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Silver Anniversary of the Redmond Cup – Registration Now Open

Sunday February 18, 2018

20771547_1491980427527052_1440893765_o-600x3372018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Redmond Cup, which began in 1994. Named after Michael Redmond, the only player of non-Asian descent to ever achieve the rank of professional 9 dan, the Redmond Cup has represented the highest-level of competition for youth players in North America. Four of the five current AGA pros are former Redmond Cup champions, and many former champions have represented the US or Canada in international competition.

Preliminaries will be played on KGS, with the top two players in each the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) division receiving invitations to the finals, which will be held in July at the 2018 US Go Congress in Williamsburg, Virginia. Courtesy of the American Go Association and the American Go Foundation, finalists will also have all basic expenses covered to attend the 2018 US Go Congress, and any participant who completes all rounds of the preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $400 scholarship to the AGA Go Camp (details TBD) or a $200 scholarship to the 2018 US Go Congress.

Players must have an accredited rank of 1 dan or higher, be residents of the US, Canada, or Mexico, and have an active membership with any of aforementioned countries’ Go association to register for the Redmond Cup. Please consult the Rules and Regulations for more information about the tournament. Registration is now open and will close on March 7th. - Story and photo by AGA Youth Coordinator Justin Teng. Photo: 2017 finalists Aaron Ye (l) and Muzhen Ai (r). 


New York Go Expo set for this weekend in NYC

Monday February 12, 2018

The 2018 New York Go Expo will take place this weekend, February 17-18 in Manhattan at the China Institute (40 Rector St,2018.02.12_ny-go-expo_orig 2FL, New York).

The Go Expo is aimed both at go players and the general public. Aside from the invited team tournament, the Expo will emphasize creativity and collaboration, “especially when go is tied seamlessly with education,” says organizer Stephanie Yin. “Our goal is to pair all interested attendees in a simultaneous game with a strong go player.”

The Expo is free to the general public. A repertoire of events revolving around go will be held, from beginner to advanced, and players of all ages are encouraged to attend. “We’d like to see our participants learn, share, and advance in and outside of go,” says Yin.

Besides the pro activities and other go-related activities, the first Dreamworks School Invitational will take place at the Expo. Mrs. Liao is sponsoring this tournament and wishes to provide an opportunity for the younger generation for youth players in New York to meet current students in esteemed universities such as in the Ivy League Schools. She wishes that participants can learn, share experience, and improve, in and outside of Go. She also encourages go to be introduced into children’s studies.

Teams have been invited from universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Chicago, the University of Toronto, as well as the American Collegiate Go Association, and the New York Institute of Go, which will also field a NYIG Wildcard team.

Click here for details.


AGA becomes certifying organization for Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Monday February 12, 2018

The AGA has successfully applied to become a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, according to2018,02,12_Presidential Volunteer Service Awards AGA President Andy Okun.  “It is a chance for our volunteers to receive recognition from the wider community for the hours they put in,” said Okun.  The award is given based on unpaid hours logged as a volunteer, with bronze medals for 100 or more hours in a calendar year, silver over 250 hours, and gold over 500 hours.  For teens and children the hours are less.  A volunteer who has logged more than 4,000 hours in total qualifies for a lifetime award.  The awards program has existed under several names since the 1980s, and includes a certificate, a signed letter from US president Donald Trump, and the choice of a pin, coin, or medallion.  The first recipient of an award, a bronze medal, will be Wenguang Wang, of Santa Clara, California, who teaches weekly go classes for school children, runs several tournaments, and organized and ran last year’s Go Camp.  Wang was 2017′s AGF Teacher of the Year as well.  AGA volunteers interested in being considered for the award should contact Volunteer Coordinator Bob Gilman at or Okun at


Redmond Reviews: Michael Redmond 9P vs Kuwabara Shun 1P

Saturday February 3, 2018

Michael Redmond’s video game commentaries return with an exciting game by Redmond against Kuwabara Shun 1P in the 2018.02.03 RedmondReviewsecond round of the Kisei First Tournament. “We get into the avalance joseki and Kuwabara springs a new variation on me and then it gets really messy in the middle game,” says Redmond, hosted by Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal. It’s a human-human game, “So there are mistakes,” Redmond laughs. “It’s pretty exciting.” Click here for the video.




Gordon Marsh wins Portland tournament

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Gordon Marsh 1-dan won last weekend’s Portland Tournament, sweeping all five games. Twenty-one players ranging from 6-2018.01.14_portland-tourneydan to 13-kyu participated in the event, held at the University of Portland, Oregon on January 13th and 14th, reports TD Roy Schmidt. Three players tied for second place with 4-1 records: Jim Levenick 2d, Peter Drake 5k and Noah Balena-Doss 1. Masaya Kittaka 1k picked up a special goban prize for best performance by a newcomer.
photo (l-r): Kittaka, Levenick, Marsh, Drake, Balena-Doss, and TD Roy Schmidt. 


