|World Amateur Go Championship|
|Venue||Montien Riverside Hotel (2015)|
|Start date||March, 1979|
|Competitors||57 players (2015) from 57 nations|
|Total prize money||None|
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 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.
The International Go Federation (IGF) is an international organization that connects the various national Go federations around the world.
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, 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 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, 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.
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.
The names are ordered as Given name and Surname.
|1979|| Wei-Ping Nie (|| Zu-De Chen (|| Jia-Rui Chen (|
|1980|| Fumiaki Imamura (|| Zu-De Chen (|| Hajime Yasunaga (|
|1981|| Zhen-Zhong Shao (|| Xiao-Chun Ma (|| Bunsho Murakami (|
|1982|| Da-Yuan Cao (|| Jin-Ha Yang (|| Hironori Hirata (|
|1983|| Xiao-Chun Ma (|| Hiroshi Miura (|| Fumiaki Imamura (|
|1984|| Qun Wang (|| Chang-Hyuk Yoo (|| Hironori Hirata (|
|1985|| Jian-Hong Wang (|| Jia-Rui Chen (|| Yasuro Kikuchi (|
|1986|| Jia-Rui Chen (|| Yasuro Kikuchi (|| Xue-Lin Song (|
|1987|| Fumiaki Imamura (|| Bin Yu (|| Gwan-Cheol Lee (|
|1988|| Wen-Dong Zhang (|| Fumiaki Imamura (|| Ronald Schlemper (|
| Chul-Joong Kim (|
|1989|| Ze-Wu Che (|| Wen-He Cai (|| Hironori Hirata (|
|1990|| Hao Chang (|| Quan-Wuk An (|| Hiroshi Miura (|
|1991|| Fumiaki Imamura (|| Xia-Nyu Xia (|| Ronald Schlemper (|
|1992|| Yasuro Kikuchi (|| Young-Man Lee (|| Qi-Yu Han (|
|1993|| Yi-Guo Sun (|| Soon-Joo Seo (|| Hironori Hirata (|
|1994|| Satoshi Hiraoka (|| Chun-Hsun Chou (|| Chun Wang (|
|1995|| Hironori Hirata (|| Hong-Yi Shi (|| Ying Kan (|
|1996|| Jun Liu (|| Hironori Hirata (|| Yong-Man Yi (|
|1997|| Jun Liu (|| Hideyuki Sakai (|| Yeong-Sam Mun (|
|1998|| Ch'an-U Kim (|| Satoshi Hiraoka (|| Wen-Dong Zhao (|
|1999|| Chae-Seong Yu (|| Hideyuki Sakai (|| Pong-Il Ri (|
|2000|| Hideyuki Sakai (|| Ho-Kil Pak (|| Maleun-Saem Hong (|
|2001|| Dai-Chun Li (|| Moriei Kanazawa (|| Dong Ming Liu (|
|2002|| Li Fu (|| Maleun-Saem Hong (|| Yasuro Kikuchi (|
|2003||Not held due to SARS outbreak.|
|2004|| Kang-Wook Lee (|| You-Zheng Lai (|| Li Fu (|
|2005|| Yu-Qing Hu (|| Tae-Weon Cho (|| Cheng-Rui Yu (|
|2006|| Satoshi Hiraoka (|| Wei-Xing Tang (|| Tae-Weon Cho (|
|2007|| Zi-Teng Shan (|| Tong-Ha U (|| Hironobu Mori (|
|2008|| Sung-Bong Ha (|| Yu-Zheng Guo (|| Fernando Aguilar (|
|2009|| Yu-Ging Hu (|| Shin-Hwan Yu (|| Nai-San Chan (|
|2010|| Hong-Suk Song (|| Chen Wang (|| Tae-Weon Cho (|
|2011|| Bao-Xiang Bai (|| Woo-Soo Choi (|| Eric Lui (|
|2012|| Zhi-Jian Qiao (|| Hyun-Joon Lee (|| Cheng-Hsun Chen (|
|2013|| Hyun-Jae Choi (|| Yu-Qing Hu (|| Artem Kachanovskyi (|
|2014|| Yi-Tien Chan (|| Tae-woong Wei (|| Ruoran Wang (|
|2015|| Changhun Kim (|| Aohua Hu (|| Jyun-Fu Lai (|
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