Cătălin Țăranu

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Cătălin Țăranu
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Full name Cătălin Țăranu
Kanji タラヌ・カタリン (katakana)
Born (1973-03-31) March 31, 1973 (age 44)
Romania, Romania
Teacher Saijo Masataka
Rank 7 dan
Affiliation Nihon Ki-in

Cătălin Țăranu (in Japanese: タラヌ・カタリン, Taranu Katarin), born March 31, 1973 in Romania, is one of the very few professional players of the board game of Go from outside Asia.

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Țăranu started learning go from Cristian Cobeli in 1989, at the age of 16. His first tournament was for players in the 10 to 4 Kyū range, when he was a 6 kyu. He won all eight games. He moved up to amateur 1 dan in a year, and just a year later moved up to 4 dan. He started winning small tournaments in Romania around this time. He was invited to Japan by Saijo Masataka in 1995. He quickly joined the Nagoya branch of the Nihon-Kiin and became an insei. After two years, he became the second European (after Manfred Wimmer from Austria in 1978) to pass the professional examination. It took Catalin just 4 years to reach 5p (5-dan professional).

He won the European Go Championship in 2008.

He was the president of the Romanian Go Federation for 2009 to 2011.

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