EGF Rank : 6D
My name is Jan Simara. I was born 1985 in Czech republic. At the age of 6 I started to play chess as my whole family. When I
was 14 I saw Go in a Chess camp where few Go players were too. I was very fascinated by this game but even I wanted so,
I didn't start to play it seriously, because it was too big step for me at the time. But 2 years later I finally left chess and started
to play Go! I improved rapidly until i reached 3-2kyu, after that i had quite a hard time (most propably because I was too agressive).
All of a sudden, I got the book called "Invincible" (the games of Shusaku) so I started to replay his games and read the comments.
I was very suprised how he could win many of his games by calm moves. Since that time I stopped to play overplays and tried to
play "ordinary", then I improved quite fast again. I replayed this book more than twice and after that I also studied other parts of
the game. About 2009 me and Ondrej Silt 6d lived in same city, so we arranged meetings quite often and have played hundreds
of games which gave me great experience and knowledge. After all I reached european 6.dan rank.
Year 2012 was very successful for me, I finished my university studies and won European championship! However it was very
hard to live just from playing Go in Europe, so I had to look for a regular job or figure out any other way to get money. I started
to study Poker and in the end of 2013 I got a job as a programmer and thats what I do until now. Obviously my shape in Go went
quite down, because there is not much time to study Go.
With this new CEGO projects, it seems there might be real pro system in Europe. If I get a chance, Im ready to work hard again.
So lets see how it goes :).
2008, China (Peking), World Mind Sports - team tournament 5-8 place
2011, Japan (Tokyo), Students World Championship - 7th place
2011, China (Peking), SportAccord World Mind Games - team EU 6th place
2012, Germany (Bonn), European championschip - 1st place