Mariya Zakharchenko

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Maria Zakharchenko
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Maria Zakharchenko, 2012
Full nameMaria Zakharchenko
Born (1995-02-16) February 16, 1995 (age 24)
Kyïv, Ukraine
ResidenceKyïv and Korea
Turned pro2012
Rank1 prodan
AffiliationHanguk Kiwon
Mariya Zakharchenko, 2012

Mariya Zakharchenko (born February 16, 1995, Kyiv) is a 1 dan professional Go player from Ukraine. She was awarded professional status by Hanguk Kiwon in 2012.

Go career[edit]


Mariya Zakharchenko began playing go in 2005, at the age of 9. She began to studying game in a Kyiv go club where she was coached by Yuri Plusch (5 dan). During a few years Mariya also participated in numerous Ukrainian, European and international amateur competitions.

By 2008 Zakharchenko had reached the rank of 4 dan and was subsequently invited by Mr Poong Jho Chun (9P) to study at a South Korean insei school for women, becoming a grade 5 insei by the end of the year.[1]

In 2009, Zakharchenko was promoted to class three insei after winning a series of games in promotional tournaments.[2] In 2011, Zakharchenko ranked among the top 12 female players in South Korea[3] In 2012, Zakharchenko reached first insei class and was subsequently promoted to 1 dan professional by Hanguk Kiwon.[4]

Maria Zakharchenko and Uyri Plusch playing at a pair go tournament in 2010

Mariya Zakharchenko went on to win 3 games out of her first 44 professional matches including:


  1. ^ "The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Ukrainian Baduk Player Lands 1st Professional Win". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  2. ^ "우크라이나 출신 마리야, 내년부터 '객원기사'". (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  3. ^ "[국내뉴스]국내뉴스[화제] 우크라이나 출신 마리아, 내년부터 객원기사로 출전!". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  4. ^ Alex Chelishev (2013-02-05), Maria Zakharchenko. The youngest European Go professional player!, retrieved 2016-02-16