Yi Wang wins Zheng Youth Tournament

Thursday January 11, 2018

Dozens of young go players turned out last Sunday, January 7, to contest the Second Zheng Youth Tournament in Irvine, 2018.01.11_Zheng Youth Tournament-kidsCalifornia. The venue is located on the second floor of a bowling alley, next door to an amusement park featuring miniature golf, Go Karts racing, bumper boats and a rock climbing wall, the perfect place for kids and adults after go activities.
The four-round AGA rated handicapped event was sponsored by Jingwei Zheng. Fourteen-year-old Yi Wang 6D (below, left), of San Diego, won the top section. 2018.01.11_Zheng Youth Tournament-Yi WangHe is a seasoned tournament player with 7 to 8 years of playing experience.

One of the goals of this southern California tournament was to encourage young beginning go players to enter tournament competition and gain experience. The youngest player in the event was five-year-old Eric Yang 30K and several other 30K players participated. This youth tournament is part of the Zheng Go Tournament. The main event, the 5th Zheng Go Tournament, will be held March 3-4, also in Irvine.

The group leaders were:
Dan Section: First place: Yi Wang 6D; Second place: Seowoo Wang 2D.
Kyu Section One: First Place: Barnett Yang 4K; Second Place: Zongli Huang 11K; Third place: Xiang Cai 18K.
Kyu Section Two: First Place: Tony Yang 30K; Second Place: Ziyu Xia 33K.

- includes reporting by Yixian Zhou and Kevin Chao, edited by Ted Terpstra


Suggestions and Feedback Wanted for AGHS Events

Tuesday January 9, 2018

aghs logo“Attention youth players, The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) wants your opinion,” says Promotion Head Gabby Su. “In order to make plans for this upcoming year, we have created a survey to gauge your interest in participating in events such as a youth go league or an international friendship match. Feel free to also suggest your own.” If you want to receive updates from the AGHS about upcoming events, please include your email on the form to be added to a mailing list. Click here to fill out the form. - Lionel Zhang, Youth Liaison



Pasadena Go Club: A Strong Opening

Tuesday January 9, 2018

The first meeting of the Pasadena Go Club on Sunday, January 7 was well attended with eight people showing up with ranks 2018.01.09-pasadena-clubranging from 15k to 7d. “Mark Lee 7d is planning on attending as much as possible, and helping attendees get stronger,” reports Kevin Hwang (at right in photo). “There is also a good spread of kyu ranked players looking for games.” The club plans to continue meeting weekly on Sundays from 12-4p at the Whole Foods in Pasadena (465 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105). Look for the club in the public area on the first floor. Parking is free and boards will be provided, although visitors are encouraged to bring their own sets. For more information, you can e-mail
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Yuan Zhou returns for 11th North Carolina Workshop

Monday January 8, 2018

“These Yuan Zhou Workshops just keep getting better and better,” says Bob Bacon. The Eleventh North Carolina Workshop2018.01.07_yuan-zhou-workshop with Yuan Zhou — a popular teacher and lecturer who continues to compete — was held December 8-10, 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina. A highlight of this year’s workshop, hosted by the Triangle Go Group, was Zhou’s review of a game from this year’s CCTV Cup, between professional 9 dan Tang Weixing and 5 dan Peng Liyao. Many current professional games are already exhibiting moves favored by Go Seigen and popularized by AlphaGo, and Yuan Zhou explained the meaning and utility of these moves. Zhou also excels at explaining Chinese language phrases and meanings relating to go, and this year, in addition to sharing many new expressions, he shared some of the meaning of professional 9 dan Tang Weixing’s name (唐 韦星), tracing the surname Tang back to the seventh century A.D. Dynasty, and the meaning of xing as a celestial star. Read Bacon’s complete report here.

photo by Bob Bacon


South Central Go Tournament registration open

Sunday January 7, 2018

Registration is now open for the South Central Go Tournament, coming up February 17-18, in Plano, TX (Dallas area). “The 2018.01.07_south central tourneypreceding two tournaments have been well attended and provided 6 rounds of exciting play for competitors,” reports Bob Gilman. “The prior tournaments have attracted players from around Texas and from other states as well. There will be both an Open Section (no handicaps), and a Handicap Section. It will be a good chance to meet and play with people from outside your local community.”

The tournament will be an American Go Association (AGA) rated tournament, so players must be current AGA members at the time of the tournament. AGA membership must be taken care of in advance of the tournament.

On-line registration is available here. You can find AGA membership information and join or renew on-line here. Full information (and a link to registration) is available on the event Facebook page.