San Diego (California/USA): 33rd Annual US Go Congress from 5th till 12th August 2017

For some of our ASR members today starts an exiting time of up to 7 days by visiting the 33rd US Go Congress. While in Europe the 61st edition of the European Go Congress will end on 6th August in Oberhof (Germany), till today 454 people have registered (including 172 kyu players, 171 dan players and 25 pros) for the US GO Congress.

The American Go E-Journal’s coverage of the 2017 US Go Congress begins Saturday, August 5 with live broadcasts on both our YouTube  and Twitch channels at2017.08.04_ej-coverage-launches 2:30 pm PST (= 11:30 pm CET) with a Congress overview and intro with AGA president Andy Okun and Go Congress Co-Director Ted Terpstra, hosted by EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock. Then at 3p PST (= 12:00 am CET following day) catch the City League finals with Jennie Shen 2p, hosted by Andrew Jackson. After the finals, Garlock will host a wrap-up and preview with the directors of “The Surrounding Game,” which screens Saturday night at the Congress opening. And be sure to follow on Twitter for live tweets from the Congress site in San Diego.

photo: Steve Colburn preps game recorder laptops on Friday (4th Aug 2017); photo by Chris Garlock

The ASR Team wishes you enjoyable Go holidays & gaming !

re-print with courtesy to and friendly permission by AGA / American Go E-Journal / The American Go FoundationSan Diego Go Club

The US Go Congress is the largest go activity in the United States. It happens once a year and spans one week. Events include the US Open, the largest annual go tournament in the US, professional lectures and game analysis, continuous self-paired games, and all kinds of go-related activities from morning to midnight.

The AGA Go Camp as pre-starter already was held at Schoepe Scout Camp at Lost Valley, just outside of San Diego, from July 30th to August 5th. Myungwan Kim 9P was the instructor, and Fernando Rivera, Wenguang Wang, and Yanping Zhao have been the camp directors. The location, in the mountains above Anza-Borrego State Park, and surrounded by 1,500 acres of national forest, gave kids a taste of the outdoors. The camp featured many activities, including high-wire walking, hiking trails, horse-back riding, two swimming pools, boating, and shooting ranges. “During our drive around the camp, I saw herds of deer wandering about. Birds, and other critters are frequent visitors of the camp also,” reported Congress Director Ted Terpstra. “There are native American artifacts on site including rocks where they ground the grain into flour. This is the flagship camp of the Boy Scouts in southern California. I was impressed with the care that has gone into the maintenance of the facilities. It certainly gave an entirely different feeling compared to the packed freeways of southern California.” The AGA Go Camp was the week before the US Go Congress, and a two hour drive from the site. Youth of all ranks came and learned from a pro, improved their skills, and will come to the US Go Congress to compete in the US Open. The AGF (American Go Federation) again offered a range of scholarships. Youth who played in either the Redmond Cup or the NAKC have been eligible for $400 scholarships, and the winning teams in the School Teams Tournament will also receive full scholarships to camp.

The San Diego Go Club is enthusiastically anticipating hosting the 2017 U.S. Go Congress in August.

A new feature is that the 33rd Congress will be held at a resort this year. The Town and Country Resort is in the heart of tourist San Diego only a short distance from the international airport, downtown, the harbor with the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Petco Baseball Park, miles of beaches, Seaworld, the zoo, Balboa Park with its seventeen museums and several gardens, and Old Town State Park.

The University of California – San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego are all close by.

The Town and Country Resort is 46-acres and has three swimming pools and a gym. The American Go Association has negotiated special room rates for the Congress which can only be booked through the Congress web site. The special rates are available at the resort three days before and after the Congress for those who want to extend their stay. The on-site convention center will host all of the go activities as well as meals and can be reached from the hotel rooms without crossing a street. Housing options include an 11-story tower that was renovated in the fall of 2016 as well as another tower and garden rooms. It has its own trolley stop connecting it to many of the above attractions. There is an on-site public bus depot, a large shopping mall next-door and a 27-hole golf course right across the street.

Meals will be created by the executive chef and served at the convention center for those with meal plans.

American Go Foundation Scholarships (announcement)

US Go Congress Youth Scholarships

The US Go Congress is the ultimate Go playing experience, especially for young participants. The Congress features many special activites to attract and engage young players including:

Young Congress-goers can also play in the US Open, the Self-Paired, Pair Go, Lightning Go and other tournaments while enjoying other lectures and teaching events.

Scholarships are available to any Congress attendee under the age of 18. Most under-18s come with their families, but “singletons” can also attend, as long as someone at the Congress agrees to act in loco parentis.

Recently the AGA lost a major source of financial support for young Congress participants, so the AGF has decided to step up and continue some level of support. We are offering up to twenty scholarships of $200 each. We want to help kids come to the Congress who could not otherwise attend. We do not check for financial need — too intrusive — but you are on your honor not to ask for a scholarship unless you need one.

