American Go Association

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The American Go Association (AGA) was founded in 1935, to promote the board game of Go in the United States.[1] Founded by chess master Edward Lasker and some friends at Chumley's restaurant in New York City, the AGA is one of the oldest Western Go associations.

The AGA publishes a weekly online newsletter that reaches more than 13,000 subscribers worldwide, The American Go E-Journal, and an annual Yearbook; maintains a national rating system; organizes an annual national event, The US Go Congress; selects North American representatives in international tournaments; and provides support to its members and chapters as they promote Go in their communities.

Events for youth have also been established, including tournaments and an annual AGA youth summer camp that features instruction from professional players. The AGA has developed a set of rules that attempts to reconcile difference between "area"-based rule sets and "territory"-based rule sets, and participates actively in an international committee, trying to establish a unified worldwide set of rules.

As a member of the International Go Federation, which in turn belongs to SportAccord, the AGA is the official organization responsible for managing and promoting Go in the United States.

Publicity and exposure[edit]

President Barack Obama's administration contacted the AGA for an American-made Go board etched with the presidential seal and signature, the gift given on November 17th, 2009 to China's President Hu Jintao.[2]

Whilst the US go community were buzzing about getting exposure, and the BBC covered the event on its Newsnight programme[citation needed], the US press did not really pick up the story, except the Chapel Hill Herald, the local paper where the board was made. [3]

Professional System[edit]

In December 2011, The AGA partnered with the Korea Baduk Association and the Korean go server TongYang Online (Tygem) to promote a new professional players system for the US.[4] Tygem agreed to sponsor and be the broadcaster for the 2012 professional certification tournament.[4]

The certification system is open to both US citizens and Canadian citizens via invitation pending the residency requirement and qualifying as a finalist.[4]

AGA Professional players[edit]

  • 2012: Andy Liu 1P and Gansheng Shi 1P[5]
  • 2014: Calvin Sun 1P[6]
  • 2015: Ryan Li 1P[7]

AGA City League[edit]

Main article: AGA City League

The City League is an AGA tournament where teams from different cities play each other in a league system, on the Pandanet-IGS server in the AGA room.

The teams consist of up to five players, out of whom three are selected to play in each round.

The current rules are listed here [1].

AGA City League A 2013[edit]


Round 1[edit]

January 26, 2013

Round 2[edit]

February 24, 2013

Round 3[edit]

March 17, 2013

Round 4[edit]

March 31, 2013

Round 5[edit]

April 28, 2013

Round 6[edit]

May 12, 2013

Round 7[edit]

May 26, 2013

Round 8[edit]

June 16, 2013

Round 9[edit]

June 30, 2013

Round 10[edit]

July 14, 2013

AGA City League A 2014[edit]


Round 1[edit]

January 25, 2014

Round 2[edit]

February 22, 2014

Round 3[edit]

March 29, 2014

Round 4[edit]

April 26, 2014

Round 5[edit]

May 17, 2014


Team Win Lose Rank
Canwa Vancouver 5 0 1
Seattle 4 1 2
Greater Washington 3 2 3
Boston 2 3 4
Los Angeles 1 4 5
Toronto, ON 0 5 6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Laird, Roy (2001). "Go in America - a history of the American Go Association" (PDF). The Proceedings of the First International Conference on Go. Department of Go Studies, Myongji University, Seoul, Korea, 5-11-12. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "A Gift Between Nations - Frank's Board". 27 November 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "GO IN THE NEWS: Carrboro Carpenter Crafts Go Board for Obama Gift". 14 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "AGA Professional System". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gangsheng Shi Wins to Join Andy Liu as First AGA Profesionals". 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Calvin Sun Edges Out Bill Lin in Dramatic Final to Win AGA Pro Tourney". 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Garlock, Chris (2015). "Ryan Li Sweeps Final to Win 2015 AGA Pro Victory". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  8. ^ AGA City League 2013
  9. ^ AGA City League 2014

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