Hi, I'm Ben Mantle, a 6-dan Go (Weiqi, Baduk) player and teacher from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I've been playing Go since 2006 and started teaching in 2008. I am Head Instructor at the Toronto Go Club, former President of the University of Toronto Go Club, and staff annually at Anime North's Go area. My first real introduction to Go was through the inspirational anime Hikaru no Go (ヒカルの碁). From that point on I was bent on pursuing the pro dream; Go completely took over my life.
In 2009 as a 3-dan player I had the opportunity to travel to South Korea to pursue my dream more seriously. I trained there for five months and competed back in Toronto as a 5-dan thereafter. Since then I haven't let go of my ambition, I merely gave it new shape—such is the flexibility required of a Go player!