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Gareth Davis

Gareth has stayed few days at KBC (Hungary), afterwards he decided to continue his studies at BIBA. He stayed 1 year and 8 months in BIBA. He helped a lot with teaching English for visitors (professinal players or strong amateurs). Thank you.

KGS Account: -
Country: U.K.
Year Of Birth: 1986
Rank: 3k (we think about 1k-1d)
Trip Duration: 1 year 8 months
Gossip: Very diligent student, but one big problem with him, only plays good foot-volleyball, if he is with Blackie against Dia. :(

Hüsrev Aksüt

Has been playing since 2006.

KGS Account: Husrev
Country: Turkey
Year Of Birth: 1987
Rank: 2-3 dan
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip: Thomas's Master

Matt Mennie

Avid player of Baduk. Attended BIBA for one month, May 2012. In that time I improved considerably. I'm currently on the Canadian Go Association's executive board.

KGS Account: MarcoRosso
Country: Canada
Year Of Birth: 1988
Rank: 1 Dan
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Thomas Danel

I came to BIBA in October 2012, I was 5d at the time. Now about 7/8d. I'll try to be 9d in 2014 I hate self introduction... :D

KGS Account: suounegni
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 5d (7/8d Tygem)
Trip Duration: never leave......
Gossip:

Kerem Karaerkek

I am one of the first players in turkey and long time 2d. I am a mountain guide and I try to come to biba when I am not working.

KGS Account: baklava
Country: turkey
Year Of Birth: 1971
Rank: 2d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Jonathan Melcher

I'm 27, I've been playing Baduk since I was 18. I have a B.Sc. in Mathematics and will likely be a teacher when I return home to Canada. I also like poker, hunting, horseback riding, camping, etc. Korea's been a blast so far!

KGS Account: Aeroplane
Country: Canada
Year Of Birth: 1986
Rank: 5d/6d Tygem
Trip Duration: 2 flights of stairs
Gossip:

Andrew Simons

Started playing 2005. Came to BIBA to study Go, but stayed for a girl ;-). 2nd place in British Go Championship 2013.

KGS Account: Uberdude
Country: United Kingdom
Year Of Birth: 1985
Rank: 4d
Trip Duration: 2 months
Gossip:

Jean-Sébastien Lechasseur

I organized a trip to BIBA with four of my friends. It was a lifetime experience and I hope to go back soon. At BIBA, I learned how to study go. This is priceless because it helped me to keep improving when I came back to Canada. Right now, I'm the president of the Quebec Go Association and I'm doing a PhD in Number Theory at the University of Montreal.

KGS Account: JeansebL
Country: Canada
Year Of Birth: 1988
Rank: 5d
Trip Duration: 2.5 months
Gossip:

Yansai Noeysoongnoen

I liked my time in Korea, it was not just a place to study Go but I felt welcome as part of the BIBA family. Although I can't speak English well, I could communicate well with everyone because they tried to help me a lot. Thank you all. Now my English is improving =).

KGS Account:
Country: Thailand
Year Of Birth: 1987
Rank: 2d
Trip Duration: 6 months
Gossip:

Jimmy Koh

3 dan from Singapore, been playing Go for over 20 years :)

KGS Account: PinotNoir
Country: Singapore
Year Of Birth: 1973
Rank: 1d
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip:

Vorawat Tanapatsopol

I studied at BIBA for 1 month in 2011. Even though i stayed at BIBA only for 1 month but i gain many Baduk experience by getting a lecture from Blackie and also i can participate in many tournament and also observe some important professional tournament.So i can say that BIBA is a good starting point for foreigner Baduk player to study baduk seriously in Korea and I also want to go back and continue study Baduk at BIBA if i have an opportunity (Also money :P)

KGS Account:
Country: Thailand
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 5D
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Paphawin Inthanan / (Ton)

BIBA is the nice place to learn about baduk. There have a lot of good people and i like them. And when I went there, That made me know the Korean foods is very nice .... and the girls too. = w =''

KGS Account:
Country: Thailand
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank: 2D
Trip Duration: 1 Month
Gossip:

Patrick Pitters

Went to BIBA to experience Korea mainly and to study Go in advance, it was a great choice and i will try everything to get back as soon as i can. not only to meet up with all these great people around BIBA again and play baduk until im deadtired but also because it was just the best holiday i ever had. thank you so much to offer this dia and blackie.

