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March 2023 Newsletter

There’s some huge news for Australian Go in this newsletter, first and
foremost being the stunning victory by Australia’s own Amy Song in the
amateur section of the *2023 SENKO CUP World GO Women’s Championship*
<> in Japan! Amy, who was
selected by the AGA Committee in December to represent Australia in the
tournament (which excluded players from China, Japan, and Korea) faced off
against and defeated players from the USA, Singapore, and Germany to clinch
the title. This is a fabulous achievement – well done Amy! Information
about the tournament can be found in the link above.

The *third volume of the Double Trouble series of Go books*, written by
David Mitchell and James Kaaden, is now available on the AGA website here
<>. The problems in this volume are
aimed at dan players, but kyu players can certainly benefit by studying the
positions. All the Double Trouble books are available for free, but if you
wish to support the AGA, please consider making a donation via the PayPal
link on the bookshop page.

A reminder that *Younggil’s live lessons* are held every Friday evening
from 7:30 pm eastern time via Zoom. The meeting details are as follows:

ID: 845 2805 5497 Passcode: 259267*

The *International Society of Go Studies
(ISGS) held their founding ceremony in February at the Korea Baduk
Association (KBA) in Seoul. The ISGS aims to promote academic research on
Go, activities that help spread and teach Go, host academic research
presentations, publish an academic journal, as well as foster exchange
among research institutes, organisations, and businesses. Australia’s
Silvia Lozeva has been appointed as a Research Director.

That’s all for now. If any of you have any Go related news that you think
should be publicised, please email me with your suggestions.


Peter Simpson
Publicity Officer
The Australian Go Association Inc


AGA 2022 Nationals – Results

There were almost 50 players at the 2022 AGA Nationals held at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues club on December 3rd & 4th.

The winners of the 2022 AGA Nationals Championships are are follows:

Division 1 (Open)

1st Tim Gu (6 wins from 6 games)

2nd Zhiming Deng (5 wins from 6 games)

3rd Tom Chen (4 wins from 6 games)

4th David He (4 wins from 6 games)

Division 2 (Dan Handicap)

1st Huan Li (6 wins from 6 games)

2nd Peter Simpson ( 4 wins from 6 games)

3rd Tony Hu (4 wins from 6 games)

4th Bowen Ge (4 wins from 6 games)

Division 3 (Kyu handicap)

Equal 1st Hong Wanpyo and Junkyo Lee (5 wins from 6 games)

3rd Gareth White (5 wins from 6 games)

4th Andrew Morris (4 wins from 6 games).

Under 18

1st – Tim Gu

2nd William Rui

3rd Tony Hu

Photos and full results can be found here



2022 Annual General Meeting

AGA 2022 AGM notice to members

Notice is hereby given that the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Go Association Inc will be held at midday Saturday 3rd December at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde, NSW, 2114.

All members are encouraged to attend and vote on the following matters at the meeting.


1. Reading of the minutes of the previous AGM – Document attached with this notice.
2. Reading of the Secretary-General’s report – Document attached with this notice.
3. Reading of the Treasurer’s report, including P&L and Balance Sheet – Documents attached with this notice.
4. Nominations for President – Raphael Shin.
5. Nominations for vice-President – Neville Smythe.
6. Nominations for Treasurer – James Kaaden.
7. Nominations for Secretary-General & DFT Public Officer – David Mitchell.
8. Nominations for Membership registrar – Neville Smythe.
9. Nominations for 5 committee members – An Younggil; Erli Qiu; Peter Simpson, Amy Song & Colton Tinkey.
10. Nominations for National Coach (ex-officio) – An Younggil 8P.
11. Location of 2023 National Championships & AGM.
12. Any other business.

Click here for a .pdf 

Please note: All AGA members as at 1st November were sent an email with the above details and other documents.  If you are an AGA member and did not get the email, please check your junk folder – if you cannot find the message, please contact us by emailing


Korean Ambassador’s Cup

The 2022 Korean Ambassador’s Cup will be held in the Sports Lounge at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues club on August 14th 2022.

There are three divisions limited to 16 contestants in each division. The Open division is for strong dan players and is recommended for 5 dan players and above. The dan handicap division is recommended for players 1 kyu to 5 dan.  The kyu handicap division is recommended for all kyu players.  Please note: the maximum handicap is 9 stones.

Full details and the entry form can be found by clicking here


2022 Victorian Open

The tournament is being hosted by the Victorian Go Club. The Tournament Director is  Billy Sun.  There will be one division, an open competition, no handicap. Registration closes on 30th June.  The tournament will be held on July 2nd and 3rd.

Details can be found here.


AGA and Chilean Friendship match

The AGA and Chilean Go Associations will be playing a Friendship match on Sunday 5th June.  Games start at 11:00 am (AEST) on the OGS ( Go server.
Details and our team are as follows:

2022 Live Lessons

The AGA is pleased to announce that An Younggil’s Friday evening Live Lessons are now available to all AGA members.

This has been made possible through the support of Sustaining AGA Members and the Korean Baduk Association (KBA). A huge thank you to all of our amazing Sustaining Members (listed on the home page of the AGA website) and the KBA for giving all Australian Go players the chance to learn from a top professional player.

Please come to the lessons and if you would like to support live lessons or other AGA initiatives, you can donate at 100% of all donations are used for Go in Australia. This isn’t just online lessons, but also support for new clubs, supplying prizes for tournaments, teaching in schools & universities and more.

We look forward to seeing you at the lessons. The Zoom details  have been emailed to all Australian Go players, so check your junk folder and if you cannot find it, please email the AGA Secretary


DAKTECH Cup 2022 Update

Townsville Go Club is hosting the Daktech Cup 2022 Tournament for Rare Cancers Australia. The tournament is over and has raised over $1,700 for Rare Cancers Australia.  A huge “thank you” must go to Mell & Colton Tinkey for all of the work to make the tournament a success. Colton’s final email with the results are below.

We have officially finished the DakTech Cup Tournament and now it is time to announce our winners!

For the Open Division:

  1. Webber TSE
  2. Ken Xie
  3. Amy Song

For the Handicap Division:

  1.  Serene Rawlings
  2. Gareth White
  3. Alfred Burgess

Excellent work guys!

For the winners and/or those to receive prizes:

Those living in Australia, your shipping costs are paid for by the sponsor, all I need from you is an address for me to send the prizes to. 

For those living outside of Australia, all you have is to pay for postage. I will box everything up and send it to the address you give me. Before shipping I will give you the exact cost and if you are ok with that price, we’ll agree to a payment method. Once paid I will mail the items out to you. Any questions please let me know. 

Final words…..

Just want to say a thank you to all of the participants in this tournament for playing your heart out and supporting Rare Cancers Australia. We wanted this tournament to be fun for all skill levels and to support something within Australian communities nationally. With the money everyone has donated ($1,703), 100% of that goes directly to individuals and their families suffering from some form of rare cancer. So a huge thank you on the behalf of those receiving your gift. Well done everyone!

Also want to say a huge thank you to DakTech for supporting us in paying for the trophies, shipping/postage within Australia and other financial costs so everything that was donated would go to Rare Cancers Australia! If you get the chance, send them a brief email or message on Facebook/Instagram to say a quick thank you. 

Lastly, the Australian Go Association and its support in helping with logistics, prizes and help with running a tournament all together. Made the tournament a blast to direct and fun for the players. Another huge thank you!

Full details including links to all of the games can be found at