Tuesday, December 18, 2007

THE SECOND US YOUTH GO CHAMPIONSHIP - sponsored by The Ing Foundation

Reported by Paul Barchilon, AGA EJournal Youth Editor - www.usgo.org

FENG YUN TO HOST USYGC FINALS: The United States Youth Go Championship (USYGC) finals will be hosted by the Feng Yun Go School in New Jersey, announced AGA President Michael Lash. All eight USYGC qualifier locations have now been selected and will be held in Honolulu, HI, Tacoma, WA, San Francisco, CA, Boulder, CO, Phoenix, AZ, Chicago, IL, New Jersey, and Newton, MA. Last year Feng Yun pulled in 51 young players at her qualifier, and with 99 AGA youth members registered at her school, a strong showing is expected in New Jersey. The USYGC will once again be run using Ing rules, with an 8 point komi. The Senior division is for youth 12 through 17 years old, and the Junior division for kids 11 and under.

In a change from last year's policy, kids and teens can register for any qualifier up to just before it begins. However, only youth who have joined the AGA by January 1, 2008 will be eligible to move on to the finals. Youth memberships (link) are just $10 and in addition to the Member’s Edition of the E-Journal – which includes commented game records – young members could win a trip to the finals and from there to the World Youth Championships. “The USYGC isn't just for strong kids,” Lash notes, “players of any strength are encouraged to compete." New players can gain tournament experience by competing directly in local events.

The American Go Foundation will again provide sixteen $400 scholarships to either the East or West US go camp. First-place winners in each qualifier and age group will get first choice; if they decline, the scholarships will be distributed to other eligible kids at a qualifier. If no youth at a given qualifier are able to attend a camp, the scholarships can be used by kids from another qualifier, providing those who play in the USYGC with a good shot at one of the 16 camp scholarships even if they don't win. Feng Yun will also be offering $400 scholarships to the 2008

Feng Yun Summer Go Camp, and any USYGC finalist may elect to go to her camp instead.


The AGA is pleased to present another season of national individual competition for U.S. youth, sponsored by The Ing Chang-ki Wei-chi Education Foundation. Our goal for this program is to create more and better opportunities for American resident youth to compete at higher levels, make new friends with their go-playing peers and others, recognize that there is a long-term view of playing go in the U.S. and ultimately, select the United States representatives in international competition.

Finalists selected at a series of regional tournaments will meet in May for the finals. The winners of the Senior and Junior Divisions will represent the US in the World Youth Goe Championship next summer. The American Go Foundation will also provide each finalist with a $400 scholarship to this year's AGA Summer Go Camp. Finalists can also choose a $400 scholarship to The 3rd Feng Yun Youth Summer Go Camp in China 2008. Contact Ms. Feng directly if you are interested in more information about those scholarships.

Click here for the official tournament rules, eligibility and other information. For additional information regarding this event contact the coordinator, Nicole Casanta. For 2007 results please use this page.

Actual locations and dates TBD.


Tacoma, WA
Gordon Castanza

Honolulu, Hawaii
Frank Alejandro

Boulder, CO
Paul Barchilon

New Jersey
Feng Yun

Newton, MA
Ke Lu

San Francisco, CA
Steve Burrall

Arizona Go Club
Phoenix, AZ
Ruka Murugan

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