KGS Account: XoXo88
Country: Germany
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 1d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip: is Patrick gonna be the 3rd? ;)

Bertan Bilen

have been playing since 2005. still trying to improve my game.

KGS Account: bertan
Country: Turkey
Year Of Birth: 1984
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: 2.5 months
Gossip:

Kanno Hiroki

I'm studying Baduk Studies at Myongji University in Korea. I was studied in BIBA for every weekend more than 1 year. I will stay in Korea 2 more years until I finish my degree.

KGS Account: Khiroki
Country: Hong Kong China
Year Of Birth: 1991
Rank: 5D (Tygem 7D)
Trip Duration: 4 years (every weeke
Gossip:

Zhang Xiang

Started learning Go in 1999. First 6d in Singapore. Went for various international competitions. Likes everything related to Korea and Japan. Blackie and Dia are both very nice people and I learnt a lot of them. Would like to go back and learn if possible. Likes to drink alcohol :)

KGS Account: Sadaharu
Country: Singapore
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 6d
Trip Duration: 3 weeks
Gossip:

Carlos Vladimiro González Zelaya

I'm from Mexico, got a MS in Mathematics. Love playing Baduk & Starcraft (I kinda suck at both, though). Love Korea, food is awesome. : )

KGS Account: fosil
Country: Mexico
Year Of Birth: 1981
Rank: 5d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Flora Ko

I am from Hong Kong! It was so fun to stay in BIBA and met a lot of great people there. To learn baduk and enjoy baduk!

KGS Account:
Country: Hong Kong
Year Of Birth: 1991
Rank: 2D
Trip Duration: 3 months weekend
Gossip:

Thomas Debarre

I'm 20 years old from France, and I've been playing go for about 12 years. I actually went to Korea for a tournament and since I was on holidays took the opportunity to go to the BIBA for 2 weeks since my friends Ali, Fredrik and Dusan were there. I had a great time there, it was a fantastic opportunity to get an idea of how a top pro thinks, and Korea is such a great country :)

KGS Account: rubik
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank: 6D
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip:

Alessandro Pace

Music is my life and Go is my way of think

KGS Account: Eidolon
Country: Italy
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip:

Artak Margaryan

I play baduk 10 years. Baduk is my hobby and I like it.

KGS Account: art89
Country: Armenia
Year Of Birth: 27.06.1989
Rank: 5k
Trip Duration: 20 days
Gossip:

Lucian Corlan

I love Korea

KGS Account: LucianC
Country: Romania
Year Of Birth: 1979
Rank: 5d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Dusan Mitic

hot, rich and single ...

KGS Account: shinobi90
Country: Serbia
Year Of Birth: 05.10.1990
Rank: 6d
Trip Duration: 5 months
Gossip:

Gabriel Benmergui

Argentinian bi-champion! Loved staying at BIBA and having fun in Korea.

KGS Account:
Country: Argentina
Year Of Birth: 1986
Rank:
Trip Duration:
Gossip:

Cory Paquet-Clouston

I went to BLackie's International Baduk Academy only for one month, but it had change the way I see Go. Why so? Because BIBA isn't about only remember this joseki by heart or that tesuji because this strong player played it, but more about how to think before playing a move. I believe these teaching helped me to improve more easily after coming back from Korea too. I am now studying electrical engineering in Montreal.

KGS Account: Houloulou
Country: Canada
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank: 1d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Niccolò Sgaravatti

Visited the school some days after the 35th WAGC, felt like if i had a family in Korea.

KGS Account: sgaravatti
Country: Italy
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 2k
Trip Duration: 4 Days
Gossip:

Frederic Streicher

Nothing special !

