Pair go, in which a man and a woman play alternate moves on the same side, has been considered a frivolous diversion. But we believe that if you actually try this system out you will find that it produces a very interesting game... Not only do you have to analyze the moves made by your opponents; you also have to read out the meaning of your partner's moves... Before the game is over, however, it is virtually certain that your partner will play some stones that will either move you to admiration or leave you perplexed, providing a zest that you would never have found in the individual game. When a one-on-one game becomes two-on-two, new elements are added, and new questions arise in the formulation of strategy.
— The Japan Pair Go Association
Pair go teams compete annually for prizes and the right to play for their country in the International Pair Go Championship. It has grown rapidly in popularity since its inception in the late 1980s. The International Pair Go Association believes that bringing more women into the game will make it more popular with all players. They also aim to introduce a social element to a game that can be a solitary pursuit. There is a growing interest in Europe, especially in Great Britain.
In the US, more than eighty players participate in the North American Pair Go Championship at the US Go Congress every year. With the support of the International Pair Go Association, the AGA is expanding the presence of pair go in the US with a series of sponsored regional tournaments, culminating in an internet playoff for free tickets to the US Go Congress for the North American Pair Go Championship.
You can organize a pair go event in your community! The official international pair go rules may be found here. You may also email [Rachel Small] for further information.
Or, use the GoPanda2 go client to play pair go—or any kind of go—on the Internet Go Server.
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Pair Go Gallery
Photos by Roy Laird
|Year||Female Player||Male Player|
|1991||Debbie Siemon||Zhi-Li Peng|
|1992||Judy Schwabe||Thomas Hsiang|
|1993||Debbie Siemon||John Lee|
|1994||Debbie Siemon||John Lee|
|1995||Lee Anne Bowie||James Chien|
|1996||Debbie Siemon||Thomas Hsiang|
|1997||Pauline Pohl||Ted Ning|
|1998||Joanne Phipps||Ned Phipps|
|1999||Louisa Chan||James Chien|
|2000||Gina Shi||Joey Hung|
|2001||Debbie Siemon||Thomas Hsiang|
|2002||Wan Yu Chen||Ted Ning|
|2003||Gina Shi||Mozheng Guan|
|2004||Kristen Burrall||Yuan Zhou|
|2005||Cherry Shen||Joey Hung|
|2006||Wang Chen||Curtis Tang|
|2007 (SGF)||Cherry Shen||Eric Lui|
|2008*||Yinli Wang||Edward Zhang|
|2009||Yinli Wang||Yuan Zhou|
|2010||Wan Chen||Curtis Tang|
|2011||Roxanne Tam||Yuan Zhou|
|2012||Kelsey Dyer||Yuan Zhou|
|2013||Amy Wang||Justin Ching|
* Held at the Beijing World Mind Sports Games.