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 the strength of amateur 1 dan after just 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. Somewhat notably, he won his initial exhibition game (points handicap) as a 1 dan professional with a 9 dan professional.
In 2014 Taranu ran for the European Go Federation 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. In 2015 he started to teach online for the EGF in the EGF Academy.
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