KGS Account: ikizukuri
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1978
Rank: 1k
Trip Duration:
Gossip:

Mehmet Barış Albayrak

I like to play baduk, eat bibimbap and drink soju.

KGS Account: -
Country: Turkey
Year Of Birth: 1978
Rank: 2d
Trip Duration: 3 weeks
Gossip:

Shawn Ray

I first came to BIBA at the end of May 2014. I am planning to stay until I become 9D. Although I have to work very hard, I really like BIBA and Korea. The Baduk atmosphere here is really great!

KGS Account: Clossius
Country: America
Year Of Birth: 9/16/91
Rank: 4D AGA
Trip Duration: Long time...
Gossip:

Vovodymyr Zubariev

I've start playing go in univercity in summer 2009. Month in BIBA was one of most exighting journey in my life, when I'm not only new many new about Go, but learn many about Korean culture and everyday life.

KGS Account: Vovka27
Country: Ukraine
Year Of Birth: 1988
Rank: 5k EGF
Trip Duration: 1m
Gossip:

Poh Xing Wei | 부범수

- Fluent in English and Chinese. - Able to converse in advanced Korean. - Studied Korean in Yonsei Korean Language Institute from 2013 Jun - 2014 Dec. - Has been playing Baduk since 2006. - Studied at BIBA for the month of 2011 Dec.

KGS Account: -
Country: Singapore
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: Singapore 3 Dan
Trip Duration: Dec 2011 only
Gossip:

Daniel Gourdeau

I learned to play at 10 years old and adopted an atypical style which carried me to the rank of 5-6d. My stay at BIBA was ideal to stabilize my understanding of the game and gave me the basis to continue improving on my own.

KGS Account: WhiteRawr
Country: Canada
Year Of Birth: May 7th 19
Rank: 6-7d
Trip Duration: 8 weeks
Gossip:

Santiago Tabares

is from Argentina. I started learning baduk in 2003. I visited Korea 3 times, and hope to return soon. I like cooking and love korean food! I'm back to study 2 months in BIBA, watch the Samsung World Masters Baduk Cup and play the KPMC in 2015.

KGS Account: petete
Country: Argentina
Year Of Birth: 1983
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: 2 months in the last
Gossip:

Issa dioume

Nicknamed the "black mamba" (fastest snake) by Dusan, was the youngest at the time, half african-half french. Eats a lot of bibimbap and ramen noodles

KGS Account:
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 18/04/1995
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: 10month
Gossip:

Thomas Carrel

Ashamed of his picture...

KGS Account: thenv
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 90
Rank: 1k
Trip Duration: 2 months
Gossip:

Chaow Charoensomsamai

I'm from Thailand,I love staying in Korea.Nice weather and food is quite good. BIBA is a very good place for practicing baduk lots of strong player and kids.

KGS Account: Bestkung12
Country: Thailand
Year Of Birth: 1998
Rank: 5D
Trip Duration: 2 months
Gossip:

Kira Cheng

I like Korea Baduk. After being BIBA full-time student,I improved a lot. BIBA teachers explains professional games and Baduk concepts cleanly so that I can understand easily. I study very hard everyday. If you want to have an improvement in Baduk, BIBA is probably your best choice!

KGS Account:
Country: Hong Kong
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank: 3D(Tygem 6D)
Trip Duration: 2 months
Gossip:

Ignacio Iglesis Lopez

I'm a player from Santiago de Chile and i came to BIBA to improve my go in two stones because i'm trying to be number 1 in my country. Right now im first or second dan in KGS and 3 dan Tygem.

KGS Account: Rayheart
Country: Chile
Year Of Birth: 1990
Rank: tygem 3D
Trip Duration: 3 months
Gossip:

Alberto Zingoni

I went to BIBA cam in Turkey in 2014, then I decided to come to Korea, I'm going to stay in BIBA for 4 months and I hope I can come back again in future to improve my baduk as much as possible.

