ACGA Events

2013 ACGA Spring Go Expo

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM / by Brian Lee

The 2013 ACGA Spring Go Expo will be a two-day event, held on March 23-24. Both days will be held at Harvard's Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)


Use the two forms below to register for the event. The first is general registration for everyone. The second is optional, and covers everything related to travel/carpooling/travel grants, and housing / hosting. Fill out the second form if you would like to volunteer to host, if you want to request housing, or have any questions about transportation.

Thanks to the generosity of the Ing Foundation, we are able to offer up to $50 per student attendee as an out-of-town travel grant. To apply, fill out the second travel form, and we'll get in touch with you to confirm your plans and reimbursement.

Please contact us with any questions - we're looking forward to seeing you there!


Who's coming?

The 2013 ACGA Spring Go Expo is a two-day celebration of the ancient Chinese game of Go, to be held at Harvard. Aimed at both Go players and the general public, the Expo will emphasize the importance of cross-cultural education and collaboration, especially as applied to Go and its future in America.

We welcome the following guests of honor from China:

  • Ni Yaoliang, the Secretary-General of the Shanghai Ing Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to worldwide Go education with headquarters in Shanghai and Taiwan, a legacy of business magnate Ing Chang-Ki..
  • Ms. Lu Wen Zhen, Director of the Shanghai Ing Foundation
  • Chang Hao, 9p, a Chinese professional Go player and former world champion.
  • John Xiao, former Chinese University Tournament champion.
  • Zhang Jian Dong, a reporter from the Xinmin Evening News.

Additionally, we welcome the following notables:

  • Stephanie Yin 1p, a Chinese professional Go player living in the US.
  • Narumi Osawa 4p, a Japanese professional Go player visiting from the Nihon Ki-in
  • Andy Liu 1p, newly minted U.S. professional Go player.
  • Gansheng Shi 1p, newly minted U.S. professional Go player.
  • Elwyn Berklekamp, Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley, who will give a talk on game theory.
  • Peter Schumer, Professor of Mathematics at Middlebury College, who will give a talk on Go education.
  • Thomas Wolf, Professor of Mathematics at Brock University, who will give a talk on the mathematics of seki.

Go is one of the Four Arts of China. Thus, we will also have Chinese cultural performances by the Chinese Culture Connection, who will demonstrate the other three arts: qin ? (stringed instrument), shu ? (calligraphy), and hua ? (painting).

The event will include a Chinese-American professional exhibition match between Andy Liu 1p, and Chang Hao 9p, simultaneous matches against professional players, a preview of the first feature-length documentary on Go, "The Surrounding Game", public teaching and demonstrations, a youth Go tournament, and lectures on the relevance of Go beyond the board.

The Expo is open free of charge to the general public, and we especially encourage students (K-12 and university) to attend. The American Collegiate Go Association is dedicated to promoting Go to students as a means for education; we are happy to provide travel and accommodation subsidies to students and other attendees who might not otherwise attend. Further, the Expo will include a workshop and tournament specially designed for K-12 students.

Expo Schedule

Schedule in Chinese

Day 1 (Saturday, 23 March) at Harvard's Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)

Morning Activities (Doors open at 9 am)
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am
    • Simultaneous Go games with visiting professional players.
  • 11:00 am - 11:45 am
    • Welcoming introductions from the Chinese Delegation and leaders of the ACGA.
  • 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
    • Learn to play Go!
    • A variety of cultural performances and events by Chinese Cultural Connection and the Rhode Island Kung Fu Club.
    • Self-paired games
  • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    • Lunch (Provided on site)
Afternoon Activities
  • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
    • Extended preview of The Surrounding Game documentary.
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Talk by Elwyn Berlekamp on game theory and "Coupon Go"
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    • Q & A with Chang Hao 9p
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    • US - China professional exhibition match between Andy Liu 1p and Chang Hao 9p, with live commentary by Gansheng Shi 1p and Stephanie Yin 1p

Day 2 (Sunday, 24 March) at Harvard's Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)

Morning Activities (Doors open at 9 am)
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Go Workshop with Stephanie Yin 1p and Andy Liu 1p (Break at 10:45 - 11:15).
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    • Youth workshop with Gansheng Shi 1p
  • 10:45 am - 11:15 am
    • Talk by Peter Schumer on Go Education
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Youth Tournament
  • Lunch (Not provided on Sunday)
Afternoon Activities
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Simultaneous games with professional players.
    • Self-paired games
  • 3:00 pm
    • Talk by Thomas Wolf on The Mathematics of Seki.
  • 5:00 pm
    • Closing Ceremony

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Brian Lee

Written by Brian Lee