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Hai Li 5P lecture kicks off fall program in San Diego

Mer, 18/09/2019 - 21:38

The San Diego Go Club kicked off its fall program of professional go lectures and tournaments with a presentation by Chinese pro Hai Li 5P in Balboa Park. It was the first in a monthly series of eight go lectures by Yilun Yang 7P and Hai Li 5P. Each pro will give four lectures – one per lecturer per month. The lectures are free to all and sponsored by the American Go Foundation and the San Diego Go Club.

The SDGC will also sponsor two free tournaments the morning of Sunday, September 29: a 13×13 youth tournament and a 19×19 tournament for everyone else. AGA membership is required to play in both. At 2:00 p.m. the same day Yilun Yang will give his first lecture of the fall. Free pizza will be served at 1:15 p.m., between the tournaments and the lecture.

All of the above events will be located at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park. More information and registration can be found at

-report and photos by Ted Terpstra


Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on Chinese Agon Cup

Mar, 17/09/2019 - 07:00

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Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the September 17, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yuan Zhou reviews this semifinal match of the 2019 Chinese Agon Cup, between Ke Jie 9p and Fan Tingyu 9p. Yuan Zhou gives this summary of te players: “Ke Jie is the number one (human) player in the world, currently holding seven world titles. Fan Yingyu is a strong member of the Chinese national team. Although Ke Jie is number one in the world he currently has won only one national Chinese title. He says that, because of the strength of the national Chinese team, the competition is more difficult in national Chinese matches than in world matches. In this game, Fan Tingyu, who won the last Ing Cup four years ago, is Black, and Ke Jie is White. Ke Jie’s record playing White is much better than when he plays Black.”

Yuan Zhou 7 dan is one of the strongest players in the US. He has won many titles. Zhou is also a popular teacher, lecturer, and author. He lives in Germantown, MD, and can be reached at . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (


Frederick Bao sweeps National Go Center Back to School Tournament

Mar, 17/09/2019 - 00:26

Fresh from his win at the top section of the US Open in Madison WI, Frederick Bao 5d (on the right) went 4-0 to win the 5d-6d section in an overall field of 34. Second place went to Justin Teng 6d (on the left) with a 3-1 record.

Other three and four game winners were: Fengqi (David) Wen 1k 4-0, Sarah Crites 4k 3-1, Kurt Guynn 6k 3-1, John Gipson 6k 3-1, Ian LeBlanc 7k 4-0, and Tonya Perez-Lopez 17k 3-1. All winners received NGC t-shirts. Upcoming events at the NGC include a return of Pair Go/Paella night on 9/27, and the popular Pumpkin Classic Tournament on 10/26.

report and photo by Gurujeet Khalsa


Upcoming Go Events: Houston, Portland, Vienna, San Diego

Lun, 16/09/2019 - 23:03

September 21: Houston, TX
Houston Fall Tournament
Paul Howard 832-876-6511
Michael Bloom

September 21-22: Portland, OR
2019 Oregon State Go Championship
Roy Schmidt 309-360-9473

September 28: Vienna, VA
2019 Virginia Open/State Championship Qualifier
Edward Zhang

September 29: San Diego, CA
2019 San Diego Back-to-School Go Championship
Ted Terpstra 619-384-3454

September 29 – December 8: San Diego, CA
Yilun Yang (7P) Sunday Afternoon Go Classes
Ted Terpstra 619-384-3454


Get the latest go events information.


Seeking pro or amateur representative for Bingsheng Cup

Lun, 16/09/2019 - 21:31

The 10th Suzhou Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup, a women’s weiqi tournament, is seeking a representative from North America. The tournament will be held October 29th through Novermber 4th in Suzhou, China. Interested professional and amateur (4D+) women residing in North America are asked to please e-mail no later than Friday, September 20th so that we may run a preliminary tournament among the interested players.


Collegiate players wanted for the World Students Pair Go Championship in Japan

Lun, 16/09/2019 - 21:28

The AGA is looking for one male player and one female player to play as a pair in the 6th World Students Pair Go Championship in Tokyo, Japan from December 6 to 11. Players must be either American or Canadian citizens, under the age of 30, and currently enrolled in any higher education institution as students. Room and board are provided by the tournament as well as 50% of airfare, with players expected to bear 50% of airfare and other travel costs.

