Ukrainian Baduk Player Lands 1st Professional Win

Mariya Zakharchenko Mariya Zakharchenko

Baduk player Mariya Zakharchenko landed her first win after 28 straight losses since she turned professional.

The 19-year-old Ukrainian beat 30-year-old Diana Koszegi of Hungary in the first round of the 16th Women's Masters at the Korea Baduk Association.

Zakharchenko first came to Korea to learn the game, also called Go, in 2008, and became a professional player in 2012 through a special scheme for foreigners.

She registered 18 losses last year and 10 this year. Koszegi, who became a professional here through the same scheme in 2008, has an all-time record of eight wins and 94 losses.

"The Chinese school seems to stress the importance of being aggressive, and the Japanese school values structure. I think the Korean school is somewhere in between," Zakharchenko said. "I want to study in Korea at least until I reach 3rd-dan rank."

The highest level is 9th dan.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 08, 2014 12:13 KST