Hong Kong’s Chan Chihan granted Ranka a brief interview after winning his final game against Igor Popov in round 8.

Chan Chihan

Ranka: How do you feel about your results.
Chan Chihan: I lost two games to very strong opponents from China and Chinese Taipei and won all the rest, so I’m satisfied.

Ranka: What have you been doing for the past year?
Chan Chihan: I’ve been playing go online. I also take go lessons once a week, on Saturdays. My instructor is Yang Qinghwa, a 6-dan pro. He taught go in Singapore for 28 years. He was the first pro to teach there. I’ve also competed in a few tournaments. Hong Kong has more than ten go schools and more than twenty tournaments every year. I limit myself to the stronger tournaments.

Ranka: What is your best subject at school?
Chan Chihan: Math.

Ranka: Besides go, do you have any other extracurricular activities?
Chan Chihan: Yes, I play soccer at least three or four times a week.

Ranka: Do you have any future plans to become a professional player?
Chan Chihan: No, I’ll have to earn a living.

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