KGS Account: Zing
Country: Italy
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 2d
Trip Duration: 4 months
Gossip:

Karadaban Denis

I am french student of 21 years old, I started go when I was 15. Since then I'm passionated by go, and coming to BIBA is the perfect occasion to improve and discover other country. I don't know yet when I'll leave BIBA. For now it's nice =)

KGS Account:
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1994
Rank: 4D
Trip Duration: unknown
Gossip:

david znaty

I'm a french guy, 23 years old, looking for something ... i don't know what. motivated for improving, i decided to come to biba, and i'm really not disappointed, this is far better than what i could hope for !! so if you are hesitating to come, pack your bag! yes now !

KGS Account:
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 1 Kyu
Trip Duration: 2 month
Gossip:

Jonathan Hop

Currently teaches at an International School in Qingdao. Started playing Baduk around 2004 by learning from a friend in college. Author of several books on Go, including the "So You Want to Play Go?" series. Studied Go in Korea for a year, and plays on Tygem as yithril (current rank Tygem 4 dan).

KGS Account: yithril
Country: United States
Year Of Birth: 1984
Rank: 4d
Trip Duration: 9 days
Gossip:

Jesy Feliccia

Hello, my name is Jesy and I am 23 years old. I've been playing baduk for almost 11 years and I really wanted to improve my baduk skills so I decided to study at BIBA. BIBA has been awesome and I have improved a lot (now Tygem 1 kyu) with the help of Blackie and Dia. I love studying baduk everyday!

KGS Account: jayjoseki
Country: United States of America
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 5 kyu AGA
Trip Duration: 6 months
Gossip:

Boris Bernadsky

About 1 dan. I practice Chinese Medicine, Martial Arts and Rock Climbing.

KGS Account: Megaboris
Country: US
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 1kyu
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Rémi Campagnie

Addicted to coffee,beer and baduk.

KGS Account: what is KG
Country: Franada
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank: Too weak
Trip Duration: 3 weeks
Gossip:

Gil Gekker

I'm a 21 Y.O. Israeli, Been playing Go for around 5 years on & off. I visited BIBA at summer 2015 for about 3 weeks. It was an amazing experience - on one hand, really fun, and on the other, I learned a lot about Go. I think the true benefit from coming to BIBA is twinfold - first, you get a palce where you can focus on Go without outside distractions, and more importantly, you learn how to learn and improve in Go. The latter is especially important for people who want to start getting better quickly or have been stuck at the same rank for a while. Overall, just come to BIBA!

KGS Account: ZeroWave
Country: Israel
Year Of Birth: 1994
Rank: 1 Dan
Trip Duration: 3 weeks
Gossip:

Alessandro Martinelli

Forza Roma!

KGS Account: SearonSlad
Country: Italy
Year Of Birth: 14/10/1990
Rank: 1d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Pau Carles

Veteran 3d player from Spain. Love Korea and BIBA!

KGS Account:
Country: Spain
Year Of Birth: 1976
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip:

Ron Lavi

Ron Lavi 4 dan go player. Lives in Israel.

KGS Account:
Country: Israel
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank: 4 dan
Trip Duration: 2 Months
Gossip:

George Mikadze

I like hamete

KGS Account: kissthesky
Country: Russia/Brazil/Nepal
Year Of Birth: 1983
Rank: 1d
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Amir Fragman

I was studying at BIBA for 2 months. It was a great experience. Israeli champion of 2015.

KGS Account: wade
Country: Israel
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 5d
Trip Duration: 2 months
Gossip:

Matti Heiskanen

I've been playing baduk on and off from 2005. I visited BIBA for a few weeks in 2016 when I was traveling.

KGS Account:
Country: Finland
Year Of Birth: 1983
Rank: 2 kyu EGF
Trip Duration: 3 weeks
Gossip:

Jonathan Lidor

Never in my life that I've improved so fast! Biba is no doubt the best school for non-asian out there :)

KGS Account:
Country: Israel
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 5D
Trip Duration:
Gossip:

Carl Schroter

I was in BIBA for 1 month and i guess i improved from 1d to 2d at that time ;). I really recommend BIBA to everyone that wants to get better !