Eligible interested players should contact the AGA Pair Go Coordinator, Hajin Lee, at no later than September 24.


Pandanet AGA City League Year 8 registration begins

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 22:21

Pandanet AGA City League registration begins again for a new year. Registration will be open until Saturday November 2nd.The first round will start on November 17th. Please see the updated rules for the year for any questions. Registration and questions can be sent to We hope to see your city compete this year!


Jeff Newmiller, David Baran win Davis/Sacramento Fall Quarterly

Ven, 13/09/2019 - 21:21

On August 31st, the Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Fall Quarterly. There were 14 players, “Which was the largest field in some time,” reports Willard Haynes. Four of the players were playing in their first AGA event. The winner of Division 1 was Jeff Newmiller 2k with a 3-1 record. David Baran 7k won Division 2 with a perfect 4-0 result.
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Registration for Season 9 of Collegiate Go League Open

Gio, 12/09/2019 - 20:32

Registration for Season 9 (2019-2020) of the Collegiate Go League is now open. Colleges and universities across North America with at least three interested student players can form a team to compete online against other schools. Matches are 3 vs 3 and will take place every two weeks in the Collegiate Go League room on the KGS Go Server. There will be 5 rounds in the Fall and 5 rounds in the Spring, which culminate in a championship playoffs for the top schools in April to crown the CGL champion. See if your school has what it takes to defeat perennial powerhouse UCLA, last season’s defending champion.

Registration will close on October 6th for schools who wish to be paired in the first round, which will be on October 12th. However, if you miss the registration deadline and still wish to participate, you can still register at any time and be paired starting in the following round. For more details about the CGL, please read the Rules.


18th World Students Go Oza Championship

Mer, 11/09/2019 - 16:00

Pandanet is holding the 18th World Students Go Oza Championship from February 17-21, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, where sixteen students from around the world will gather to determine the world’s top student player.

To select the finalists, there will be an online preliminary round on Pandanet; check out the tournament page for details. University/college students under the age of 30 are eligible to participate in the preliminary round (note that students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the prelim). Application deadline is October 20.

Pandanet covers airfare, hotel and meals. For any other questions, email Chika Mochizuki and The All-Japan Students GO Association.


Huang Tops 1st U20 Eastern Youth Go Open

Mer, 11/09/2019 - 03:14

31 young players came out to the New York Institute of Go in Little Neck, NY to compete in the 1st U20 Eastern Youth Go Open on August 31st. The tournament was sponsored by the NYIG and organized by NYIG President Stephanie Yin 1p as part of an initiative to create more opportunities for youth to have face-to-face tournament play. In order to be eligible to play in this tournament, players had to be at least 10 kyu or stronger, which Yin hopes will encourage newer players to improve their playing level. Players came from as far as Chicago and Maryland to play in the tournament, which featured over $1,500 of prizes. In the open section, Willis Huang 6d from New Jersey went undefeated to be crowned the undisputed champion. In a rare turn of events, the other four players in that section defeated each other in a circle, creating an unbreakable tie for second. In the other divisions, Shuhui Lin 2d, Chase Lin 1k, and Xinyu Chen 6k demonstrated their prowess with undefeated 4-0 records.

The NYIG plans for this tournament to be an annual event, and looks forward to more young players competing in the future. Additional tournaments and events for both youth and adult players are also in the works, so stay tuned for future announcements.

Top tables at the 1st U20 Eastern Youth Open

Winner’s list:

Division A (Open)
1st: Willis Huang 6d
2nd (4-way tie): Alex Qi 4d, Sophia Wang 4d, Frederick Bao 5d, Minzhi Wang 5d

Division B
1st: Shuhui Lin 2d
2nd: Jiayang Su 1d
3rd: Niel Ni 1d

Division C
1st: Chase Lin 1k
2nd: Samantha Soo 4k
3rd (tie): Marcos Yang 1k and Jerry Ju 3k

Division D
1st: Xinyu Chen 6k
2nd: Jonathan Chen 9k
3rd: Crystal Yihan Pang 8k

-Report and Photos by Justin Teng


Go Spotting: Game of Stones? Pattern Stones?

Mar, 10/09/2019 - 13:37

A couple of AGA members have recently told us about references to games with stones in science fiction novels. Could these folks be playing Go?

