Catalin Taranu

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Catalin Taranu's Nihon Ki-in photo

Catalin Taranu is a professional 5 dan, born March 31, 1973, at Gura Humorului, Romania. He is one of the few Western go professionals.

Taranu Started playing Go in 1989 at age 16, and reached 1 dan in after 1 year. Another year later he reached 4 dan amateur level. In 1996, at age 23, he went to Japan to become an insei. His teacher was Saijo Masataka. Two years later he reached professional 1 dan at the Nihon Kiin. As of June 2001, he is a 5 dan professional. He has since returned to Romania where he has opened his own [ext] school (subscription lectures) and founded the [ext] Saijo Club. He was President of the Romanian Go Federation from 2008 until 2011.

In 2014 Taranu challenged the European Go Federation by applying for its presidency. In a [ext] letter sent to the official mailing list for EGF members, he explains the reasons for a move he would never make otherwise.


Author of Top European Players Training

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Catalin Taranu last edited by on June 3, 2014 - 21:42
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