KGS Account:
Country: Chile
Year Of Birth: 1988
Rank:
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Kivanc Doganay

I like soju, makgeolli, and ahh, the korean food is great :) Nowadays I am bumming around East Asia.

KGS Account: kivirch
Country: Turkey
Year Of Birth: 1983
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip:

Gilad ramati

A Software engineer that likes games

KGS Account: Whitepawn
Country: Israel
Year Of Birth: 24/05/1987
Rank: 1d
Trip Duration: 3 weeks
Gossip:

Pamela Tiong

I have known about Go for many years but only starting learning seriously in 2012 from a high dan. Ever since then, I really fell in love with Go. It helps me to grow as a person and understand myself better. Its complexity also helped me to be able to train my brain in terms of concentration and mental strength.

KGS Account:
Country: Singapore
Year Of Birth: 1989
Rank: 2D
Trip Duration:
Gossip:

César Lextrait

hello

KGS Account: isbhal
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1996
Rank: 3d
Trip Duration: Don't know yet
Gossip:

Tim Arsenov

Hi! My name is Tim, I'm from Russia. I was in a lot of countries, but after this trip Korea became my favourite! I very like all my teachers there, thank you very much! I surely will visit BIBA again.

KGS Account: WhiteWidow
Country: Russia
Year Of Birth: 1996
Rank: 2d
Trip Duration: 2 months
Gossip:

Hugo

I am from Hong Kong and I studied in BIBA for 1 week this summer. Definitely a fruitful and unforgettable experience for me. I am already planning my next trip to BIBA again!

KGS Account:
Country: Hong Kong
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank:
Trip Duration: 1 week
Gossip:

Emanuele Aliberti

Baduk is my passion ... And Korea and BIBA are my second home, one of the best moment in my life. I improved so much and not only in Baduk :) :) :) Thank Dia and Blackie ... Hope I can see you soon !!!

KGS Account:
Country: Italy
Year Of Birth: 1982
Rank: 5 kyu
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Wichrich karuehawanit

Hi my nickname is maximilian but you can call me max like everyone say

KGS Account: Maxwich
Country: Thailand
Year Of Birth: 2000
Rank: 4d
Trip Duration: 1week
Gossip:

Oleg Kainov

I'm a software engineer from Nizhny Novgorod and I think it's a great opportunity to study Baduk in Korea with so skillful players as Blackie, Dia and the other BIBA students. I'm here for a short time but still I hope it will be useful to improve the level.

KGS Account:
Country: Russia
Year Of Birth: 1993
Rank:
Trip Duration: 2 weeks
Gossip:

Falk

I'm a cognitive science student from Osnabrück, Germany that currently works on a 13*13 Go bot. I came to Korea to get a direct taste of the baduk world and of course improve my skill, which I both find to have a great opportunity for here. Baduk has a somewhat mathematical beauty that I strive to achieve to in having more dynamic and creative games.

KGS Account: notthere
Country: Germany
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 1d kgs
Trip Duration: 3 months
Gossip:

Francisco M. d'Albuquerque

I came to BIBA to train before playing at KPMC as the representative of my country. I stayed for 3 months, in which I had the chance to get to know the culture and travel around. At BIBA I learned a different approach to Baduk and to the understanding of a professional point of view, as well as a more dedicated way of study. I will continue to pursue the path to improve Baduk in my region. I'm looking forward to a BIBA branch in South America ;)

KGS Account:
Country: Argentina
Year Of Birth: 13-02-1996
Rank: 2 dan
Trip Duration: 3 months
Gossip:

Setthapong Aphimongkhonlert(Tee)

i am a 4 dan player from Thailand, been playing since 2011....it's a good experience studying in BIBA, it is a good place to study baduk, everyone is friendly here.

KGS Account: falnts
Country: Thailand
Year Of Birth: 1995 aug 3
Rank: 4 dan
Trip Duration: 1 month
Gossip:

Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia

I'm awesome...

KGS Account: ben0
Country: France
Year Of Birth: 1992
Rank: 6d
Trip Duration: 5/6 months
Gossip: