Nordic Go Dojo is an online go school run by Antti Törmänen 1 dan professional, Su Yang 6 dan, Lukáš Podpěra 7 dan, and Matias Pankoke 5 dan. We are based on the Nordic Go Academy which ran from 2011 to 2015, and we have experience from thousands of game reviews, hundreds of online lectures, and three summer camps from that time.

After Antti became professional in Japan, the ‘academy’ in our name changed to ‘dojo’ and our teacher lineup changed a little. While our name still reads ‘nordic’, it is only to show our roots – we welcome all go players to study and enjoy the game with us!


Antti Törmänen

Professional 1 dan at the Japan go association

Antti was a European 7 dan and one of the European top players before he passed the Japan Go Association professional exam in 2015. He has reviewed about 2,000 games during his teaching career and published two books: Invisible – The Games of AlphaGo and Rational Endgame.

Antti’s way of teaching emphasises logic, so that the student learns to notice systematic mistakes and biases in their thinking.

Su Yang (‘Jeff ’)

European 6 dan

Jeff is the most experienced of the ngd teachers, and is in fact the teacher of our other teachers, Antti, Lukáš, and Matias. Jeff learned the game in China as a child, and has now been teaching western go players for almost 20 years.

Jeff is famous for teaching the game through entertaining metaphors, and is also quick to grasp the student’s strong and weak points.

Lukáš Podpěra

European 7 dan

Lukáš has dreamt of becoming a professional player since childhood. So far he has had two close shaves in the European professional qualifications in 2014 and 2019, where he lost in the finals, but we are hoping that third time will be the charm.

Lukáš started teaching actively in the recent years, and in 2020 he also hosted the widely popular Corona Cup tournament.

Matias Pankoke

European 5 dan

Weekly content

Jeff and Mikko stream on Twitch on Fridays at 6 pm Helsinki time