Cătălin Țăranu

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Cătălin Țăranu
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Full nameCătălin Țăranu
Kanjiタラヌ・カタリン (katakana)
Born (1973-03-31) March 31, 1973 (age 50)
Romania, Romania
TeacherSaijo Masataka
Rank5 p
AffiliationNihon 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.


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 Cătălin 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 from 2009 to 2011.


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