The scholarship application process is as follows:

After the Congress, scholarship recipients will be expected to write apost-Congress essay (1+ page, double spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point font) about their positive Congress experiences, learning experiences, and a review of their instructor(s). Essays become the property of the AGA/AGF and may be used for promotional purposes.

We hope that we will be able to meet all the scholarship needs so every child who is truly interested can attend the Congress. It’s important to apply early because scholarship money is limited! Scholarships are funded solely through donations to the American Go Foundation. The AGA and AGF are committed to making the Congress available to all who wish to come.


If you’d like to participate in these tournaments, please register as a player. Non-players may observe only.

Name Open? Director(s) Eligibility
13×13 Open Jim Hlavka Everyone
9×9 Open Pete Schumer Everyone
City League Final Invitational Steve Colburn Must have qualified
Crazy Go Open Terry Benson Everyone
Die Hard Open Andy Olsen Everyone
Evening League Open Andrew Hall Everyone
Lightning Go Open Keith Arnold Everyone
Pair Go Open Todd Heidenreich Everyone
Redmond Cup Invitational Justin Teng Finalists
Senior Open Greg Kulevich 55-years-old and up
U16 Girls Invitational Jenna Jansen Girls under the age of 16 on August 1, 2017
US Masters Invitational Matthew Hershberger Very Strong Players: 7-dan amateurs and above
US Open Open Matthew Hershberger Everyone
Women Open Lisa Scott Women


Professional Go teachers will attend the 2017 US Go Congress. As the list of attending Pros is created, descriptions of them will appear on this webpage.

  • 26 Registered Pros
Given Name Family Name Rank Country Registration Date
Hiroshi Yamashiro 9 pro JP 29 Jun 2017
WEITANG LIANG 9 pro CN 30 Jun 2017
Myungwan Kim 9 pro US 10 Apr 2017
Gun Yang 9 pro KR 2 Jul 2017
YUN FENG 9 pro US 1 Jul 2017
LINXIN CHEN 9 pro CN 30 Jun 2017
Yilun Yang 7 pro US 8 Apr 2017
Sojin On 7 pro KR 2 Jul 2017
Mingjiu Jiang 7 pro US 2 Jul 2017
Ryo Maeda 6 pro JP 29 Jun 2017
Hai Li 5 pro CN 24 May 2017
Kazushi Tsuruta 4 pro JP 29 Jun 2017
Jennie Shen 2 pro US 30 May 2017
Ziyang Hu 2 pro CA 26 May 2017
Hao Wu 2 pro CN 10 Apr 2017
MinHoo Kang 2 pro JP 29 Jun 2017
SHUANG YANG 2 pro CN 29 May 2017
Chen Shuo(Cathy) Li 1 pro CA 17 Apr 2017
William Shi 1 pro CA 13 May 2017
Eric LUI 1 pro US 28 May 2017
Zirui Song 1 pro US 25 May 2017
Zhiyuan Liu 1 pro US 23 Jun 2017
Ryan Li 1 pro CA 25 Apr 2017
YUANKUN LI 1 pro CN 30 Jun 2017
Mingming Yin 1 pro US 25 Apr 2017
Shirley Lin 1 pro US 29 Apr 2017


Congress 2017
Hotel Registration Hotels reservations:
Book through this link for AGA special rates. $170 or $135. Good 3 days before and after Congress. Both prices do not include tax or $10/room/day resort fee.
US Go Congress Registration Main registration for the 2017 US Go Congress, including tournaments, lectures, and reviews.
Late Registration Late registration fees are in effect after May 31, 2017.
Guardian Will you be responsible for any Youth Players? If you are a youth player, with whom are you attending congress?
Meal Plans Meal plans for the 2017 US Go Congress.
All taxes and gratuities are included in these prices. Subsidized meal plans are not available after June 4, 2017.
Awards Banquet The awards banquet on Saturday, August 12, 6:00 p.m. wraps up the week.


From tournament directors to the people who volunteer only a few hours at the front desk, we need your help. The Go Congress would not be possible without the dedication of dozens of volunteers. Please email the congress directors to volunteer at this year’s congress. Thanks!

Contact the organizer

Title Name Email Phone
Congress Director Ted Terpstra (619) 384-3454
Congress Director Les Lanphear
Congress Treasurer Daehyuk (Danny) Ko
Congress Registrar Arunas Rudvalis
Congress Pro Coordinator I-Han Lui
Congress Youth Coordinator Devin Fraze
US Open Tournament Director Matthew Hershberger
US Masters Tournament Director Matthew Hershberger
(Source: 08/2017 – US Go Congress (official website))


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