Peter Freedman points out that in the science fiction trilogy Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley, the warriors play “a game of stones” with black and white stones. Unfortunately, we have no more information about this.

Meanwhile, Mike Goerss points out that in Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee, another science fiction trilogy, the characters play a game called “pattern stones” that seems like it could possibly be Go. Few details about this game are provided, but there is a reference to a three-stone handicap, and also the line, “Brezan placed a black stone – naturally he was the weaker player.” (These references appear on pages 152-154 of Raven Stratagem, the second book in the series.)

If you find more clues about what game these characters are playing, or if you spot references to Go in other popular literature, please let us know by dropping us a line at


Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Common Mistakes

Mar, 10/09/2019 - 07:00

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Published in the September 10, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

This commentary on a 3 kyu game focuses on tesujis for both average kyu and mid-dan players, as well as identifying important vs. unimportant stones.

A longtime contributor to the American Go E-Journal, former insei Kazunari Furuyama has returned with his popular EJ column, now in sgf files and re-named “Lessons with Kaz”.   Visit his newly improved website, including the advice column and example problems.  Kaz also has room for offline teaching.


Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s September Hard Life and Death Puzzle

Mar, 10/09/2019 - 07:00

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Black to play. Black cannot save the inside stones. What to do?
Published in the September 10, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at


Washington Go Festival to include Virginia state championship this month

Dom, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
2018 US Open in Virginia

This month’s Washington Go Festival promises to give players a full day of competition, featuring four tournaments including the three-round Virginia Open, which this year will serve as a qualifying tournament for the first Virginia State Championship tournament. “The top four Virginia resident players will qualify to compete for a final-four state championship,” reports organizer Edward Zhang. “We also want to encourage more youth and women to join us, as there will be prizes for the youth and women’s champion as well!” Three AGA chapters – NOVA Go, Capital Go, and the Korean American Baduk Association – have joined together to host the state championship as part of the AGA’s new State Championship System. The festival will be held Saturday September 28th and also include team tournaments and a free computer-aided tournament during the lunch break. Players can register here.


Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s September Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Mar, 03/09/2019 - 07:00

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Black to play. To attack this White, the first move is the key.
Published in the September 3, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at


Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a 2 Dan Game

Mar, 03/09/2019 - 07:00

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Commentary: Guo Juan 5P

Game Editor: Myron Souris

Published in the September 3, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this game between 2 dan players, Guo Juan covers choosing the joseki for the correct direction of play. She also covers in detail an invasion shape that frequently occurs.

Guo Juan 5P is a popular go teacher based in Amsterdam. Check out her online go school, featuring recorded lectures and problems presented in a Spaced Repetition System. Here you will learn and remember correct play. And there’s a one month free trial!


Upcoming Go Events: Livermore, Washingto DC, Tucson

Mar, 03/09/2019 - 03:10

September 7: Livermore, CA
Vintage Go 2019
Lynda LoDestro 925-422-6780

September 7: Washington, DC
NGC Back to School Tournament
Gurujeet Khalsa 703-626-0777

September 15: Tucson, AZ
Tucson GO Club Fall Ranking
Charles V Polkiewicz 520-248-1038

Get the latest go events information.


AGA website content managers wanted

Sab, 31/08/2019 - 15:24

Want to help make the AGA’s website an even more useful resource for Go players worldwide? Join our website content team! Team members will review the existing pages to determine what needs updating, work with experienced team members to make the changes, and implement updates going forward. No html experience is necessary; a keen eye for detail and commitment to the global Go community is a must. The AGA is looking for other volunteers for the organization, as well. Some of these include AGA Treasurer, Services Coordinators, and Application Developers. Our full list of positions can be found on the Get Involved! page on the sidebar. Those interested in any of these opportunities can email for more information.


Kim In Kuksu International Baduk Championship seeks players

Ven, 30/08/2019 - 02:21

If you’re a male Go player born before December 31, 1969 or a female player born before December 31, 1989, the 13th Kim In Kuksu International Baduk Championship could be just the ticket! The tournament is set for October 25-28 and all you have to do is get yourself to Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea and the Korea Baduk Association will cover your room and board, ground transportation in Korea and sightseeing costs for the participants during the period of the event. AGA president Andy Okun has been there before and calls it “an amazing Go trip and culinary delight; not to be missed!” For details and to register, email


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