A Go professional
is a professional[?]
player of the game of Go
. Such players are incredibly strong at the game. The competition is tremendous, and prize incentives for champion players are very high. For example, the Honinbo
Tournament has a grand prize of about $175,000.
Almost all professional players are from China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
Professional rankings are separate from the amateur ratings (approximately 30 kyu through 7 dan). Professional rankings are 1 dan through 9 dan (sometimes written 1p through 9p). 1 dan professional is roughly equal to (European) 7 dan amateur.
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