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NAGF Pro Qualification Tournament: Player Profiles

Thursday June 23, 2022

The 2022 Pro Qualification Tournament, organized by the North American Go Federation (NAGF) will be held next week, from June 26 to July 1 at the National Go Center in Washington, DC (read more here).
Here are profiles of some of the players.

photos: top row (l-r): Alexander Qi, Qiyou Wu, Kevin Yang; bottom row: Eric Yoder, Edward Zhang, Yuan Zhou.

Alexander Qi
Alex is 14 years old and lives in New Jersey.  He started playing go six years ago.  His teachers include Feng Yun, Zhongfan Jian, and Ryan Li.  Some of his recent accomplishments include first place in the 2022 Stone Brook Sakura Matsuri Go Tournament, and second place in the 2021 Canadian Open in 2021. Representing the US he took second place in the 2021 CCTV World Youth Amateur Online Go Tournament (13 and under group). He also represented the US in the 36th World Youth Goe Championship Junior Division in 2019.

Qiyou Wu

I first started playing go at the age of 7 back in China, achieving the rank of 5D at the age of 10, when I came to Canada. I took a detour into chess before realizing that go is my true passion. The evolution of AI in the game was fascinating, as I now find joy in watching Ai games and studying with it. The thing I love the most about go is the endless possibilities for remarkable moves. I hope to play some good games this tournament and learn from the best amateurs in North America.

Kevin Yang
I was born in Rhode Island in the United States and now live in Los Angeles, California. I am 15 years old. I began to learn Go at the age of 9 and developed a strong interest in it. I have studied with Yilun Yang 7P and Han Han 5P. I like playing basketball and piano. I have two younger brothers and one sister. They all like to play go.

Eric Yoder

I learned about go from a friend in 2009, and played a few games online before giving up.  Then, in 2011 I read the manga Hikaru no Go, and this time something clicked, as I climbed up the ranks.  With not many people nearby who played go, I learned and played almost entirely online, before going to my first tournament in 2016, the Go Congress that year. I’ve gone to congress most years since, and enjoyed making new friends and getting better and better at go over the years.

Edward Zhang

Edward Zhang learned go in 1986. Major past titles include the US Pair Go Championship, NOVA Cherry Blossom, Virginia State Champion, Minnesota Open, Carolina Spring Tournament and the Maryland Open. Edward has served the AGA as tournament director, National Tournament Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Board Director. He lives in Fairfax Virginia and is the father of two children. He was educated at Peking University, University of Minnesota. Recent records: 2021 Canadian Open: 4W-2L; 2022 Midwest Open: 3-1; 2022 Pandanet-AGA City League: 7-0. Instructors include Yoonyoung Kim 8P (金仑映),Niu Yutian 7P(牛雨田) and Cao Hengting 5P (曹恒珽).

Yuan Zhou

Yuan Zhou (AGA 7 dan) joined AGA in 1989.  Zhou was the president of the University of Maryland Go club, winning 34 go tournaments in the US.  Zhou was also elected to the AGA board of directors in 2005.  He’s represented the US in international tournaments many times (WAGC, Korea Prime Minister Cup, World Pair Go Championship, etc).  In addition to his competitive successes, Zhou is a popular go teacher and lecturer, frequently giving lectures and teaching lessons at various Go clubs in the US. He has also published many books and lives in Maryland.

Other players: Rémi Campagnie; Eric Lee; Val Lewis; Nate Morse; Tyler Oyakawa.

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Four Go Congress rooms now available

Monday June 13, 2022

The US Go Congress in Estes Park now has four East Side lodge rooms available. Onsite lodging sold out several weeks ago, but offsite registration has remained open. Organizers have filled all the rooms for people on the waiting list, and are pleased to offer a few extra. If you want a room act fast, they will likely sell out quickly again. A revised Covid plan is coming out shortly for the congress, and all attendees will receive an update by email in the next few days. For more information, and to register, visit GoCongress.org.

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Registration Open for 2022 World Youth Goe Championship US Qualifier

Sunday June 5, 2022

2019 WYGC US Team with team coach Mingjiu Jiang 7p (second from right)

Registration is open for the US qualifier of the 2022 World Youth Goe Championship, which will be held on June 18 and 19. Two representatives will be selected – one in the Senior Group (ages 12-15) and one in the Junior Group (ages under 12). Participants must be US citizens and have resided in the US for at least 6 of the last 12 months. The top four registrants in each group will be eligible to play in the qualifier, which will be held online on KGS with required Skype video calls during the games. The winner of each group will become the US representative in the 2022 World Youth Go Championship, which will be held online between August 1st through August 9th, 2022. Interested players can send any inquiries and register by emailing Mingjiu Jiang at mingjiu7p@hotmail.com by June 12 with your name, date of birth, rank, KGS ID, Skype ID, phone number, and address.

