The Virginia Open
& VA State Go Championship
New! 11th VA Open Set in April 2022 (AGA EJ Announcement)
Award certificates, participation certificates and cash prizes are offered to six divisions: Open Elite, Open, Expert, Proficient, Intermediate and Novice.
Youth and female top performers in various divisions will also be recognized.
Non-Virginia players can also play.
The 3rd Virginia State Go Championship final features best-of-three series, with game 1 in the National Go Center, and games 2 and 3 in Vienna VA.
Qingbo ‘Jeff’ Zhang took comeback wins in games 1 and 3 vs Yaming Wang, who used to be a key go organizer in Richmond VA. Both good at fighting, Zhang and Wang had plenty of ko fights and exchanges. Yet Zhang was sharp to seize opportunities in the endgame.
Growing up in Luoyang China, Zhang went to the same go school of Shi Yue 9P's. He loves reading books of a variety of subjects, including over 200 WeiQi TianDi magazines. He graduated from George Washington University with a masters degree. Prior to the pandemic, Zhang was on the top of AGA’s list for both tournaments played and rated games played. Zhang is a passionate go lover who even took multiple trips by bus and train to west coast and midwest tournaments.
Despite losses, Wang always remains calm and reviews every move for extra time, demonstrating sportsmanship: friendship trumps competition.
The VA State Championship utilizes 5 periods of 1 minute byo yomi to ensure game quality, and the three games total over 10 hours of deliberation.The CAFA-DC company, a financial safety and technology company, sponsored the recent three Virginia Open and three VA State Championship tournaments. Both prizes are $200 / $70.
The semifinal was held at Korean American Baduk Association in Annandale, VA on Nov. 6, 2021. Yaming Wang defeated Edward Zhang and Qingbo Zhang defeated Ruoshi Sun ( defeated Irvin Pajarillo earlier to earn the spot). James Lee was the director.
Previous VA State Championship winners: 1st (2019): Joshua Lee, Qingbo Zhang (runner-up), 2nd (2020): Edward Zhang, Qingbo Zhang (runner-up).
2020 Virginia State Championship Final
Saturday, Dec. 26 ，AGA Story，at OGS (online-go.com), 1.5-hour Basic Time
Tournament Director: Gary Smith，NOVA Club
9am ET Semi-Final：(4) Edward Zhang def. (1) Ruoshi Sun；(2) Qingbo Zhang def. (3) Yaming Wang
2:30 pm Final：Edward Zhang def. Qingbo ZhangGame Records：https://beta.baduk.club/mac/vachamp
9th Virginia Open（Results & AGA Report）
Who's Coming (4D+ 20 players; 1D-3D: 11; 1K-9K: 34; 10K-30K: 19)
BadukClub (TD & Admin, Easily Find Your Game）
8th Virginia Open, 9/28/2019（Vienna VA） Winner: Eric Lui 1P
2019 VA State Championship Final: 11/16Joshua Lee 6D def. Qingbo Zhang （Annandale VA）
Credits: CAFA Inc, Liang Yu, Justin Teng, Gary Smith, James Lee, Gurujeet Khalsa, Weiping Chen, Xinyu Zhang, Anna Liu, Qingbo Zhang, Grace Shan, Yuchen Zhu, Mark Keam, Ge Li, Dinny Li, Xinran Zuo, Huiming Zeng, Jing Zhang, Sihao Li, Jingfei Chen, Yufei Jiang, Shuo Wang, Jingyi Zhang, Kevin Wu, Xi Chen, Zhenying Gu, Kejun Kang.
Go game, originated in China over 3000 years ago.
Go is a 3000-year-old game with rich history, and well-known for its culture value as one of the "four art" in ancient Asia, among zithern, calligraphy and painting, and yet Go found its technology value in modern IT era as computer artificial intelligence (A.I.) deems it one of the most difficult game to master.
The AGA chapters, Capital Go, NOVA Go and Korean American Baduk Association, with the support from the National Go Center, have served the community in various means: Go classes, tournaments, clubs, sharing events, video broadcasting, social media and etc.
Students Discover Go at an elementary school in Rockville MD in 2011
Tens of Go event organizers and volunteers, have taught classes in schools, hosted tournaments for players, promoted Asian culture and enhanced culture exchanges among all nationalities via playing Go.
Greater Washington Metro Tournaments History & Open Division Winners
Cherry Blossom Tournament
2009.3.28 1st Eric Lui, 2nd Daniel Chou
Maryland Open Tournament
2009.5.23 1st Daniel Chou, 2nd Edward Zhang
Back to School Tournament
Pumpkin Classic Tournament
2008.10.25 1st Phillip London, 2nd Leishan Chen
2009.10.24 1st Jing Guo, 2nd Edward Zhang
2019.10.26 1st Qingbo Zhang, 2nd Jialong Qing
2007.10.7 UMBC 1st I-Han Lui, 2nd Bo Qian
2009.4.11 John Groesch 1st Eric Lui, 2nd Jamie Salts
2009.4.18 UMBC NAIM Qualifier 1st Eric Lui, 2nd Jie Li
2009.11.22 UMBC Fall 2009 Tournament 1st Jianbo Liu, 2nd Andrew Sim
2010.4.24 UMBC NAMTQ & Spring Handicap 1st Jie Li, 2nd Eric Lui
2010.10.23 UMBC Fall 1st Justin Teng, 2nd Gikuyu Nderitu
2008.4.5 1st John Moore, 2nd Dima Arinkin
2008.11.15 1st Jonathan Faulkner, 2nd Tim Pollio
Lunar New Year Tournament
2009.1.24 1st Eric Lui, 2nd Zhou Yuan
2010.2.27 1st Yi Jin Chen, 2nd Jing Guo
2020.2.29 1st Eric Lui, 2nd Justin Teng
Congress Tune-up Tournament
2007.7.14 1st Daniel Chou, 2nd David Wong
2009.7.18 1st Wei Chen, 2nd Sihao Li
Slate & Shell Tournament
2007.12.15 Holiday Helper 1st Trevor Morris, 2nd James Wu
2008.12.13 Holiday Helper 1st Andrew Jackson, 2nd Richard Kim
2009.12.12 1st Edward Zhang, 2nd Charles G. Robbins
May Madness Tournament
2009.5.16 May Madness 1st Kevin Chin, 2nd Kabe Chin
2007.4.7 1st Scott Waldron, 2nd Todd Blatt
2007.11.20 1st Haofan Wang, 2nd Patrick Allen
2008.6.21 1st Matthew Bengtson, 2nd Maverick Lin
2008.11.8 1st Patrick Allen, 2nd Scott Waldron
2009.8.2 US Open 1st Myung-Wan Kim, 2nd Zhaonian Chen
2009.9.12 Baltimore Go Club Fall Fischer 1st Eric Lui, 2nd Patrick Allen
2018.7.22 US Go Congress Open 1st Tianyi Chen, 2nd Brandon Zhou