Belarus is a small country in Eastern Europe, It shares borders with 5 countries, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Siarhei Korbut from Mogilev, the third biggest city in Belarus, talked with Ranka after his game in round 5.
Ranka: Mr. Korbut representing Belarus, welcome. Is this your first time at the WAGC?
Korbut: Yes, it is. It’s my first time in Japan and actually it’s my first time in any kind of foreign competition.
Ranka: So, what do you think of this championship?
Korbut: Ah, it’s so big! I never played at anything like it in my country. I’m feeling constantly overwhelmed by new impressions and emotions.
Ranka: Does that make it difficult for you to concentrate and play a good game?
Korbut: No, I’m fine when I’m playing.
Ranka: What do you do in your home country?
Korbut: I’m a civil engineer, I build bridges, buildings and roads.
Ranka: Are there many players in Belarus?
Korbut: Not, less than 100. We had this one qualifying tournement which I won so here I am.
Ranka: Since when have you been playing?
Korbut: A little over 3 years. It’s a kind of interesting. I learned go online so the first year or something all my games were played on a go server. I remember that the first time I actually had to play using a real board there were a lot ofthings I didn’t know how to do.
Ranka: Do you have any other hobbies, besides go?
Korbut: Yes, I enjoy making photographs and play a little poker, too.
Ranka: Talking about go related matters, what will you be doing from now?
Korbut: Of course I want to play a good tournament here but my other goal is to make shodan as fast as possible. As I’m quite busy with my job that won’t be easy though I’m afraid.
Ranka: Thank you for your time and success in round 6