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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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Registration Open for AGHS Weekly Go Problems Season

Friday December 18, 2020

“Registration for the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) Weekly Go Problems Season 1 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. This year, we will be dividing the program into two seasons, one in the winter and the other in the spring. Each season lasts ten weeks, with prizes being awarded at the end of each one.”

Register here if you would like to participate

The deadline to sign up is January 9, 2021, 11:59 pm PST. Season 1 will begin on January 10th. If you have any questions, please contact aghsregister@gmail.com.

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Cao and Zhou named AGHS Presidents for 2020-2021

Tuesday December 1, 2020

Melissa Cao at the Nihon Ki-in

Brandon Zhou at the US Go Congress

Melissa Cao and Brandon Zhou have been voted as the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) presidents for the 2020-2021 year. The AGHS, a youth organization run by primarily high-school students, strives to promote Go and develop the strength of the youth across the nation. The annual Young Lions and School Team Tournament are some of AGHS’ most popular events. Cao and Zhou “are excited to lead AGHS this year, and hope to make Go more accessible throughout the US amid the global pandemic.” Cao and Zhou are proud to announce this year’s AGHS Board Members:

Melissa Cao – Co-President
Brandon Zhou – Co-President
Sophia Wang – Vice President
Jenny Li – Promotion Head
Seowoo Wang – Tournament Director
Andrew Zhang – Tournament Director, Website Manager
Katherine Xie – Treasurer
Frederick Bao – Treasurer, Secretary
Alice Cai – Content Creator

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Registration for 2020 Young Lions Tournament Closing Soon

Tuesday November 10, 2020

“The AGHS Young Lion’s tournament is just a few weeks away,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “This is one of AGHS’ longest running events and will be held on November 22nd and 29th this year. All eligible participants must be 18 years of age or younger, or currently enrolled in high school, and are citizens/permanent residents of North America.”

The Young Lions Tournament is funded by the American Go Foundation.
Registration deadline is 11/15/2020 at 11:59 pm PST.

For rules and regulations, click here
For registration, click here

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Registration Open for 2020 Young Lions Tournament

Tuesday October 20, 2020

“Registration for the American Go Honor Society’s 2020 Young Lions Tournament is now open,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “This is one of AGHS’ longest running events and will be held on November 22nd and 29th this year. All eligible participants must be 18 years of age or younger, or currently enrolled in high school, and are citizens/permanent residents of North America. The tournament will be held in the AGHS Tournament Room on KGS. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each division. The registration deadline is November 15th, so be sure not to miss it! If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact aghsregister@gmail.com.”

For rules and regulations, click here
For registration, click here

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Registration Open for 2020 Youth League

Tuesday October 13, 2020

“Registration for the annual American Go Honor Society Youth League is now open,” says Promotion Head Jenny Li, “We welcome all players who are citizens of the US, Canada, or Mexico, and under the age of 18 to participate. Each month will consist of four to five rounds. Players will be paired with opponents of similar strength using a ladder system. All games will be played in the AGHS Tournament room on KGS. The top players of each division will receive awards at the end of each monthly league.”

The registration deadline for this event is October 30th, 11:59 PST, and the first round will begin on November 1st. If you have any questions, feel free to email aghsregister@gmail.com.

For rules and regulations, click here.
For registration, click here.

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AGF College Scholarship

Thursday October 8, 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the American Go Foundation(AGF) college scholarshipThe program  recognizes high school students who have served as important youth organizers and promoters for the go community. To apply, download and complete the application form here.  Applicants should describe their accomplishments and volunteer work in a short essay. Letters of recommendation may also be included. Applicants whose enthusiasm and ambition have helped spread go in under-served areas will be given special consideration. Strong players who spend much of their time voluntarily teaching will also be considered, although the award focuses on promoters and organizers who have made substantial contributions during their go career. Applications are due Nov. 5th this year. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  

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Officer Applications for the American Go Honor Society (AGHS) Open

Friday August 21, 2020

“Applications for the 2020-2021 American Go Honor Society (AGHS) officer team are now open,” says Vice President of Operations Melissa Cao, “The American Go Honor Society is an organization driven primarily by high school students to promote go among young players throughout America. Tournaments, leagues, and other go events catered towards youth are hosted throughout the school year by the AGHS.”

To apply, please fill out the form here
The application deadline is Monday, August 31st at 11:59pm PDT.

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Frank Luo named AGF Teacher of the Year

Thursday July 30, 2020

Frank and his daughter Alice promoting go at a local school.

Frank Luo has been chosen as the AGF Teacher of the Year. The traditional prize, of a free trip to congress, will have to be delayed until next year but the AGF wanted to celebrate Luo’s accomplishments now. Luo will give a talk on the AGA’s Twitch channel on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 4 pm EDT.

“I am so honored to receive the 2020 AGF Teacher of the Year Award,” writes Luo. “Thank you all, especially our parents for supporting their kids playing this educational board game.

“Just like many other go teachers, I started teaching with a desire to connect with my own kids by playing go. Over time, it became a way to share this fascinating game with other families in the local community of Mason, Ohio. In the winter of 2007, I took over an enrichment activity that a few kids, including my own son, had enjoyed greatly. Time flies, it has been more than 12 years now and our go program has had dozens of students since then. With the help of other parents, volunteers, and Huaxia Chinese school in Mason, Ohio, our program has expanded from one class with four students to two classes in the winter of 2019. Now, we have several different levels of groups of young go players active all year round. 2020 has been a year with much uncertainty, so we moved all classes online. We not only have one hour of instruction time, but we also have three playing times each week using Zoom where kids play games and can also socialize with each other. Playing time also serves as a reminder to play go regularly. We teach, we learn, we play with each other, and we play with friends from other parts of the country and other parts of the world.

“We have had all kinds of go activities in the past, including meetups at the libraries, go pizza parties, online team challenge matches, and annual local tournaments that attract players from other cities in Ohio and neighboring states. We organize our students to participate in all AGA/AGHS activities including the School Team Tournament (we always have more than one team), NAKC, Young Lion’s Cup and AGA Youth Go Camp. Our students have performed very well in these activities and received many medals and trophies. We compete with players across the United State and it is fun.

“Several years ago, with the help of my friend and go parent, Tong, we started publishing stories in our community’s newsletter and we started to gain recognition in locally. We also began introducing go to local elementary schools and universities with game nights and many other activities. Many local kids have gotten to know this fascinating board game as a result.

“I try to integrate independent thinking, math concepts, sport spirit, culture, and language elements into my lessons. I hope playing go becomes part of our young kids’ life when they grow up, enjoying the ebb and flow of the game and life. Teaching go has also enriched my own life. Every teaching moment and every event challenges me to do better so our kids can do better as well. We have been thinking about creating a grade level online tournament for double digit kyu players and we are looking for other go teachers who are interested in this idea.

“I appreciate the AGF and the AGA’s commitment to go and look forward to working together to promote go in the future,” said Luo. -Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor. Photo by Frank Luo.

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