Cristian Pop is a Romanian amateur 7 dan, and former insei. He is one of the strongest players in Europe.
Pop started playing go in school around the age of 15. In college he shared a room with Catalin Taranu, and they studied together. He moved to Japan in 1997 to become an insei, and studied under Saijo Masataka. After two years, he returned home to Romania.
Pop won the Romanian Championship six times, in 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
He represented Romania several times at the World Amateur Go Championship and his best result so far was 4th place in the 28th WAGC held in May 2007.
Pop won the European Ing Cup in 2003, and came second in both the European Ing and the European Fujitsu cup several times. He has also won many major European tournaments, including the October 2009 Kido Cup tournament in Germany.
Pop has a homepage where he offers Go lessons: http://www.goschool.resurse.com/index.php
He is once again teaching on KGS as Solaris.
Interview with Cristian Pop by 361points Blog.
Cristian (right) has a magic hat for special games (here he is playing against Rob van Zeijst 7d for the Toyota Denso Cup).
Pop has an extensive array of nicknames: P, Poppy, Popic, Popicu, Popica, Popescu, Popica-Grande and Papa-Popica-Grande.