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Svetlana Shikshina, 3 dan Professional and Instructor Svetlana Shikshina, 3 dan Professional and Instructor

Go Lessons

For over 15 years, I’ve had the pleasure of passing on my knowledge and love of the game of Go to others. Whether you are aiming to win a tournament, improve your ranking, beat your friend, or exercise your brain, I can help. If you want just one lesson or one game to test your abilities, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Almost all of my lessons use a combination of KGS and Skype. Lessons are catered to individual’s needs. Many times they consist of a combination of learning theory with problem solving and/or game play and game review.

For those who don’t have time for live lessons but still want the help of a professional, why not have an offline lesson? Let me review your game and email you my analysis.

Prices will vary depending on the length of the lessons and the depth of analysis.  Payments can be made via Paypal or E-transfer.

For inquiries, email me!

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KGS Login: redrose

Timezone: Eastern Time Zone [Autumn -5h, Spring -4h]


Hello! I’m Svetlana Valerievna Shikshina (Светлана Валерьевна Шикшина). I was born in Kazan city, USSR in 1980. At age 10, I started playing Go with my father, Valery Shikshin, 4d. By 1994, I was the Russian Women’s Champion and in September 1996 I became European Women’s Champion. At that time, the best way for me to reach my potential was to move to Asia.

In 1997, I accepted an invitation from Chun Poong Jho 9p of the Korea Baduk Association (Hankuk Kiwon) to study Go in South Korea. This provided me the opportunity to study in one of the best children’s Go clubs in Seoul. It took 5 years studying 10 hours every day before I was promoted 1 dan professional. Proudly, I became Europe’s first woman professional.

I attended South Korea’s Meongji University as their first foreign student in their department of Baduk studies and graduated in 2005.  During his time, I began teaching Go, both online and at Go clubs to all age groups. When I visited home to Russia, I held an annual children’s tournament with my father called the Shikshina Cup.  In 2006, I became European champion at the European Go Congress in Frascati, Italy.

Over the past decade I have lived in Russia, Korea and Canada. I’ve had numerous students including many on the internet. I still participate in a couple tournaments a year and have had successes including: 3rd at the European ING cup in 2008, winner of the 2011 Russian Women’s Championship, winner of the 2011 European Team Championship, 5 European Pair-Go Championships (2012~2016) and I’ve represented Europe 3 times at the World Mind Games, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

I live in London, Ontario, Canada with my husband and two sons.  Each summer we return to Russia.  Throughout the year I teach Go online.  No matter what level or reason for playing, I love sharing my knowledge and love of Go.

Svetlana Shikshina and Valery Shikshin
Svetlana Shikshina playing go in South Korea
Svetlana Shikshina with Chun Poong Jho
2004 Fujitsu Cup in Japan. Svetlana Shikshina at the mic.
Svetlana Shikshina winning her 2006 European Championship in Frascati, Italy