Chen Cheng-Hsun (photo by John Pinkerton)

After round 8 and before the anti-doping tests, Ranka managed to catch third-place finisher Chen Cheng-Hsun of Chinese Taipei for a short interview.

Ranka: What are your thoughts about this tournament?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: Well. I am not satisfied with my results. I do not think I played well. The clocks made me nervous, especially the beep tones. So did the crowd of people around my table and the noise they made.

Ranka: We noticed that you have been coughing. Were you feeling well during the games?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: No, I caught a cold when I arrived here. To avoid any questions in the anti-doping test, I did not take any medicine. To be honest, I don’t think it is necessary for go players to take anti-doping tests.

Ranka: What did you think of your eight opponents?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: The Chinese and Korean players are very strong.

Ranka: Do you remember the very first go tournament that you ever played in, and what was the result of it?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: That was a rating tournament in Taiwan. My memory of it is vague because I was only five years old at that time, and 20 kyu. It was shortly after I began learning go. I won first place.

Ranka: We hear that now you are ranked first among all amateur go players in Taiwan. Is that correct?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: Yes. I won the Taiwan Amateur Go Tournament in 2010 and 2011.

Ranka: You must have quite a collection of championship cups.
Chen Cheng-Hsun: About fifty.

Ranka: That’s a lot. Do you plan to become a professional player later?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: I plan to take that step next July, in mainland China instead of Taiwan.

Ranka: Why?
Chen Cheng-Hsun: I like to take on challenges. There are many more strong players in mainland China than in Taiwan. There I will have more chances to meet them and improve myself by playing against them.

Ranka: Thank you! And good luck in the future.

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