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Registration Open for 2022 AGHS School Team Tournament

Tuesday January 18, 2022

“Registration for the 2022 AGHS School Team Tournament is now open through February 4th,” says AGHS Co-President Sophia Wang, “Inspired by the popular series Hikaru No Go, students from the same school or educational institution should form teams of 3 to compete for their school and for prizes. A total of four rounds will be held over two Sundays, February 6th and 13th, at 10am and 1pm PST. In order to be eligible, players must attend school in North America and be under 19/currently enrolled in grades K-12. Maximum of 5 teams per institution.”

Click here for rules and regulations

Click here to register (deadline: 2/4/2022)


Updates: San Diego postpones championship, Portland suspends meet-ups, NGC postpones Friday nights

Saturday January 15, 2022

As previously reported, the AGA is asking chapters to delay tournaments and to consider not having club meetings at least for the month of January, until the latest wave of Covid-19, the Omicron variant, has passed. Here are some local updates:

San Diego: The San Diego Go Club is postponing, due to Covid19, the 11th Annual San Diego Go Championship, which had been scheduled for the spring of 2022. “The SDGC now hopes to hold the tournament at the San Diego Chess Club in May 2022.” Vaccinated members of the SDGC have voted to continue to meet in person at “At Ease Games” on Miramar Road on Thursday from 7-11 p.m. Masks will be required for all players and spectators. A booster vaccination is recommended.

Portland (OR): Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, and per the recommendations of the American Go Association, PGC is suspending Tuesday night “Learn and Play Go” meet-ups at Alder Commons.  “We hope to restart them again soon.  In the meantime we encourage players to seek games via our Portland Go Discord.” For an invite to the discord email

Washington, DC: The National Go Center in Washington, DC has decided to postpone opening on Friday nights until sometime in February. “There is just too much uncertainty around the Omicron surge right now. We’ll keep you posted on when Fridays will be starting up again.” Wednesday nights will continue for now for masked and fully vaccinated participants. “Stay safe, and we look forward to things getting back to normal.”

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AGA urges tourney/club delays due to Omicron; latest updates

Thursday January 6, 2022

The AGA is asking chapters to delay tournaments and to consider not having club meetings at least for the month of January, until the latest wave of Covid-19, the Omicron variant, has passed. “While the danger to any individual is hard to know, the effect on the overall medical system is significant,” says AGA president Andy Okun. Delaying tournaments and club meeting will “keep members safer and do our part to not risk burdening hospitals with extra cases,” says Okun. “Our Covid advice page will be frequently updated and we will keep our eye on rapidly changing information.”

In a related story, the January 22nd Gotham Go Tournament is being rescheduled “due to the very high rates of Covid-19 in New York City and the surrounding area,” reports organizer Peter Armenia.  The new date is March 26th.

The restart of Friday Night Go at the National Go Center in Washington, DC has been postponed until at least January 14, reports Gurujeet Khalsa, although that’s due to the NGC having its heating serviced, with snowy and chilly weather predicted.

Any other chapter/club and/or tournament updates should be reported to and we’ll post updates here.


Registration Open for AGHS Weekly Go Problems – Winter Season 2021

Thursday December 23, 2021

“Are you looking for an opportunity to sharpen your Go skills? Why not give the AGHS weekly go problems a try!” says AGHS Secretary Henry Chen, “We will be posting a short Google form every week with life and death problems of varying difficulty starting January 3rd, 2022. You may earn points by submitting your answers to each week’s questions through our Google form. We will keep track of everyone’s points on a leaderboard and prizes will be distributed based on final standings.”

If you have any questions, feel free to email

To register, fill out this Google form by January 2, 2022 11:59 PT

Image credit: Tina Li, AGHS Promotion Head


Go students get lessons on another battlefield

Thursday December 23, 2021

If a battlefield seems like an appropriate place to play go, the students from the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy and Ruby Bridge Chinese Academy were certainly in the right place on December 19, when teacher Feijun (Frank) Luo 7d gathered them at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Despite what Luo described as “a ruthless cold wind,” the intrepid students played go in the park’s Visitor Center’s pavilion and seemed energized rather than intimidated by the chilly weather, as they focused on midgame battles fueled by “a great variety of foods.”

