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Registration for the AGHS Charity Event Extended to June 10th

Sunday June 6, 2021

“Registration for the AGHS Charity event has been extended,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “All are invited to join us for three rounds, held at KGS’s AGHS Tournament Room on June 12 at 1 PM, 3 PM, and 5 PM EDT. Each table will be played in a round-robin format between 3 adult players and 3 youth players. Anti-Asian violence and hate crimes have been on the rise, so we wanted to take this time to raise awareness and appreciation for Asian culture. 100% of the profits will be donated to Gold House Foundation Inc, an organization that honors the AAPI community’s achievements and voices through promoting unity, representation, and success. Please register by June 10, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.”

For more information about rules and regulations, click here.

To register for the event, click here.

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AGF Teacher of the Year nominations open

Monday May 31, 2021

2020 AGF Teacher of the Year Frank Luo and his daughter Alice promoting go at a local school.

Nominations for the American Go Foundation’s  Teacher of the Year award are due by June 30th. The award is usually presented each year at the U.S. Go Congress. Although congress will again be online due to Covid-19, the AGF will still honor a teacher this year and they will win a trip to next year’s congress in Estes Park as well. 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, either online or in person. 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 June 30th and should include a description of the teacher’s activities, how long they have been teaching, and how many students attend their program. – Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo: 

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Registration Open for AGHS Youth vs. Adult Charity Event

Monday April 19, 2021

“Registration for the AGHS Youth vs. Adult Charity event is now open!” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “Anti-Asian violence and hate crimes have been on the rise, so we want to take this time to raise awareness and appreciation for Asian culture. As much as it is an inspiration for all, the game of Go we have today is a result of millennia of Asian culture, built up and passed down through the generations. We hope the AGHS values of collaboration and opportunity can translate to supporting the AAPI community. We welcome all players to participate. The three rounds will be held in KGS’s AGHS Tournament Room on June 12 at 1 PM, 3 PM, and 5 PM EDT. Each table will be played in a round robin format between 3 adult players and 3 youth players. The registration deadline for this event is June 5, 11:59 PM EDT.”

For more information about rules and regulations, click here.

To register for the event, click here.

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Registration Open for 2021 AGHS School Team Tournament

Monday March 29, 2021

“What words do you think of when you hear ‘school’?” asks Promotion Head Jenny Li, “Homework, tests, Zoom? Nah. This year, AGHS will revamp your word cloud by hosting the annual School Team Tournament on April 25th and May 2nd on OGS via BadukClub. There will be a total of four rounds, starting at 10 PM and 1 PM PST on each of the two days. In order to be eligible, players must be under 19 or currently enrolled in K-12. Each team must consist of at least three players who go to the same school or institution.”

The registration deadline is April 18th 11:59 PM PST.
Click here to register and learn more information about eligibility and rules

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Registration Open for AGHS Weekly Go Problems – Spring Season 2021

Sunday March 21, 2021

“Registration for the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) Weekly Go Problems – Spring Season 2021 is now open, and all players are welcomed,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “Each Sunday, we will provide Go problems with five different levels from the most beginner to the most advanced level. Practicing problems is a great opportunity to enhance your skills and will benefit you tremendously in your games. The season lasts ten weeks, with prizes being awarded at the end.”

Register here if you would like to participate

The deadline to sign up is April 8th, 2021, 11:59 pm PDT. If you have any questions, please contact aghsregister@gmail.com.

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Registration Open for the 1st Girls who Play Go Tournament

Friday January 29, 2021

“Inspired by founder Reshma Saujani’s Girls Who Code, the American Go Honor Society has established the first-ever Girls Who Play Go,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “This event aims to promote and increase the number of young female players in the Go community. We welcome all female participants from across the globe who are under the age of 18 to this casual, four-round tournament.”

This event will be held on March 7th and March 14th on OGS this year. The registration deadline is 11:59 pm PT on February 28th, 2021. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

Click here for rules and regulations.
Click here to register.
Email aghsregister@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

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Registration Open for the 2021 North American Kyu Championships, Redmond Cup and AGA Girls Cup

Tuesday January 19, 2021

While the pandemic may have put a pause on many tournaments, the annual suite of AGA youth tournaments will remain in full swing for 2021. Registration is now open for the 8th North American Kyu Championships (NAKC), the 28th Redmond Cup, and the 4th AGA Girls Cup. For all three tournaments, competitors must reside in North America and be a member of the his or her country’s national Go organization.

Youth competing at the US Go Congress

The 8th North American Kyu Championships will be held on February 20th and is a four-round, one-day tournament on the KGS Go Server for North American kyu players under the age of 18. Top junior (under 13) and senior (13-17) players in each division can win personalized crystal trophies, and the junior and senior champions of the top division will be invited to play in the Redmond Cup, which traditionally requires one to have a dan-level rank to compete. Players who complete all rounds of the NAKC will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2021 US Go Congress (USGC) in Cleveland, Ohio courtesy of the American Go Foundation. If there is no in-person USGC in 2021 due to the pandemic, the scholarship will be transferrable to the next in-person USGC. Registration for the NAKC closes on February 14th, and interested competitors can read about the rules and additional details for more information.

