Western Professionals

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Non-Asian players that have received professional ranks from Asian professional go associations:

Name Nationality Pro since Affiliation Most recent rank (Year) Status
Manfred Wimmer Austria 1978 Kansai Ki-in, Japan 2 dan (1978) deceased
James Kerwin United States 1978 Nihon Ki-in, Japan 1 dan teaching
Michael Redmond United States 1981 Nihon Ki-in 9 dan (2000) active[1]
Janice Kim United States 1987 Hankuk Kiwon, South Korea 3 dan (2003) teaching
Catalin Taranu Romania 1997 Nihon Ki-in 5 dan (2001) teaching
Hans Pietsch Germany 1997 Nihon Ki-in 4 dan (2000, at time of death),
6 dan (2003, posthumously)
deceased
Alexandre Dinerchtein Russia 2002 Hankuk Kiwon 3 dan (2008) teaching
Svetlana Shikshina Russia 2002 Hankuk Kiwon 3 dan (2008) teaching
Diana Koszegi Hungary 2008 Hankuk Kiwon 1 dan active / teaching
Joanne Missingham Australia/Taiwan 2008 Taiwan Qiyuan, Taiwan
(pro qualification through the Zhongguo Qiyuan, China)
6 dan (2012) active
Mariya Zakharchenko Ukraine 2012 Hankuk Kiwon 1 dan active
Francis Meyer United States 2014 Kansai Ki-in 1 dan active
Antti Tormanen Finland 2016 Nihon Ki-in 1 dan active[2]

Non-Asian players that have received professional ranks from Non-Asian professional go associations:

Name Nationality Pro since Affiliation Most recent rank (Year) Status
Artem Kachanovskyi Ukraine 2016 EGF 1 dan 2016 active
Eric Lui USA 2016 AGA 1 dan 2016 active
Mateusz Surma Poland 2015 EGF 1 dan 2015 active
Ilya Shikshin Russia 2015 EGF 1 dan 2015 active
Ryan Li Canada 2015 AGA 1 dan 2015 active
Pavol Lisy Slovakia 2014 EGF 1 dan 2014 active
Ali Jabarin Israel 2014 EGF 1 dan 2014 active
Calvin Sun USA 2013 AGA 1 dan 2015 active
Gansheng Shi Canada 2012 AGA 1 dan 2015 active
Andy Liu USA 2012 AGA 1 dan 2015 active

Some of these are professionals residing outside Asia as well. Quite a few non-Asian amateur players have also been insei for a time.


[1] Active refers to activity in tournaments of the professional organisation(s). Those listed as teaching often still play in open or amateur tournaments in the US or Europe and occasionally as national or continental representatives in international championships.

[2]Newspaper announcement on Tormanen: [ext] http://mainichi.jp/articles/20151208/k00/00m/040/037000c

See also: AgaProfessionals and EuropeanProfessionalSystem


Western Professionals last edited by 80.6.183.4 on May 19, 2016 - 15:08
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