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Mihai SERBAN - 2005 European GO champion, under 12.
Born on 24 April 1994, in Bistrita (a small town in the North part
of Romania aprox. 100 km far from Vatra Dornei, place of birth of
Catalin), Mihai won in March 2005, at Kosice, his first title as
European champion, under 12.
In 2002, at 8 years old, he start to learn GO in school, with his
teacher Teodor Virtic. Mr Virtic is one of the authors of the project
"GO in school"; from 5 years GO is an optional discipline to study in
public schools in Romania. Children Palace from Bistrita is now one of
the main Romanian Go schools for children; 35 players from this club
participated at European competition, at Kosice.
Mihai is 2004's Romanian champion under 10 and won the first edition
of SAIJO CUP, October 2004, under 12, when he first met sensei Saijo
Masataka and Catalin Taranu. His first international participation was
in 2003 at European Youth Tournement, Cannes, France. Also, he is a good
"My dream is to go in Japan, study GO and become a professional player
as Catalin" declared Mihai in his first interview, he gave to me, for
the Romanian sport media.