The Redmond Cup
The Redmond Cup is the longest running and most prestigious youth tournament in the United States. Named after professional 9-dan Michael Redmond and first organized by his family, the tournament was created to encourage play among grade school children and to discover excellence among North American youth players. It was initially sponsored by the Ing Foundation, with additional support from the American Go Foundation. The tournament has been one of the continent's premiere youth events since 1994, and is currently funded by the AGA, with support from the AGF. Michael Bull ran the event for the first twenty years, before passing the hat on to Paul Barchilon and Justin Teng.
The Redmond Cup is a competition for dan level players in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Kyu players may compete in the North American Kyu Championships. The Redmond will have two divisions: Senior, for players under 18, and Junior, for players under 13. The cut off date shall be the final day of the US Go Congress, usually in August. Players whose birthday falls prior to that date must play at the age they will be in August. Players must be citizens of the United States or residents of the United States, Canada or Mexico. American and Canadian competitors must be members of the AGA or the Canadian Go Association.
Organization and Prizes
Preliminary games of the Redmond Cup are played online, with one match taking place every two weeks. The top two players in each division will be invited to play a best of three game match for the title, at the US Go Congress. The AGA will provide up to $850 in congress expenses, and up to $400 in travel expenses, for each finalist. The final matches will always be live. If a player is unable to attend the congress, their slot will be given to the player with the next highest finishing score. In each division, the first place winner will receive $300, and the second place winner will receive $200, courtesy of the AGF. All four finalists will receive a trophy.
Registration for the Redmond Cup opens in January, the deadline is March 15th, with matches usually beginning in April. Click here to register.
|Event||Year||Junior Division||Senior Division|
|1st||1994||Jonathan Wang (champion) Bellamy Liu (runner-up)||James Chien (champion) Alan Chen (runner-up)|
|2nd||1995||Yinan Chen (champion) Bellamy Liu (runner-up)||James Chien (champion) Timothy Law (runner-up)|
|3rd||1996||Eric Lui (champion) Jesse Chao (runner-up)||Timothy Law (champion) Michael Hong (runner-up)|
|4th||1997||Jesse Chao (champion) Eric Lui (runner-up)||Edward Kao (champion) Michael Hong (runner-up)|
|5th||1998||Eric Lui (champion) Justin Wang (runner-up)||Dennis Liang (champion) Michael Hong (runner-up)|
|6th||1999||Eric Lui (champion) Justin Wang (runner-up)||Dennis Liang (champion) Jonathon Wang (runner-up)|
|7th||2000||Eric Lui (champion) Curtis Tang (runner-up)||Jonathon Wang (champion) Richard Liang (runner-up)|
|8th||2001||Curtis Tang (champion) Matthew Burrall (runner-up)||Eric Lui* (champion) Richard Liang (runner-up)|
|9th||2002||Andy Liu (champion) Matthew Burrall (runner-up)||Mozheng Guan (champion) Justin Wang (runner-up)|
|10th||2003||Curtis Tang (champion) Johnnie Liu (runner-up)||Mozheng Guan (champion) Andy Liu (runner-up)|
|11th||2004||Curtis Tang (champion) ?||Mozheng Guan (champion) Zhao Nian Chen (runner-up)|
|12th||2005||Lionel Zhang (champion) Calvin Sun (runner-up)||Zhao Nian Chen (champion) Richard Liang (runner-up)|
|13th||2006||Calvin Sun (champion) Patrick Lung (runner-up)||Curtis Tang (champion) Andy Liu (runner-up)|
|14th||2007||Calvin Sun (champion) Hugh Zhang (runner-up)||Landon Brownell (champion) Cherry Shen (runner-up) (SGF)|
|15th||2008||Hugh Zhang (champion) Andrew Huang (runner-up) (game records)||Gansheng Shi (champion) William Zhou (runner-up) (game records)|
|16th||2009||Jerry Shen (champion) Yunxuan Li (runner-up) (SGF, SGF, SGF)||Gansheng Shi (champion) Zhongxia (Ricky) Zhao (runner-up) (SGF, SGF)|
|17th||2010||Oliver Wolf (champion) Henry Zhang (runner-up) (SGF, SGF, SGF)||Curtis Tang* (champion) Jianing Gan (runner-up) (SGF, SGF)|
|18th||2011||Aaron Ye (champion) Sammy Zhang (runner-up) (game record)||Calvin Sun (champion) Gansheng Shi (runner-up) (game record)|
|19th||2012||Aaron Ye (champion) Austen Liao (runner-up)||Jianing Gan (champion) Calvin Sun (runner-up) (news)|
|20th||2013||Aaron Ye (champion) David Lu (runner-up) (R2 SGF)||Jianing Gan (champion) Andrew Lu (runner-up) (news)|
- The honorary title of Redmond Meijin is granted to those who win the Redmond Cup five times. Eric Lui was the first to do this, in 2001. Curtis Tang had his fifth win in 2010. Both are now Redmond Meijins.
The AGA and the Redmond family would like to express their gratitude for the efforts of tournament director Michael Bull, the generous sponsorship by the Ing Foundation and to Timothy Jeans and the American Go Foundation for the annual donation of prize money.