Special Events for Kids and Teens
The US Youth Go Championship Each year two young Americans, one under 18 and one under 12, win the right to represent the US in The World Youth Goe Championship. Regional events and an online section lead to a series of playoffs on the Internet. Players of all strengths are welcome.
US Go Congress Youth Program With pro instruction, exciting events and dozens of young players, The Congress Youth Program is the event of the year! Starting with a special pizza party on Saturday, the Youth Program features daily instruction from top pros and events every afternoon in a "youth-only" room -- everyone under 18 gets special attention. Kids and teens also get to play in the US Open every morning and participate in other lessons and special events in the evening. Any player of any age can attend the Congress with an adult guardian. Scholarships are available from The American Go Foundation and as prizes in The US Youth Go Championship.
US School Team Championship Dozens of three-player teams -- including everyone from DDKs to mid-level dans -- from all over the US compete in this Internet event. Every player on every team who finishes all their games gets a prize.
The Redmond Cup Sponsored by Michael Redmond 9-Dan, his family, and the AGA, The Redmond Cup offers four players -- two junior (<12) and two senior (<18) finalists -- a chance to win a trip to the finals at The US Go Congress to play for serious cash prizes.
Tiger's Mouth Youth Website The American Go Foundation maintains a moderated go website specifically for kids and teens, which features comics, lessons, a forum, and an online playing area. Tournaments are held every month, and feature generous prizes from the major Go vendors.
Finding Other Players In Your Area Online is fine, but there's nothing like facing a real opponent across a physical board. If you can find and attend a nearby tournament -- the AGA maintains a list -- you may meet other local players and learn about the scene in your area. You may also find a local club or chapter -- the AGA has a list of them too. Subscribe to The American Go E-Journal, where you may learn about nearby activities. At Igolocal, you can also find other nearby players and clubs who have listed themselves, and if you list yourself you will get an e-mail every time a new local player joins the site. If you're a minor, don't try this without your parent's permission.