Name: Lukas Podpera
Strength: 7 dan EGF
Available languages: English, Czech
Price per 1h (60 minutes): 14,40 euro
Career and achievements as a player:
My name is Lukas Podpera. With my current rank of 7-dan I'm the strongest player in Czechia. I was born on 4th February 1995 in Prague.
My dad taught me to play Go, when I was 7 years old. The game became the main part of my life very soon and I was improving very fast. When I was 12, I have already become a dan-player and participated in Czech Championship finals. Then my improvement slowed a little bit, but I started to improve again soon mainly thanks to Vladimir Danek and I finished on 6th place on World Youth Championship 2010. I realized at that time, that I would like become a professional player, so I started to train Go also in Asia. For example in 2012 and 2013 I stayed two times one month in Choong-Am Baduk Dojang in Seoul. In 2013 I became the Czech Champion for the first time and also was a member of the Czech Team, which won the European Team Championship. At the end of my youth career I won European Youth Championship twice in 2012 and 2014. In 2014 I was already very close to become an EGF professional player, but very unluckily lost the final game. However, since then I'm part of the European top players' community and Czech player no.1. Another good success was my 6th place on World Amateur Championship 2014.
I got an opportunity to join CEGO programme and was invited to Beijing to study in Ge Yuhong Weiqi Daochang, where I stayed from September 2014 to February 2015. Studying there gave me new inspirations and experiences in Go. The following year 2016 was the most successful for me so far. As the first Czech player ever I have achieved a rank of 7-dan. I participated in the European Grand Slam Tournament. And mainly got my best achievement so far – bronze medal on European Championship. My most recent valuable tournament victory happened this March on Kedros Cup in Bratislava, where I managed to beat two EGF professionals.
My best achievements:
3x Czech Champion (2013, 2015, 2018)
3x Czech Go Baron (2015, 2016, 2017)
1st place on Kedros Cup (Bratislava, 2018)
3rd place on European Championship (2016, St. Peteresburg, Russia)
2x European Youth Go Champion under 20 (2012, St. Petersburg, Russia and 2014, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom)
4th place on European Youth Championship under 16 (2010, Sibiu, Romania)
4th place on European Youth Championship under 12 (2006, St. Peteresburg, Russia)
3 participations on World Amateur Championship: 11th place (2012, Guangzhou, China), 6th place (2014, Gyeongju, Korea), 10th place (2017, Guiyang, China)
3 participations on Korea Prime Minister Cup: 14th place (2012, Gwangju, Korea), 9th place (2014, Seoul, Korea), 8th place (2017, Buan, Korea)
5th place on Silk Road Tournament (2015, Xian, China)
6th place on World Youth Championship under 16 (2010, Magong, Taiwan)
Career and achievements as a trainer:
Since 2010 giving lectures in my home Go club Weiqi Club Prague and teaching kids in Prague elementary schools.
One of the main teachers on Czech Go Camps since 2014.
Since 2015 teaching and coaching the Czech Youth Team.
Since 2015 started an online teaching on KGS open to everyone.
Recently invited to Jyvaskyla (Finland) to have a 3-days workshop there, which turned out to be a big success.
Suggested style of classes:
Teaching game with a student, including a review.
Game-reviews of the student. Focusing mainly on the weak parts of the game, where the student has difficulties.
Lesson on any kind of topic suggested by either the student or the teacher.
Suggested time per one lesson:
1,5 hours (90 minutes)
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