American Go Association

American organization to promote the board game of Go

The American Go Association (AGA) was founded in 1935, and it is responsible to promote and manage the board game of Go in the United States of America.[1] It is also a member of the International Go Federation.

AGA Activities change

The AGA publishes a weekly online newsletter, The American Go E-Journal, and an annual Yearbook. They maintains a national rating system and organizes national events, The US Go Congress and AGA City League.[2] They also select North American representatives in international tournaments;[3] and support their members as they promote Go in their communities. AGA also holds a youth summer camp that includes instruction from professional players.

AGA Professional System change

In December 2011, The AGA made a new professional players system for the US and Canada.[4] Their certification system is open to US and Canadian citizens via invitation.[4] In recognition of this movement, several Asian professional tournaments have invited AGA professionals.[5][6]

AGA Professional Players change

Professional status in Go is valid for life unless the player retires (This is also same in Japan and other Asian countries). The dates below indicate when the players were granted the AGA professional status.

  • 2012: Andy Liu 1P and Gansheng Shi 1P[7]
  • 2014: Calvin Sun 1P[8]
  • 2015: Ryan Li 1P[9]
  • 2016: Eric Lui 1P[10]

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References change

  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. "Pandanet-AGA City League Rules Year 3". Pandanet. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  3. For example, AGA is sending players to the World Amateur Go Championship and the World Youth Go Championship.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "AGA Professional System". Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. "Andy Liu 1p Wins Exchange Match, Plays in Sankei Cup Game Sunday Night". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. "New AGA Pro To Play in First Korean Tournament". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. "Gangsheng Shi Wins to Join Andy Liu as First AGA Profesionals". 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  8. "Calvin Sun Edges Out Bill Lin in Dramatic Final to Win AGA Pro Tourney". 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  9. Garlock, Chris (2015). "Ryan Li Sweeps Final to Win 2015 AGA Pro Victory". Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  10. "AGA Professional Results 2015".

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