The 28th Redmond Cup and 4th AGA Girls Cup are premier tournaments for North American youth under 18 and females under 16 respectively. Players must have an accredited rank of 1-dan or higher to participate in the Redmond Cup, and an accredited rank of 10-kyu or higher to participate in the AGA Girls Cup. The Redmond Cup features both a Junior (under 13) and a Senior (13-17) division, while the AGA Girls Cup will feature one division. Both tournaments are online preliminaries to determine two finalists in each division who will be invited to play in a best-of-three match at the 2021 US Go Congress. The American Go Foundation will cover all reasonable expenses for the finalists of both tournaments to travel to and compete at the 2021 USGC. If there is no in-person 2021 USGC, the Finals will be played at the following in-person USGC. Players who complete all rounds of either tournament will also be eligible for a $200 scholarship to the next in-person USGC. Registration for the Redmond Cup will close on March 10th, with competition starting on March 15th. Registration for the AGA Girls Cup will close on March 17th, with competition starting on March 22nd. Interested competitors can read about the rules for the Redmond Cup and rules for the AGA Girls Cup for more information.

— Story by Justin Teng; photo by Paul Barchilon, AGA Youth Coordinators

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Registration open for the 2021 Eastern Youth Open

Wednesday January 13, 2021

“The Eastern Youth Open (EYO) is a 4-round open youth tournament hosted by the New York Go Association (NYGA) for players of all levels under the age of 18. Having started in 2019, the EYO provides an opportunity for young players to play in a high-standard formal tournament. Due to the pandemic, this year’s tournament will be held virtually on the KGS Go Server,” says Stephanie Yin, President of the New York Go Association.

The top three players in each division will receive certificates and trophies. This year’s tournament will take place on Sunday, February 21st with registration closing on February 14th. For more information and to register, please visit the NYGA event page. In addition, the NYGA is hosting a 5-day Spring Intense Training Camp from Feb 15-19. Come have fun with excited Go peers and prepare for the tournament!

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Registration Open for First AGHS Pair Go Tournament

Tuesday January 5, 2021

“Registration for the first AGHS Pair Go Tournament is now open,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “We welcome players from across the globe and of all ages. This two-round event will be hosted in the AGHS Tournament Room on KGS on February 6th, 2021, with the first and second round starting respectively at 4pm EST and 7pm EST. Each pair must consist of at least one youth player. To be eligible for a prize, each pair must also consist of one female and one male player, however, this is not a requirement to participate in the event.”

If you are looking for a partner, please enter your information in this document. The registration deadline for this year’s AGHS Pair Go Tournament is January 30, 2021, 11:59 pm PT. If you would like to play and still do not have a partner by the registration deadline, please indicate so on the registration form, and the AGHS tournament directors will assign you a partner. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament. If you have any questions, please contact aghsregister@gmail.com. For more information, please read the rules and regulations.

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Tianyi Li and Zixuan Gao win 2020 Young Lions Tournament

Saturday December 19, 2020

Tianyi Li

“On November 22nd and 29th, over 140 youth players from across North America participated in the largest ever Young Lions Tournament, AGHS’ longest-running tournament,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “After four competitive rounds, two 4 dan players Tianyi Li and Zixuan Gao tied for first place and emerged as the champions for this year’s Young Lions Tournament.”

Zixuan Gao


Winners report: Open Division 1st place: Tianyi Li, Zixuan Gao; Division A 1st place: Sophie Lin, 2nd place: Chase Lin, Juanshu Lan; Division B 1st place: Albert Tang, 2nd place: David Wu, 3rd place: Steve Zhang; Division C 1st place: Andy Zhou, 2nd place: Stephanie Tan, 3rd place: Jason Liu; Division D 1st place: Mathew Wang, 2nd place: Anna Zhou, 3rd place: Alexander Lo; Divison E 1st place: Joshua Wong, 2nd place: Lucia Moscola, 3rd place: Isaac Zhang; Divison F 1st place: Tianning Li, 2nd place: Tony Li, 3rd place: Amari González; Divison G 1st place: Irene Zhang, 2nd place: Yiting Liu, 3rd place: Ava Gao; Divison H 1st place: Eric Wang, 2nd place: Noah Carrafa, 3rd place: William Xiang; Division I 1st place: Woody Yin, 2nd place: Enzo Moscola, 3rd place: Austin Reyes; Division J 1st place: Kyle Tang, 2nd place: Michelle Wong, 3rd place: Andy Li

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