In Conversation with Artem Kachanovskyy 7D
Kachanovskyy 7D is one of the strongest players in Europe. He is well known on
KGS as artem92, and earlier this year
he was 8d there.
he has not played much online recently, and two days ago he was demoted to 6d
after losing to ben00 6d... I asked
Artem if that makes him the strongest KGS 6d ever, but he said "no way! :)".
following was not intended to be an interview for publishing, but rather just a
friendly conversation with Artem.
his reflections on his personal struggles were so interesting that I asked him
permission to share them with GoSensations readers.
(Slightly adapted to fit the format)
Artem Kachanovskyy: It's a very nice thing to lose games. Won
games are not so interesting :)
DT: I like your positive spirit...
AK: But of
course, from the point of view of feeling, it's not comfortable to lose ... Anyway, it's nice to play on KGS. I have to say, it's not only Tygem that has
DT: Are you still 9d on Tygem?
AK: I am 8d
there now. Lately I rarely play at all.
DT: Why so?
AK: I think you
know it; the only thing needed to play is a wish. Every player knows this, I think.
year or so I started to feel tired of this fight. Most of the time, Go was like
fighting for me... Winning, losing... Always trying to be better. I can't play like
when you play without the wish to win, then it's a totally different story.
DT: You have made it so far... Are you tired of
AK: I don't
feel like it's a good way, playing under pressure all the time. I think there
is another way of playing... I am trying it, but so far the results are not always the
have always been thinking about this. When I was small, I noticed that the game likes
honest people, that aren't about to eat the opponent to win the game. So, from a
small age, I was already thinking how to play without the wish to win.
first, I tried to tell myself that there is only the board, and there is no
opponent... But still, that is like a fooling yourself.
"I don't feel like it's a way,
playing under pressure
all the time...
I can't play like that anymore"
DT: And how do you feel about the game now?
AK: It's difficult
to say how I feel... I used to say that Go is all that I have, so I also used to
spend a lot of time in Go. Now it's different; I try to play when I feel like
playing, and play the way I feel...
DT: I see... But many people still see you as a
big competitor, you know? They want to see you crowned champion of Europe!
AK: I know... Many
people put high hopes on me (first of all, my parents).
the point of view of the game, I feel like I'm getting better. But now I often play
like without thinking, just from my feeling of the game, which is not always
I start to think pragmatically, usually it's easier to get a good position.
DT: Do you believe feeling is more important?
AK: I think
both are important, and the best way is to play using them both. But who
knows, probably feeling is also some kind of thinking. It is not obvious, when we
talk about the game... What do you think?
DT: I can't say, but I think you
are still experimenting and trying to find yourself, who you are in Go... I
know you will do fine no matter what conclusion you arrive at.
AK: Thank you :)
DT: Thank you too for sharing all
this with us!
DT: And best of luck with your journey... You will
figure it all out.