Go Professionals in the US and Canada
The players listed below live in the United States or Canada and hold credentials from Asian professional institutions. Many are available to help you get stronger; some participate in events like the US Go Congress, and some may be available to teach workshops in your area.
Myungwan Kim 9-Dan (Los Angeles, California)
Mr. Kim became a pro in 1994 at the age of 16. He was the first pro sent to the US by the Korean Baduk Association, coming to the Los Angeles area in 2008. He won the US Open in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Mr. Kim was promoted to 9-Dan in 2009.
A biography of Mr. Kim is available on Sensei's Library.
Feng Yun 9-Dan (Somerset, New Jersey)
Ms. Feng is a former Chinese national champion, women's world champion, and one of only a few female 9 dans in the world. She lives in New Jersey, where she teaches over 100 students in her go school. She also teaches online private lessons and group workshops in the United States and China.
Ming-jiu Jiang 7-Dan (San Francisco, California)
Mr. Jiang teaches actively in the San Francisco area and gives regular free lectures on KGS.
Yilun Yang 7-Dan (Los Angeles, California)
Mr. Yang has taught hundreds of students in person, at workshops, by mail and over the internet since moving to the US from Shanghai in 1986. A well-known specialist in life-and-death problems, Mr. Yang is working on his tenth English-language go book.
Xiaoren He 6-Dan (Montreal, Canada)
Ms. He is a Chinese go player who became professional in 1982. She teaches in person and on the internet.
Contact Ms. He by phone at 450-926-1794 or by email at email@example.com.
Janice Kim 3-Dan (San Francisco, California)
Born in New Mexico, Ms. Kim spent most of her teenage years studying go in Korea, where she became the first non-native Korean to ever win professional status. The author of the five volume Learn To Play Go series, Ms. Kim lives in the San Francisco area with her husband and two children.
Contact Ms. Kim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A biography of Ms. Kim is available on Sensei's Library.
Jennie Shen 2-Dan (Santa Barbara, California)
Ms. Shen was the National Youth Champion of China in 1985, at the age of 14, and came to live in the United States in 2007. She offers lessons online and gives lectures on KGS.
Contact Ms. Shen by email at email@example.com or on KGS by the user name Jennie.
James Kerwin 1-Dan (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
In 1978 Mr. Kerwin became the first ever non-Asian professional at the Japan Go Association, and won the 1-dan section of the Kisei tournament the following year. He teaches in person, at workshops and on the internet, and is a regular contributor to The American Go E-Journal.
Li Chenshuo (Cathy Li) 1-Dan (British Columbia, Canada)
Ms. Li is a professional 1-dan go player in the Chinese Go Association. Ms. Li was born in 1974 in Shanghai, China. She started learning go at the age of seven, studying with famous go instructor Bai Rui Qiu. At the age of 11, she was the only female go player in China to be honored as a "female prodigy" of go. In 2008, Ms. Li coached Canada's go team in the first World Mind Sports Games.
Xuefen Lin 1-Dan (Monterey Park, California)
Ms. Lin became a professional in China in 1992, and has resided in the United States since 2001. Ms. Lin won the 2005 US Open, and currently lives and teaches in California.
Contact Ms. Lin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huiren Yang 1-Dan (Boston, Massachusetts)
Mr. Yang was born in 1952 in the city of Guiyang, Guizhou Province, People's Republic of China. He emigrated to the US in 1994 and has lived in the Boston area with his wife and son since 1995. He is the chief go instructor of the Massachusetts Go Club, giving monthly lectures and conducting weekly study groups.
Mr. Yang started playing go at the age of 12 and was the Guizhou Provincial Junior Champion at the same age. He won the Guizhou Province and Guiyang City championships from 1970-1979, and took fifth place in the National Professional Weiqi competition and was selected to the China weiqi team in 1979. He was the weiqi coach of the sports commission of the Guiyang Railway Bureau and was a coach and mentor to many young future professional players. Among his many students, the most famous one is Quing Liu, who was once one of the top eight players in China.
Americans with Professional Status
In addition to the professional go players living in the US and Canada listed above, there are some American citizens living abroad who hold Asian professional credentials and compete actively in the Asian pro tournament circuits.
Michael Redmond 9-Dan (Tokyo, Japan)
Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Redmond is the only non-Asian in history to achieve the top rank of 9-Dan in an Asian go association. He is the author of The ABCs of Attack and Defense. A biography of Mr. Redmond is available on Sensei's Library.
Zhu-jiu Jiang 9-Dan (Seoul, Korea)
In the 1980s, Mr. Jiang made history by defeating five top Japanese pros in succession. He resided in the US during the 1990s--where he became the perennial winner of the North American Masters Tournament--before moving to Korea to compete in professional tournaments.
A biography of Mr. Jiang is available on Sensei's library.
Nai-wei Rui 9-Dan (Seoul, Korea)
One of only a few female 9-Dans in the world, Ms. Rui achieved world fame in 2000 by becoming the first woman to win a major tournament, the Korean Kuksu. She is especially interested in teaching women to play go. Married to professional go player Zhu-jiu Jiang, she also lived and taught in the US in the 1990s.
A biography of Ms. Rui is available on Sensei's Library.
Jimmy Cha (Cha Min-su) 5-Dan (Seoul, Korea)
This Korean-born pro lived in southern California for many years, where he developed a reputation as both a flamboyant and charismatic professional gambler and a tough player. In the 1980s Mr. Cha played for North America several times in the World Fujitsu Cup. Known for his ability to play his best in important games, he upset several top professionals. Today Mr. Cha visits the US on occasion, but is currently not involved with the American go community.
A biography of Mr. Cha is available on GoGameWorld.
This information is provided as a free service by the American Go Association. Contact the professionals by email, phone, or KGS for more details about their services and workshops. See the AGA's list of distributors to order go books or equipment. To correct or add to the information above, professionals should contact the AGA webmaster.