U.S. Go Congress

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The U.S. Go Congress is the largest annual Go event in the United States, first held in 1985 and now into its 35th consecutive year. It is organized by the American Go Association in conjunction with one or more local clubs, and is a week-long tournament and learning opportunity for Go players. Several hundred people generally attend, including a number of professional players. A few major tournaments are incorporated into the week, including the U.S. Open and the North American Masters (NAMT) tournament.

U.S. Go Congresses and Winners[edit]

Year Number Location Sponsoring Club US Open winner NAMT winner
1985 1st Westminster, Maryland Thomas Hsiang
1986 2nd Seattle, Washington Ji Young Yoo
1987 3rd South Hadley, Massachusetts Western MA Go Club Chuang Zhuan Yu
1988 4th Berkeley, California Hong Soo Shin
1989 5th New Brunswick, New Jersey Paul Hu
1990 6th Loretto Heights, Colorado Jung Ho Lim
1991 7th Rochester, New York Empty Sky Go Club Si Yeon Li Charles Huh
1992 8th Salem, Oregon Woo Jin Kim Dae Yol Kim
1993 9th South Hadley, Massachusetts Western MA Go Club John Lee Charles Huh
1994 10th Washington, D.C. Keun-Young Lee John Lee
1995 11th Seattle, Washington Danning Jiang Thomas Hsiang
1996 12th Cleveland, Ohio Danning Jiang Jong Moon Lee
1997 13th Lancaster, Pennsylvania Thomas Hsiang Keun Young Lee
1998 14th Santa Fe, New Mexico Jie Li Jong Moon Lee
1999 15th San Francisco, California Danning Jiang
2000 16th Denver, Colorado Ted Ning Thomas Hsiang
2001 17th York, Pennsylvania Baltimore Go Club Yongfei Ge Ke Huang
2002 18th Chicago, Illinois Jung Hoon Lee Jie Li
2003 19th Houston, Texas Houston Go Club Jie Li Joey Hung
2004 20th Rochester, New York Empty Sky Go Club Jie Li
2005 21st Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Go Club and Seattle Go Center Xuefen Lin
2006 22nd Black Mountain, North Carolina Triangle Go Group Andy Liu Zhaonian (Michael) Chen
2007 23rd Lancaster, Pennsylvania Penn Go Society Yongfei Ge Mingjiu Jiang
2008 24th Portland, Oregon Portland Go Club Myungwan Kim Yun Feng
2009 25th Washington, D.C. NOVA Go Club Andy Liu
2010 26th Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Go Club Huiren Yang
2011 27th Santa Barbara, California Orange County Go Club & LA Go Club Yongfei Ge Zi Yang Hu
2012 28th Black Mountain, North Carolina The Triangle Go Group Zi Yang Hu Zi Yang Hu
2013 29th Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Go Club and Seattle Go Center Yuhan Zhang Zi Yang Hu
2014 30th New York, New York Mark Lee
2015 31st Twin Cities, Minnesota Yulin Tong
2016 32nd Boston, Massachusetts Bao Yun
2017 33rd San Diego, California San Diego Go Club Wu Hao
2018 34th Williamsburg, Virginia National Go Center Tim Song
2019 35th Madison, Wisconsin Madison Go Club Eiko Nyu
2020 36th Estes Park, Colorado Cancelled because of Pandemic. Held on-line.
2021 Cleveland, Ohio Cancelled because of Pandemic. Held on-line.

U.S. Open[edit]

The U.S. Open is a six-round Swiss-McMahon Go tournament with the longest time limits of any North American tournament. The Open is the largest Go tournament in North America. In 2006 and 2007, the tournament's top prize was $2,000.

Players are grouped by strength into different sections. These range from beginners (33kyu - 30kyu) to the advanced open section (7 dan and above).

Until 2014, High dan players (4 dan and above) received a base time of 120 minutes with 5 - 30 second byo-yomi periods. All other players received a base time of 90 minutes with 5 - 30 second byo-yomi periods. Starting from 2014, all players in the U.S. Open received the same time of 90 minutes base time with 5 - 30 second byo-yomi periods.

Additionally, beginning in 2014, the open section of the U.S. Open (7 dan and above) was combined with the North American Ing Masters into a 9-round tournament with a top prize of $5,000.[1] Players who were not 7 dan but had accumulated a sufficient number of qualifier points were also eligible to play in this section. Players who were 7 dan or above who did not wish to play in the North American Masters Tournament were allowed to play in the top section of the U.S. Open, which now combined 6 dan and 7 dan players, albeit with a lower amount of prize money at stake.

Year Champion Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place Sixth Place
2013[2] Yuhan Zhang
2012[3] Zi Yang Hu Ge Liu Zhiyuan (Andy) Liu Pengwang Song Curtis Tang Beomgeun Cho
2011[4] Yongfei Ge ZhaoNian Chen Zi Yang Hu Mingming Yin Mengchen Zhang Tianyu (Bill) Lin
2010[5] Myungwan Kim
2008[7] Kuo Yin Yongfei Ge Bi Jang Mingjiu Jiang Eric Lui
2007[8] Yongfei Ge Mingjiu Jiang Guangjiong Chen Zhaonian Chen Eric Lui Jie Liang
2006[9] Zhiyuan Liu (Andy) Mingjiu Jiang Seung Hyun Hong Curtis Tang Zhaonian Chen Dal Soo Kim
2005[10] Xuefen Lin Takahiro Kitagawa Yongfei Ge Haifeng Liu Lu Wang (Jeffrey) & Zhaonian Chen
2004[11] Jie Li Lu Wang Yongfei Ge Xuefen Lin Minshan Shou Mozheng Guan

North American Ing Masters[edit]

Year Champion One Loss
2013 Zi Yang Hu Zhi Yuan (Andy) Liu, Mingming (Stephanie) Yin, Jie Liang, Tianyu (Bill) Lin
2012 Ziyang Hu Zhiyuan (Andy) Liu, Yongfei Ge, Eric Lui, Curtis Tang
2011 Ziyang Hu Mingjiu Jiang, Huiren Yang, Yongfei Ge, Curtis Tang
2010 Huiren Yang Mingjiu Jiang, Yilun Yang, Yongfei Ge, Eric Lui, Juyong Koh
2009 Andy Liu Yun Feng, Yilun Yang, Mingjiu Jiang, Jie Li, Yongfei Ge
2008 Yun Feng Yilun Yang, Xuefen Lin, Zhaonian Chen, Juyong Koh, Thomas Hsiang

Other Events[edit]

Other events include:[12]

  • The Redmond Cup
  • The U16 Girls Cup
  • Self-paired, play anytime, handicap tournament
  • Private Lessons from Professionals
  • Professional Game Review and Analysis
  • Simultaneous Games
  • Pro Clinics
  • Lightning Go Tournament
  • Pair Go
  • Die Hard Tournament
  • Midnight Madness
  • 9x9 and 13x13 Tournaments
  • Special Events
  • Crazy Go
  • Song and Poetry Competition
  • Many onsite Go publications, equipment and materials

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The North American Masters Tournament | American Go Association". www.usgo.org. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  2. ^ 2013 US Open
  3. ^ 2012 US Open
  4. ^ 2011 US Open
  5. ^ 2010 US Open
  6. ^ 2009 US Open
  7. ^ 2008 US Open
  8. ^ US Open 2007 Final standings
  9. ^ 2006 US Open
  10. ^ 2005 US Go Congress
  11. ^ AMERICAN GO E JOURNAL August 9, 2004
  12. ^ http://congress.usgo.org/events.php#uso