After their games, the students went on to hike Kennesaw Mountain. According to the National Park Service, “the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was some of the heaviest fighting throughout the entire Atlanta Campaign…The strategy and tactics used there…led to the final outcome of the Civil War.” The go students supported each other during their hike to the summit, where Luo congratulated them as “fearless” students for turning out to play go and to hike the mountain in the chilly weather and encouraged them to stay physically and mentally active during the pandemic.

The students are Leo Huang, Ryan Huang, Melody Lian, Tegan Lian, Patrick Lv, Gavin Situ, Austin Situ, Amy Tierolf, Andrea Wang, Israel Wang, Lucas Wang, Orianna Wang, Jiayue Wu, Aaron Xie, Jiaming Zou, and Jiayi Zou.

photos courtesy Feijun (Frank) Luo


Gotham Go to hold tournament January 22nd

Monday December 20, 2021

The Gotham Go Group is sponsoring a 4-round AGA-rated tournament in Flushing, New York on Saturday January 22nd, 2022. “Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, this will be a VACCINATED ONLY event with masks optional,” says organizer Peter Armenia. “You MUST show proof of vaccination to enter and play. Space is limited to 90 players so register early.”  

There will be cash prizes in all sections and an open section for strong dan-level players. AGA membership is required to register and play; to join or renew your membership click here. To register for the tournament and pay the $35 application fee, click here. Full refunds are available should you need to cancel. To see who’s already registered, click here.

Joel Kenny (4D) is the Tournament Director; Assistant TD is Jino (Steven) Choung (1k).


Kevin Yang 7d new California State Go Champion

Friday December 10, 2021

Kevin Yang (7d, SDGC) went 5-0 to sweep the top boards at the 2021 King Cup California State Go Championship, held at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park over Thanksgiving weekend. Shuaiheng Tao (7d, Dublin CA) and Kevin Meiqing Huang (5d, Yorba Linda) took second and third place with 3-2 records.
AGA members are invited to challenge the new California State Champion: throughout the pandemic, Yang has been accepting challenges to play on Tuesday nights on KGS in the San Diego Go Club room at 7 pm PST. Games are 30-minute/player (even or handicap), and are reviewed immediately afterwards by the participants.

In the King Cup Open, six of the ten players tied for second place with 3-2 records. Trophy winners were determined by Go Clubs Online tiebreakers. Besides Tao and Huang, the others tying for second place in the King Cup Open were Shang Zhou (7d, SDGC), Yixian Zhou (6d, Corona), 2020 California State Go Champion Bo Luan (6d, Santa Barbara), and King Bi (4d, SDGC).

Over the course of the weekend, more than 70 go players from all over California participated in one of the four King Cup – California Go Championship tournaments, which included the State Championship (with both Open and Handicap sections), the U16 Girls Championship, the U16 Boys Championship, and the U16 13×13 Championship. This was the fourth State Go Championship weekend hosted by the San Diego Go Club.

Complete round-by-round results for all tournaments are available on Go Clubs Online on the ‘Results’ page found under the ‘Tournaments’ menu.

In the King Cup Handicap Sections, first place winners were:
Division I: Jaewoo Go Park (1k, San Jose)
Division 2: Arunas Rudvalis (6k, SDGC)
Division 3: Jiaying Wei (9k, SDGC)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Girls Go Championship winner:
Angelina Zhao (4k, Irvine)
King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Boys Go Championship winner:
Zhenxuan Liu (1d, SDGC)
King Cup – 2021 California State U16 13×13 Go Championship winner:
Anna Zhou (9k, SDGC)

Special recognition trophies were given to Hai Li 5P, for being the tournament director in the three U16 tournaments, and Donovan Chen for being the youngest player in the U16 tournaments (6-years-old). He beat out another 6-year-old, Zoe Tan, by a few days.

