My name is Mateusz Surma. I was born on September 3, 1995 in Rydułtowy in the region of Silesia in Poland. My dad taught me to play go when I was six and a half.
At various points from 2009-2013, I trained Go in South Korea at schools: King’s Baduk Dojang, Yang Jae-Ho Baduk Dojang, and Choong-Am Baduk Dojang.
Altogether, I spent 2 years and 5 months. In Poland, during middle school (Gimnazjum nr 1 w Rydułtowach) and high school (Liceum Ogólnokształcące w Rydułtowach), I had an individual study path. I would train in Korea for 3 months, then go back to Poland and study for school at home. In middle and high school, I had one exam per subject after every term.
In 2014, after passing matura (an equivalent to A-level, SAT, Abitur, etc.), I managed to qualify to study at the Faculty of Aeronautics and Space Technology. I was about to enroll, specialising in pilotage, but then— something happened.
In March 2015, I was one of sixteen people invited for the “pro” title qualification tournament in Pisa, Italy. I went – and managed to win the tournament. This way I became the first Polish player with the “pro” title.
I finished first year at university. Even though I had one of the highest average grades at the faculty and a pretty high chance of acceptance to pilotage, I took one year off. I was invited to Beijing, China to study go at Ge Yuhong Weiqi Daochang. I trained there for 8 months through years 2015–2016.
I’ve decided not to go to university anymore, because I’ve realized that it made me study too many completely useless things – much more useful stuff might be learned by just self-studying at home. In regards to my graduation – I have my own company, nobody will ask me for any graduation certificates 🙂
My biggest achievements are:
• 1st place in the European Youth Championship under 12 (2006, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
• 6th place in the World Youth Championship under 12 (2006, Shenzhen, China)
• 1st place in the European Youth Championship under 16 (2010, Sibiu, Romania)
• 6th place in the World Youth Championship under 16 (2010, Magong, Taiwan)
• 1st place in the European Youth Championship under 16 (2011, Brno, Czech Republic)
• 5th place in the World Youth Championship under 16 (2011, Bucharest, Romania)
• 3rd place in the European Championship (2013, Olsztyn, Poland)
• 1st place in the European Professional Qualifications and obtaining “pro” title as the first Polish player in history (2015, Pisa, Italy)
• 2nd place in the European Grand Slam (2015, Berlin, Germany)
• 2nd place in the Silk Road Tournament (2015, Xi’an, China)
• 2nd place in the European Professional Championship (2016, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
• 2nd place in the European Professional Championship (2017, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
• Four wins in a row in the Chinese Go League (2017, Quzhou, China)
• 1st place in the Samsung Cup preliminaries – World Division Baduk Masters (2017, Seoul, South Korea)
• 2nd place in the European Championship (2017, Oberhof, Germany)