Where in the world is Go Magic?

We are from Russia but our project knows no boundaries — the game of Go unites people from many different countries. We would like everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or nationality, to be able to study Go on our platform and share their joy of the game with one another. ❤️️

Go Magic Team

About Us

Anton Proskurin

The most serious person on the team. 🤓
Additionally he is the main developer and creator of Go Magic.

Playing Go since 2005, 2 dan RGF. He used to be the head of Tver and Kaliningrad Go federations. In 2015 he started teaching and opened his first commercial Go school in Kaliningrad. Anton wrote a series of articles about that — How to open a Go school (in Russian).

Having majored in music and computer programming, 🤦‍♂️ he likes teaching, entrepreneurship and photography. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ He loves to create something new and unique.

Anton’s main role in the project — developing the platform and general supervision.


Vadim Efimenko

Doing everything to make Go Magic look festive, hip and fun. 🥳
Co-founder of the project.

Playing Go since 2006. Vadim hardly ever takes part in tournaments, so he doesn’t have an official rank. He is more of a Go researcher and enthusiast. However he has 6 dan on Fox Go server, he played as a 5 dan amateur in China, and (if anybody cares) he easily beats Anton when giving him 2 stones handicap. 😟

Professionally a linguist, he speaks English, Chinese and some French. Loves traveling, learning languages and cultures of other countries. When not busy with Go, he enjoys playing riichi mahjong.

Vadim studied Go in China with Yan An 7 dan pro, and spent about 5 years working and living there.

Vadim’s main role in the project — content creation and translation.


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Mikhail Bormin

The meme expert. 🧐

Playing Go since 2009, 3 dan RGF. 

He’s had a chance to work as a Go teacher, a programmer, a sports photographer, a broadcasting videographer and god knows what else. He once rode 800 kilometers over Tian Shan on a mountain bike and climbed 3800 meters high. 🚵

A selection of Mikhail’s photos: Google disk.

He loves dogs, traveling on a bike and talking about Elon Musk.

Mikhail’s main role in the project — video editing.

Alexander Dinerstein

Making sure that the stones are placed on the line intersections. 🤨

Playing Go since 1986, 3 dan professional, 7 dan EGF, 7-time European champion.

A professional Go player by training, Alexander studied Go in South Korea and received his professional status there as well. Go teacher and popularizer. Author of books and many articles about Go.

Hobby of preference — Go. Favorite activity — Go. He loves playing Go more than anything else in the world. 🤠

Alexander’s main role in the project — consulting and quality control.

Alexander’s website

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Kseniia Lifanova

In charge of making the project feel warm and cozy. 🌸

Playing Go since 2014, 2 kyu EGF.

Professionally a designer technologist, she creates beautiful objects out of ceramics and glass. Additionally she is learning graphic design. 

Kseniia is interested in Japanese and Korean pop culture and likes to work out in a gym. She loves making creative Go content.

Kseniia’s main role in the project — Go problem composer and Discord server admin.

Anton Rochev

Helping users understand what is being said here. 🤔

Playing Go since 2017, 2 kyu OGS.

A professional translator, he has been working in this field since 2005. Fluent in English, he knows some French and a tiny bit of Japanese.

He likes going for a stroll with his wife and kids. He enjoys reading, solving tsumego and occasionally playing computer games.

Anton’s main role in the project — localization and text translation. ✏️

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Nikolay Lifanov

Aka Professor. Chief Go puzzle composer. 📚

Playing Go since 2014, 2 kyu RGF.

A technical college student, he likes to tell jokes and always keeps a fun conversation rolling. He also likes to help beginners get a better grasp of Go. A true perfectionist.

Nikolay’s main role in the project — growing the Skill Trees and being on guard against all sorts of bugs and imperfections in quizzes. 🔍


The most gomagical dog on the planet. 🐶

Playing Go since the very start of the project. She watched all the lessons and knows a lot about the game. Sadly she finds it difficult to place the stones on the board with her paws, so she prefers to watch other people play.

More than anything Jeena likes splashing around in puddles and playing with other dogs. She is fond of music and wouldn’t mind singing along when her master is playing the piano. She loves sour cream and bananas.

Jeena’s main role in the project — making the atmosphere just right for filming video lessons.

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More Details

Anton tells the whole story of how the project developed from an idea to what it is today in his article Go Magic — Secrets Behind the Magic.

Be sure to check out our Discord server — you can chat with the founders and other members of the project there.

Feeling excited about the project and would like to join our team? Send us a message in Discord or email us at contact@gomagic.org.