Story by Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator; Photo by Mingjiu Jiang

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AGF Teacher of the Year nominations due May 5

Monday April 25, 2022

Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 5th. The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress in Estes Park this summer.  To be eligible a teacher must be a member of the AGA and have been teaching go to children for at least one hour a week for two years. The award is now open to other kinds of teachers as well, including online efforts. Teachers of the Year for 2020 and 2021 are also invited, and all three will be honored at the awards banquet. Click here for more information.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, email mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations should include a description of the teacher’s activities, how long they have been teaching, and how many students attended their program. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

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Go Congress almost sold out

Sunday April 24, 2022

“Registration is approaching 300 people for the US Go Congress in Estes Park this summer,” reports Co-Director Eric Wainwright. “Just 12 rooms are left at the YMCA. It’s a clear sign that people are ready to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror and get back to playing Go in-person.  If anyone was on the fence about participating, now is the time to register.”

Congress organizers have asked for more rooms from the YMCA, but don’t know yet whether they’ll get any. Off-site lodging is also available, but Estes Park books up early in the prime summer season. Anyone who wants to stay offsite should make a reservation as soon as possible. “This will be a slightly smaller congress than usual,” added Co-Director Howard Landman, “but with 287 people registered so far, we’re definitely not cancelling for lack of attendance!” The Early Bird rates for the congress end on April 30th. After that, a $100 fee will be charged as it becomes more difficult for the congress to hold rooms (offsite lodging is exempt from this fee).

For more information on the congress, and to register, visit gocongress.org

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Applications are open for the LGBT+ Go Congress scholarship

Monday April 18, 2022

The AGF is proud to announce the new PrideGo scholarship for students aged 13-22 who openly identify as LGBT+.  Three recipients will receive $500 towards the 2022 Go Congress. Applications are open at https://www.pridego.org/#apply and will close on May 8th.

The PrideGo program is spearheaded by popular Twitch go streamer Eva-Dee M. Beech (better known online as “Gooplet”) who has run two successful fundraising events with the help of several volunteers. She looks forward to meeting the scholarship recipients at this year’s Go Congress. More information about the program can be found at https://PrideGo.org


The next PrideGo fundraising event will be the second annual Pride Month Rengo tournament, during the last weekend of June. Further details will be released in May. Live commentary of the event will be hosted by Gooplet on the official AGA Twitch channel, guest commentators TBA. Previous PrideGo guest commentators included LionGuySai, Dwyrin, Vadim from GoMagic, and In Sente. 
If you are interested in contributing to the PrideGo program with your time or your money,  or if you have questions about the program, check the website or contact Eva-Dee at evadee.beech@usgo.org!

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AGF Teacher of the Year Nominations Open

Sunday April 10, 2022

Schumer (l) with a young player in Osaka in 2018

Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by May 5th. The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to the US Go Congress in Estes Park this summer.  To be eligible a teacher must be a member of the AGA and have been teaching go to children for at least one hour a week for two years. The award is now open to other kinds of teachers as well, including online efforts. Teachers of the Year for 2020 and 2021 are also invited, and all three will be honored at the awards banquet. Click here for more information.  If you would like to nominate someone for this award, including yourself, email mail@agfgo.org.  Nominations are due by May 5th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities, how long they have been teaching, and how many students attended their program. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: 2021 Teacher of the Year Pete Schumer

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Go Congress filling up quickly

Saturday April 9, 2022

Registration for the 2022 Go Congress is proceeding briskly with over 170 attendees so far,” reports Co-Director Eric Wainwright.  “Rooms in the Main Lodge are almost filled up, but there’s still plenty of rooms left in the East Lodges.  If you’re thinking about staying at one of the many offsite locations around Estes Park, now’s the time to make your arrangements.

The main playing site is Assembly Hall situated in the center of the YMCA campus.  Built in 2009, it’s a modern facility with over eleven thousand square feet of space for tables to be spread out. Lectures, game reviews, and other events will take place in other buildings and cabins scattered nearby.  
”It looks like we’ll have sizable group of young players this year, as many pros and teachers are bringing their students,” reports Wainwright, “It’s a good thing that our Youth Room will be the size of a basketball court.  Actually, it is a basketball court!”‘

More information and registration are at GoCongress.org.

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Last Call for 11th Virginia Open

Tuesday April 5, 2022

The 11th Virginia Open has been set to take place across two weekends starting April 16 on OGS. The tournament will consist of six rounds and features cash prizes for the top open division as well as awards and certificates across five other divisions and for top youth and female players. Webcams will be required for the top two boards of the final three rounds via a Zoom meeting hosted by the TDs. International players are also welcome to participate, and two 8 dan players from Thailand have already registered.

The games from the tournament will be unofficially rated so players can have a post-tournament provisional rating. Yoonyoung Kim 8P will also review six games from the tournament on her Twitch channel at a later date.

Details and registration can be found here, and the registration will close on April 12th. Any inquiries can be directed to agatd1@gmail.com.

– Edward Zhang of the Capital Go Club

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2022 NAGF Pro Qualification Tournament set for June 26-July 1 in DC

Monday April 4, 2022

The North American Go Federation (NAGF) will hold the 2022 Pro Qualification Tournament at the National Go Center in Washington, D.C. from June 26 to July 1, 2022.

Because last year’s tournament was canceled due to covid, the NAGF will certify the top two players from this tournament as new professional players. For more information on the tournament, including eligibility requirements, please click here. The details of the competition rules and the selected contestants will be announced in May.

Any player who is eligible and interested in participating in the tournament must submit the application form by the end of April 24 to be considered for entrance.

For questions regarding this tournament, please contact the NAGF at contact@nagofed.org

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