Yoonyoung Kim, (김윤영, 金侖映) is a professional 8p Go player from Korea. She turned professional in 2007, and was promoted to 8p in 2019.
You can find informations many informations about her and her teaching at her website.
We interviewed her to find out a bit more about her!
When/where did you learn go?
When I was 5 years old, one of my friends told me he will go to a Go(Baduk) academy as of next week. There were more than 10.000 Go academies in Korea. He was a close friend and we hung out everyday, so I asked my parents if I could also join the Go academy with my friend. Finally I joined Go academy and I really enjoyed it, especially capturing stones. I have been totally into Go ever since that time. I never stopped playing Go and still love it. As one might expect, the friend who made me to start Go quit a few months later.
What do you like about Go?
Go is clearly a competitive game. When I was a teenager, the part I liked the most about this game was winning. Also I had to win many games in order to become a pro. But after becoming a pro, I started thinking differently. Go makes me consider what my opponent is thinking. When I play Go, I should try to guess why she/he played there. It made me understand other people’s thinking and try to understand people’s actions. Also I like the endless game Go, I have been practicing Go more than 20 years, but there are still new things, new moves, new variations. I can learn something from both losing or winning games. I can’t help but never stop studying.
What is your biggest go achievement?
My biggest go achievement is winning the Gold medal from 2010 Asian game in Guangzhou. I was a representative from Korea for Female team. In the final match versus China team it was 1:1 score, and when I won the last game, our Korean team got first place. The same year, I won the female Kisei title. In that tournament I beat a legendary player Rui Nai Wei 9p. After winning two events I promoted from 1p to 3p.
Other than that I qualified to a lot of international tournaments and as a representative for Korea. I studied in the Korean national team 2014-2017 February. I am still ranked in the top 10 female players in Korea.
Where do you live?
I was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea. But now I am living in Montreal, Canada since 2017. Ever since I became pro player, I was interested in spreading Go in the world. I used to teach in BIBA (Blackie & Diana’s International Baduk Academy) to learn English and teach Baduk.
I visited many Go clubs and events in Europe, Asia and North American countries. Finally I’ve been staying Montreal for 1 year.
I really appreciate teaching and sharing my knowledge of Go with many people.
If you are interested in online lessons please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org