European Students Team

Number 1
Name Anna Melnyk
Age 11
Rank 2k
Nationality  Ukraine
I study at the International Relations Lyceum number 51 in Kyiv. I'm a pupil of the 6th form.

I'm an 11-year-old Ukrainian Go player. I learned how to play Go in January 2016, but started to study only after European Woman's Go Championship 2017.

My best achievements are:

1st place among girls on EYGC U12 2019 & 2020
1st place on Ukrainian Youth Go Championship U12 2019

I love Go(◍•ᴗ•◍)
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Number 2
Name Adriana Tomsu
Age 21
Rank 1k
Nationality  Czechia
I study diplomacy at Charles University in Prague.

I learned to play Go at the age of 13. My uncle was an enthusiast for each board game in the world and one day he showed me also Go. I was fascinated by the game and I started to visit the local go club where I lately found my first sensei.

My best tournament results are the following ones: Czech Youth champion 2015 & 2016 & 2017, Czech Female champion 2018, Represented Europe at the World Students Pair Go Championship 2018 & 2019.
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Number 3
Name Davide Bernardis
Age 14
Rank 2d
Nationality  Italy
I study at the Liceo of Applied Sciences.
I'm a 14-year-old Italian Go player. Since I started to play Go, in January 2016, my life perspective has changed: Go is something I live inside, it has become part of my way of thinking, memorizing sequences, forecasting directions and strategies. I really love playing Go and I try to learn something from every game I play.
Number 4
Name Ariane Ougier
Age 21
Rank 4d
Nationality  France
I'm a 3rd year psychology student and I study at the "Université Grenoble Alpes" (UGA).

I started Go 10 years ago when I was 11.
My best tournament results are the following ones:
5 times French youth champion.
2 times French female champion.
Currently European female champion.

Number 5
Name Andreas Goetzfried
Age 30
Rank 4d
Nationality Luxembourg
I graduated from the University of Luxembourg.

My name is Andreas Götzfried. I am 30 years old. I have started playing Go about 15 years ago.

I have been participating in many tournaments around Europe since my early carrier. It is the first time I have been participating in this kind of competition.

I am looking forward to our games.

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Number 6
Name Alessandro Pace
Age 28
Rank 4d
Nationality Italy
I study at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
I am a professional musician: flutist, pianist, and composer. I believe Go is more an art than a game; if so maybe is connected with music too, I like to think that when I'm playing concerts I am studying Go too (but then I lose and I start to do tsumego again). I always dress in yellow.

Number 7
Name Benjamin Drean-Guenaizia
Age 27
Rank 6d
Nationality  France
I graduated from the Normandy Business School, France in 2018 with a Master's Degree in International Marketing.

I'm Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia, 27 years old from France.
I started playing Go at the age of 13, in the Go Club of my hometown in Concarneau.
I reached 3d level after 3 years of playing, then I took a break from the game for 2 years. After that, I started playing more and reached 6d level.
My best achievements so far have been French Go Champion in 2017&2019.
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Number 8
Name Lukas Podpera
Age 25
Rank 7d
Nationality  Czechia
I studied Chinese Philology at Palacky University in Olomouc, and Geography and Cartography at Charles University in Prague.

Dreaming of becoming a pro since childhood, lost two times in European Pro Qualification's final, still keep trying.
3rd places on European Championships 2016 and 2019.
6th place on World Amateur Championship 2014.
European Youth U20 Champion 2012 and 2014.
European Team Champion 2013 with Czechia.
Czech Go Champion 2013, 2016, 2018.
Czech Go Baron 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019.
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Number 9
Name Stanislaw Frejlak
Age 23
Rank 7d
Nationality  Poland
I am a student at the University of Warsaw, studying mathematics and cognitive science.

My achievements:
Polish Champion 2012, 2017, 2019.
4th place in the 39th World Amateur Go Championship in Tokyo, May 2018.
4th place in the European Championship 2019.
3rd place in the European Grand Prix Finale 2019.

Number 10
Name Tanguy Le Calve
Age 25
Rank 1p
Nationality  France
I learned to play Go at 12, when reading Hikaru No Go, I realized the piece of wood that was in my room was an actual goban my father bought in the 60's.
       I found dusty stones in the attic but no one knew how to play in my family so I decided to play on KGS. It ended up being thousands of games.
       I played a lot of tournaments and made many friends on the way, and now it's the main reason I still continue to play, apart from my love of the game.
       In 2015, I had the opportunity to study in China with the CEGO program, and I decided to take Go seriously. It was an amazing experience, and I felt I came back much stronger.
       Since then, I continued competition actively, but I also focused much more on teaching, after I discovered it is something I really enjoy.
       I've been teaching in the French Summer camp for 7 years, and Youth French camp for 3 years.
Go Teacher is now my full-time job. You can find my personal website here.
       Besides this, I love playing music (guitar, piano), coinche, and having fun in Go tournaments.

My recent achievements:
  • 2018 - Pandanet Go European Team Championship 2nd place, French Open 2nd place, Amsterdam International Go Tournament  2nd place
  • 2019 - Became 1 dan pro, Pandanet Go European Team Championship 1st place
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Number 11
Name Artem Kachanovskyi
Age 27
Rank 2p
Nationality  Ukraine
I graduated from the National University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute". I studied computer science.

I learned to play Go at the age of 7. My father read about the game in a newspaper and then he taught me and my brother to play. At first I visited a local Go club. After I got stronger than my teacher (3 kyu), I studied the game alone.

Latest achievements:
2017 - European Grand Slam 1st place, European Championship 3rd place.
2018 - European Grand Prix final 2nd place, European Professional Championship 3rd place, Pandanet Go European Team Championship 3rd place
2019 - European Grand Prix final 3rd place, European Professional Championship 1st place, European Grand Slam 2nd place, Pandanet Go European Team Championship 3rd place, European Championship 2nd place, Silk Road Tournament 1st place.
2020 - European Grand Prix final 2nd place
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