All four tournaments were sponsored by a generous gift to the San Diego Go Club by King Bi. Rubio’s Coastal Grill provided gift certificates to its restaurants for all the youth players and their parents

Here are all the trophy winners from the four King Cup – California Go Championship go tournaments, November 27 & 28, 2021:

King Cup – 2021 California State Open Go Championship
1st Place – Kevin Yang (7.3d, San Diego)
2nd Place – Shuaiheng Tao (7.1d, Dublin CA)
3rd Place – Kevin Meiqing Huang (5.9d, Yorba Linda)

King Cup – 2021 California State Handicap Go Championship
Handicap: Division I: 1st Place – Jaewoo Go Park (1.0k, San Jose)
Handicap: Division I: 2nd Place – Patrick Lu (1.1d, Cerritos)
Handicap: Division I: 3rd Place – Andy Shunwei Zhou (1.3d, Corona)
Handicap: Division II: 1st Place – Arunas Rudvalis (6.2k, Oceanside)
Handicap: Division II: 2nd Place – Enrique Garcia (3.1k, San Diego)
Handicap: Division II: 3rd Place – David Baran (6.4k, Beverly Hills)
Handicap: Division III : 1st Place – Jiaying Wei (9.3k, San Diego)
Handicap: Division III:  2nd Place – Nick Liddington (10.3k, Escondido)
Handicap: Division III: 3rd Place – Lucia Moscola (10.1k, San Diego)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 13×13 Go Championship
Handicap:  1st Place – Anna Zhou (9.5k, Corona)
Handicap:  2nd Place – Angel Shunying Zhou (4.9k, Corona)
Handicap:  3rd Place – Xiaomei Sunny Sun (6.7k, 欧文)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Girls Go Championship
Handicap:  1st Place – Angelina Zhao (4.4k, Irvine)
Handicap:  2nd Place – Xiaomei Sunny Sun (6.7k, 欧文)
Handicap:  3rd Place – Abigail Wanyu Chen (5.8 k, Yorba Linda)

King Cup – 2021 California State U16 Boys Go Championship
Handicap: 1st Place – Zhenxuan Liu (1.7d, Irvine )
Handicap: 2nd Place – Jason He (3.5d, Cupertino)
Handicap: 3rd Place – Tom Liu (5.5k, Irvine)

photos by Hai Li and Jaiying Wei; report by Ted Terpstra, former SDGC president; editing by Kyle Fenimore.


NAGF announces Next-Generation exhibition match

Sunday December 5, 2021

The North American Go Federation (NAGF) is hosting exhibition games for North American players. The matches will be between promising young players and professionals. The event details are also available on the NAGF website.

Saturday December 11th, at 7PM EST (4pm PST)

The games will be played online on OGS, and broadcast on the AGA twitch channel.

Alexander Qi  vs  Mingjiu Jiang (7p)
Kevin Yang  vs  Ryan Li (3p)
Val Lewis  vs  Cathy Li (1p)
Chih Rong (James) Sun  vs  Calvin Sun (1p)

30 minutes main time with 3 periods of 40 seconds byo-yomi
Reverse Komi

Hajin Lee and Nick Prince

– Report by Hajin Lee, editing by Derek McGuire


2022 South Central Go Tournament Online Open for Registration

Wednesday December 1, 2021

The 2022 South Central Go Tournament Online will be held on the KGS go server the Saturday and Sunday before Presidents’ Day (February 19-20, 2022). From 2016 to 2020, the tournament was played live in Dallas. In 2021—and now again in 2022—the pandemic has made it necessary to hold the tournament online. There are no geographic restrictions for who may play, but all participants must be current AGA members (including any players from outside the United States). The best-placed Texas resident in the Open Section will become the 2022 Texas State Champion. The 2021 tournament had 16 Open Section players and 60 Handicap Section players. Players can find more details and register for the 2022 tournament at You can also find the South Central Go Tournament on Facebook. Email Bob Gilman at with questions about the tournament.

-report by Bob Gilman, edited by Hailey Renner


The New York Go Honor Society League Returns

Wednesday December 1, 2021

“After a prolonged break, the New York Go Honor Society (NYGHS) is excited to announce the return of the New York Go league!” says organizer Joshua Wong. The first rounds of the league will begin on December 11th with a registration deadline of December 9th.

The league is two months long and will feature a round-robin style format, with each division having 8-10 players. For more information about the league, you can check out the rules and regulations document.

All players are welcome to register here. Like past iterations of the league, the only prerequisite is to have a rank, either certified by a Go organization, or to have a stable rank on a Go server. “We hope to see you there!” says Wong.

-report by Joshua Wong, edited by Derek McGuire