Professional players and strong amateur teachers are just as inseparable from the European Go Congress as the attendees themselves.
Below you will find all the information regarding our VIPs, including how long they will be staying during the event, and what you can expect from them. Please scroll down to see each person's detailed profile page.
|Surname, first name (alphabetical)||Rank||Country of origin/residence||Duration of stay||Activities|
|Guo, Juan||5p||China/Netherlands||27 July – 12 August||General teaching activities, including lectures for Silver and Gold EGC Friends only|
|Hayashi, Kozo||6p||Japan||28 July – 12 August||General teaching activities|
|Hwang, Inseong||8d||South Korea/Switzerland||1 August – 8 August||Five lectures, open to everyone|
|Jabarin, Ali||1p||Israel||27 July – 12 August||Competing in European Championship; reviews during second week|
|Kachanovskyi, Artem||1p||Ukraine||27 July – 12 August||Competing in European Championship; reviews during second week|
|Kravets, Andrii||1p||Ukraine||27 July – 12 August||Competing in European Championship; reviews during second week|
|Lisy, Pavol||2p||Slovakia||27 July – 12 August||Competing in European Championship; reviews during second week|
|Maeda, Ryo||6p||Japan||30 July – 3 August||General teaching activities|
|Oh, Chimin||7d||South Korea/France||27 July – 12 August||Competing in the Open European Championship; lectures; reviews; simultaneous games|
|Shikshin, Ilya||2p||Russia||27 July – 12 August||Competing in European Championship; reviews during second week|
|Shinkai, Hiroko||5p||Japan||30 July – 12 August||General teaching activities|
|Shiraishi, Kyoko||4p||Japan||28 July – 11 August||General teaching activities|
|Surma, Mateusz||1p||Poland||27 July – 12 August||Competing in European Championship; reviews during second week|
|Țăranu, Cătălin||5p||Romania||27 July – 4 August||General teaching activities|
|Törmänen, Antti||1p||Finland/Japan||27 July – 6 August||Lectures; reviews; simultaneous games|
|Yanagisawa, Satoshi||5p||Japan||6 August – 12 August||General teaching activities|
The official representatives from Asian Go organisations are Lu Jian 5p and Hu Yaoyu 8p from the Chinese Wéiqì Association; Cătălin Țăranu 5p and Yanagisawa Satoshi 5p from Nihon Ki-in; Hayashi Kozo 6p and Shiraishi Kyoko 4p from Kansai Ki-in; Cho Hye-yeon 9p and Cho Yeon-woo from the Korean Baduk Association.
Guo Juan is a Chinese professional 5 dan, living in the Netherlands since 1990 and shaping the Go community with frequent teaching appearances throughout Europe. She is running Guo Juan's Internet Go School, alongside her fiancée Darrell Malick, who will also attend. The school is a co-sponsor of EGC 2018. Services offered through their site:
- More than 1,100 pre-recorded professional Go lectures
- More than 4,000 Go problems in the Training System
- Online Go school
Outside of general teaching activities, Guo Juan will be hosting private teaching games as a special perk for Silver and Gold EGC Friends. She will also be giving a live demonstration of her online Training System.
Hayashi Kozo is a Japanese professional 6 dan and pupil of Hashimoto Shoji 9p. Mr. Hayashi will visit us as an official represenative of the Go organisation Kansai Ki-in.
During his many visits to European Go Congresses in the past 10 years, Mr. Hayashi has become one of the most popular teachers for his approachability and good nature. If you're looking to find his lectures, the sound of traditional songs from the Ryukyu islands might lead the way. He is an avid player of the shamisen (traditional Japanese lute) and he enjoys archery in his spare time.
Hwang Inseong is a Korean amateur 8 dan and former yeongusaeng. After an active career as a commentator on Baduk TV, he has made his home in many countries throughout Europe, serving as official teacher for both the French and Swiss Go Associations. He placed second at the European Go Congress 2009 in Groningen, Netherlands, among many other successful tournament results. Since 2011, he has been running his online school Yunguseng Dojang. He offers:
- Regular tournament games against other students, with personal reviews
- Live, interactive lessons
- Video archive of past lessons, available anytime
- Summary/review of progress throughout each season
- Various competitive games
Inseong will be hosting five lectures during his stay at EGC 2018. Please note: these lectures have been very popular in the past, so you may want to come early to make sure you still get a seat!
|Jabarin, Ali 1p||Kachanovskyi, Artem 1p||Kravets, Andrii 1p||Lisy, Pavol 2p||Shikshin, Ilya 2p (current European Champion)||Surma, Mateusz 1p|
The European professional players are a special source of pride for the European Go Federation, and of course we are excited to welcome them here at the European Go Congress once again. Since the start of the European professional Go system, many outstanding young talents have been able to qualify, the most recent addition being Andrii Kravets 1p from Ukraine.
Ilya Shikshin and Pavol Lisy are the only professional 2 dan players in the European system to date; Ilya was promoted last year for his excellent results after he won the European Championship at EGC 2017 in Oberhof. This marked his fourth win for the European Championship, but he will still have to work hard to defend his title this year. Pavol was promoted after the Chunlan Cup.
The European professionals won't just be competing, though – during the second congress week, every day for 3 hours a different EGF pro will be available for your game reviews.
Maeda Ryo is a Japanese professional 6 dan with Kansai Ki-in. He is one of the main organisers of Osaka Go Camp, taking place 12 June – 12 July. So if you happen to be there, you can already get acquainted with Mr. Maeda! He has also been a frequent visitor to the US Go Congress, so we are very happy to welcome him in Europe this time.
Oh Chimin is a Korean amateur 7 dan and former yeongusaeng. He was working as a teacher at "Blackie's" International Baduk Academy and Event coordinator at the Korean Baduk Association in Seoul, South Korea, before he moved to Europe and eventually settled in France. He currently works as a teacher for Yunguseng Dojang (for more details, see Inseong's profile above).
Shinkai Hiroko is a Japanese professional 5 dan with Nihon Ki-in. She will be available for general teaching.
Shiraishi Kyoko is a Japanese professional 4 dan. She will visit us as an official represenative of the Go organisation Kansai Ki-in. Ms. Shiraishi will also be available for general teaching.
Catalin Taranu is a Romanian professional 5 dan. He will visit us as an official representative of the Go organisation Nihon Ki-in. In the mid-1990 Mr. Taranu was a student to Masataka Saijo 8p and became the second European professional through the Japanese Insei program. He is no stranger to the EGC either, having won the European Championship 10 years ago in Leksand, Sweden. This time, however, he will merely be available for general teaching.
Antti Törmänen is a Finnish professional 1 dan with Nihon Ki-in. Instead of pursuing a career within the EGF, he went to Japan and passed the Insei exam in 2015. He is the first Western player to accomplish this with the Nihon Ki-in since the promotion of Hans Pietsch 4p (Germany) in 1997.
[Aside: Francis Meyer (USA) was promoted 1p in 2014 by Nihon Ki-in's sister organisation Kansai Ki-in.]
Mr. Törmänen has published his first book "Invisible: The Games of AlphaGo" with Hebsacker Verlag, collecting 78 AlphaGo games, 73 of which received professional commentary.
Yanagisawa Satoshi is a Japanese professional 5 dan. He will visit us as a representative of the Go organisation Nihon Ki-in. Mr. Yanagisawa will also be available for general teaching. If you can read Japanese, you can read his personal blog here.