeongusaeng (Korean version of an insei) in South Korea in 1997.

Dinerchtein became a professional shodan with the Hankuk Ki-won in 2002, 3-dan in 2008.

Alexandre had a major success in the first round of the 8th LG Cup (2003-2004): he defeated O Rissei 9p, Japanese Kisei titleholder.

Wu Hao 2p, China

Wu Hao 2p is a professional player from China, and a student from Shanghai International Studies University. he majors in translation, mainly Chinese-English.

Last year he was the interpreter of the chinese delegation in 60th EGC in St. Petersburg, and he gave English lectures and played simoutaneous games with the participants.

Taguchi Misei 1p, Japan

Taguchi Misei is a Kansai Ki-in professional Go player, 1-dan in 2012

Antti Törmänen 1p, Finnland/Japan

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.

Lee Eodeokdung 1p, Korea

Lee Eodeokdung, born in 1998 (age 19), became 1P in 2016.
He was vice champion of the 2014 Youth World Go Championship.

Li Ting 1p, China

Li Ting is a professional go player from China, who currently (as of January 2010) resides and plays in Austria. She played as an amateur 6d in Europe from 2007 until 2009, and was granted professional status by the Kansai Ki-in in January 2010, and was enacted in March 2010.

Ilya Shikshin 1p EGF Pro

Russian EGF-professional Go player since 2015 and 4-time European Champion.

Pavol Lisy 1p EGF Pro

Pavol Lisy is a Slovak professional 1 dan, who won his professional status in the first qualification tournament, which assigns professional status to top players in the European continent.

Ali Jabarin 1p EGF Pro

Ali Jabarin (b. 5-11-1993) is a professional 1d player from Israel, who achieved his pro rank in the 1st European Pro Qualification 2014.

Mateusz Surma 1p EGF Pro

Mateusz Surma (born 1995) is since 2015 a EGF-professional go player from Dzimierz, Poland. He spent over two years in Korean go schools, one of them being the Choong-am Dojang?. He came second in the first European Professional Go Championship in St. Petersburg in February 2016.

Artem Kachanovskyi 1p EGF Pro

Artem Kachanovskyj is a strong amateur player in the Ukraine and professional player of the EGF since march 2016.

Andrii Kravets 1p EGF Pro

Andrii Kravets, Ukraine, has been present amongst the top European players for a few years; he becomes in July 2017 the sixth professional player of the EGG.

Inseong Hwang 8 dan (EGF), Korea/France

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!”

Chimin Oh 7 dan (EGF), Korea/France

Oh Chi Min is an EGF 7 dan from Korea. He was trained as a Yunguseng for several years, during which he won a youth tournament (Samsung Card Cup 2000), and a national amateur championship (Daewang Cup 2002).

His teaching career began in Berlin in 2008.

He is currently living in Grenoble, France working as a co-teacher at Yunguseng Dojang, which was founded by Hwang Inseong 8 dan.

“Hello everyone! I am extremely happy to join the EGC as a teacher this year. I am getting weaker at playing, but stronger at teaching ^^ I look forward to seeing you in Oberhof soon!”

Further Guests

We are honoured with the presence of further professional Go players.

  • Muraoka Shigeyuki 9p, Japan
  • Muraoka Mika 4p, Japan
  • Mizuno Hiromi 5p, Japan
  • Lee Hajin 3p, Korea
  • Fan Hui 2p France
  • Meien Kurebayashi 2p, Japan