Mariya Zakharchenko(Korean insei)
Maria is 16 years old Ukrainian girl, who stayed in Korea for several years as a student of vic1000 on KGS (Chun Pungjho, 8p). She is in Kiev currently, but plans to return back to Korea and study Go again after 2 months
but , of course, she is much stronger now. Maria played her last rated EGF tournament in 2009.
She plays as baduk1 on WBaduk and has 18-2 score.
We played each other yesterday (during my simultaneous on 3 boards) and I was suprised to see her current level. It seems that she is not weaker than other Ukrainian 4-6d players. Artem (artem92 on KGS) is of course stronger, but I don't think that other Ukrainian players can beat her easily.
Svetlana Shikshina (redrose on KGS) started to learn Go in Korea as an insei at the age of 17 (as Russian 4-5d). Maria started 2-3 years earlier as 1d.
As you know, it's very important to start early! I feel that in few years Maria can improve a lot and she can become a hard opponent even for top European male players!
About our game: Black was too much afraid of me, it seems. I saw too many defensive moves. But anyway, it was not an easy game for me.
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