European Students Team

Number 1
Name Bende Barcza
Age 8
Rank 7k
Nationality  Hungary
My friendship with go has started less than a year ago in a board game club, but it quickly became a major part of my life. I play a quick game before going to school in the morning, games in the afternoon and finish my day with tsumego problems in bed. I cross my fingers to get a “go camp” as a present for my birthday :)

Currently, I am the strongest player in Hungary in U12 category, achieved 3rd and 4th place at Seygo tournaments in U12 this year.

My life beyond go is also about fencing, playing various board games, chess, and draughts. 

Number 2
Name Mariia Chernova
Age 11
Rank 4k
Nationality  Ukraine
Hi, I'm Mariia from Ukraine.
I'm 11 years old. I study at the International Relations Lyceum, Kyiv.
I started to play Go in 2017.
I like traveling, horse riding and, of course, playing Go.

Number 3
Name Tymoteusz Barcicki
Age 11
Rank 3k
Nationality  Poland
I'm a 5th grade student from Poland.
I like solving puzzles and Rubik's cube.
I love Minecraft and Go.

Number 4
Name Zuzana Králiková
Age 23
Rank 2k
Nationality  Slovakia
I am in the last year of the University of veterinary medicine in Košice. I come from a family where everybody plays Go and I started to play at the age of 12. It was mostly my father who kept me enthusiastic about Go when I was little. I like moyo style and I usually play on influence.

Number 5
Name Thomas Bradbury
Age 20
Rank 2k
Nationality  Great Britain
My name is Tom and I am currently 20 years old, and I started playing go when I was 14. In 2018 I won the British youth championship, but since starting university I have had to stop studying go as much as I used to. I still go to the go club in Manchester in the UK as much as I can and continue to play online. Outside of go I enjoy climbing and bouldering as well as travelling.

Number 6
Name Boris Dovčík
Age 21
Rank 1d
Nationality  Slovakia
I am a student at the Technical University of Košice. I discovered Go by coincidence in 2018 watching a movie and I became very interested in it. Soon I started to watch Go lectures on youtube and also to play online on 9x9 and a year later 19x19.

Number 7
Name Adriana Tomšů
Age 22
Rank 2d
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.

Number 8
Name Ariane Ougier
Age 22
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.
European female champion.

Number 9
Name Viacheslav Kajmin
Age 20
Rank 6d
Nationality  Russia
I am playing go since 2006, my coach taught me, when I was 6 years old. Biggest achievements of mine for a long time were two consequenced 3rd places in EYGC u16 in 2013 and 2014, and then 3 victories in 2015, 2016 and, in u20 category already, in 2017. As a joke, sometimes I tell, my biggest success is winning Russian Students Team Championship in a team of MIPT, because to achieve this result I had to study well and graduate to this very strong university. Though at same point later I got downgraded to another university (Moscow Aviation Institute), which gives me more time to study go and do other go-related stuff, which I find the most important thing in my life now.

Number 10
Name Lukáš Podpěra
Age 26
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.

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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