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 school (subscription lectures) and founded the 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 letter sent to the official mailing list for EGF members, he explains the reasons for a move he would never make otherwise.
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