World Amateur Go Championship

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World Amateur Go Championship
VenueMontien Riverside Hotel (2015)
Location Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok (2015)
Start dateMarch, 1979
Competitors57 players (2015) from 57 nations
Total prize moneyNone
Champions
Men Flag of South Korea.svg Changhun Kim (2015)

The World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) is an international tournament for amateur Go players, held once a year since 1979. The organising body is the International Go Federation (IGF).

Go (game) Abstract strategy board game for two players

Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. A 2016 survey by the International Go Federation's 75 member nations found that there are over 46 million people worldwide who know how to play Go and over 20 million current players, the majority of whom live in East Asia.

International Go Federation international organization that connects the various national Go federations

The International Go Federation (IGF) is an international organization that connects the various national Go federations around the world.

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Each participating country sends one player, although in the beginning of the contest there were multiple players from the stronger Go Countries (e.g. China, Japan, South Korea); in 2007 there were 68 participants.

China Country in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

Japan Country in East Asia

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

South Korea Republic in East Asia

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia under Gwanggaeto the Great. Its capital, Seoul, is a major global city and half of South Korea's 51 million people live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world.

Some of the participants have gone on to become top Go professionals.

Go professional professional player of the game of Go

A Go professional is a professional player of the game of Go. The minimum standard to acquire a professional diploma through one of the major Go organisations is very high. The competition is tremendous, and prize incentives for champion players are very large. For example, the Honinbo Tournament has a grand prize of about $350,000.

Past champions

The names are ordered as Given name and Surname.

YearWinner2nd3rd
1979 [1] Wei-Ping Nie (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Zu-De Chen (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Jia-Rui Chen (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
1980 [2] Fumiaki Imamura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Zu-De Chen (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Hajime Yasunaga (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1981 [3] Zhen-Zhong Shao (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Xiao-Chun Ma (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Bunsho Murakami (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1982 [4] Da-Yuan Cao (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Jin-Ha Yang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Hironori Hirata (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1983 [5] Xiao-Chun Ma (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Hiroshi Miura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Fumiaki Imamura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1984 [6] Qun Wang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Chang-Hyuk Yoo (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea) Hironori Hirata (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1985 [7] Jian-Hong Wang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Jia-Rui Chen (Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg  Hong Kong) Yasuro Kikuchi (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1986 [8] Jia-Rui Chen (Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg  Hong Kong) Yasuro Kikuchi (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Xue-Lin Song (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
1987 [9] Fumiaki Imamura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Bin Yu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Gwan-Cheol Lee (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea)
1988 [10] Wen-Dong Zhang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Fumiaki Imamura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Ronald Schlemper (Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands)
Chul-Joong Kim (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea)
1989 [11] Ze-Wu Che (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Wen-He Cai (Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan) Hironori Hirata (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1990 [12] Hao Chang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Quan-Wuk An (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea) Hiroshi Miura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1991 [13] Fumiaki Imamura (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Xia-Nyu Xia (Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan) Ronald Schlemper (Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands)
1992 [14] Yasuro Kikuchi (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Young-Man Lee (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea) Qi-Yu Han (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
1993 [15] Yi-Guo Sun (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Soon-Joo Seo (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea) Hironori Hirata (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan)
1994 [16] Satoshi Hiraoka (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Chun-Hsun Chou (Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan) Chun Wang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
1995 [17] Hironori Hirata (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Hong-Yi Shi (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Ying Kan (Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg  Hong Kong)
1996 [18] Jun Liu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Hironori Hirata (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Yong-Man Yi (Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg  South Korea)
1997 [19] Jun Liu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Hideyuki Sakai (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Yeong-Sam Mun (Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea)
1998 [20] Ch'an-U Kim (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Satoshi Hiraoka (Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan) Wen-Dong Zhao (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
1999 [21] Chae-Seong Yu (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Hideyuki Sakai (Flag of Japan.svg  Japan) Pong-Il Ri (Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea)
2000 [22] Hideyuki Sakai (Flag of Japan.svg  Japan) Ho-Kil Pak (Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea) Maleun-Saem Hong (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea)
2001 [23] Dai-Chun Li (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Moriei Kanazawa (Flag of Japan.svg  Japan) Dong Ming Liu (Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia)
2002 [24] Li Fu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Maleun-Saem Hong (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Yasuro Kikuchi (Flag of Japan.svg  Japan)
2003Not held due to SARS outbreak.
2004 [25] Kang-Wook Lee (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) You-Zheng Lai (Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan) Li Fu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
2005 [26] Yu-Qing Hu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Tae-Weon Cho (Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea) Cheng-Rui Yu (Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan)
2006 [27] Satoshi Hiraoka (Flag of Japan.svg  Japan) Wei-Xing Tang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Tae-Weon Cho (Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea)
2007 [28] Zi-Teng Shan (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Tong-Ha U (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Hironobu Mori (Flag of Japan.svg  Japan)
2008 [29] Sung-Bong Ha (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Yu-Zheng Guo (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Fernando Aguilar (Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina)
2009 [30] Yu-Ging Hu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Shin-Hwan Yu (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Nai-San Chan (Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong)
2010 [31] Hong-Suk Song (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Chen Wang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Tae-Weon Cho (Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea)
2011 [32] Bao-Xiang Bai (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Woo-Soo Choi (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Eric Lui (Flag of the United States.svg  United States)
2012 [33] Zhi-Jian Qiao (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Hyun-Joon Lee (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Cheng-Hsun Chen (Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan)
2013 [34] Hyun-Jae Choi (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Yu-Qing Hu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Artem Kachanovskyi (Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine)
2014 [35] Yi-Tien Chan (Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei) Tae-woong Wei (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Ruoran Wang (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China)
2015 [36] Changhun Kim (Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea) Aohua Hu (Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China) Jyun-Fu Lai (Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei)

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