The World Youth Goe Championship

The World Youth Goe Championship (WYGC) is the world's second-longest running international amateur tournament. Sponsored by the Ing Wei'Chi Foundation, the tournament has invited youngsters from around the world to compete since 1984. This event often provides an early showcase for top talent of the future. Top professionals as Chang Hao, Lee Sedol and Gu Li have all had strong showings at the the WYGC early in their careers.

Selection Process

The WYGC is divided into two section: a junior section for players 11 or under and a senior section for players 17 or under. The AGA has been honoured to receive invitations to send representatives to both divisions for many years. The AGA currently uses the US Youth Go Championship tournament to select its representatives to the WYGC. The eligibility requirements as of August 2010 for the WYGC representative are:

  • US citizenship
  • residency in the United States, its territories or possessions for six of the past twelve months
  • AGA membership (full, youth, sustaining, sponsor or life)

In addition, players must meet the age requirement of the WYGC: under 12 years old for the junior division, under 18 for the senior division. The cutoff date for the age requirement is the start of the WYGC, which is held in August of each year. The selection tournament or system used to decide the WYGC representative may have additional requirements beyond those listed here.

Representatives

Event Year Representative Final Standing Location
1st 1984 Janice Kim ? Taipei, Taiwan
2nd 1985 Janice Kim 2nd ?
3rd 1986 Tony Pa 15th ?
4th 1987 Tony Pa; Alan Chen 10th; 11th ?
5th 1988 David Mechner; Tony Pa ? ?
6th 1989 Lisa Chen; Irene Chen ? ?
7th 1990 Lisa Chen; Irene Chen ? ?
8th 1991 David Haff ? ?
9th 1992 David Zheng
Yuan Zhou
?
5th
San Francisco, USA
10th 1993 John Lee ? Ottawa, Canada
11th 1994 ? ? Palo Alto, USA
12th 1995 Bellamy Liu (junior)
SGF SGF SGF SGF SGF
James Chien (senior)
SGF SGF SGF SGF SGF
Tied 3rd-7th

8th

Amstelveen, The Netherlands
13th 1996 Eric Lui (junior)
Jonathan Wang
5th
?
Seoul, Korea
14th 1997 Jesse Chao (junior)
Jonathan Wang (senior)
6th
10th
Taipei, Taiwan
15th 1998 Eric Lui (junior)
SGF SGF
Jonathan Wang
6th

8th
Guiyang, China
16th 1999 Eric Lui (junior)
Jonathan Wang (senior)
4th
4th
Singapore
17th 2000 Eric Lui (junior)
SGF SGF
Matthew Curran
Tied 5th

11th
Prague, Czech Republic
18th 2001 Curtis Tang (junior)
Eric Lui (senior)
Gina Shi
4th
7th
?
Maui, USA
19th 2002 Mozheng Guan 5th Bangkok, Thailand
20th 2003 ? ? ?
21st 2004 Curtis Tang (junior)
Mozheng Guan (senior)
6th
9th
Vancouver, Canada
22nd 2005 Calvin Sun (junior)
SGF SGF SGF
Sichen Zhong (senior)
SGF SGF SGF
Tied 3rd-4th

10th
Barcelona, Spain
23rd 2006 Calvin Sun (junior)
Curtis Tang (senior)
4th
4th
Shenzhen, China
24th 2007 Calvin Sun (junior)
SGF SGF SGF SGF SGF
William Zhou (senior)
SGF SGF SGF SGF SGF
5th

8th
Boston, USA
25th 2008 Calvin Sun (junior)
William Zhou (senior)
4th
7th
Guiyang, China
26th 2009 Andrew Lu (junior)
Calvin Sun (senior)
5th
6th
Changzhi, China
27th 2010 Kevin Fang (junior)
Calvin Sun (senior)
(results)
8th
4th T
Penghu, Taiwan
28th 2011 Ye Aaron (junior)
Zhuang Vincent (senior)
(results)
4th
8th
Bucharest, Romania

Additional information

AGA's WYGC selection policy document, updated September 2010.

AGA Youth Events webpage for information on other youth tournaments and events.