The American Go Foundation is sponsoring two Latin American Youth teams to visit the 2020 US Go Congress. The first chosen team is the winner of the 2019 Orion Tournament, an online team match organised by the ‘Asociación de Go Latino Juvenil‘ and supported by the Ibero American Go Federation, FIG. The second team comes from a recently approved sponsorship which is intended to broaden the spectrum of Latin American youth players to visit the US Go Congress.
For the first team, the winner of the 2019 Orion tournament turned out to be Mexico’s ‘Escuela de Arte Pipiolo’, whose three players and a team leader have all costs covered at the congress.
For the second team, Chile was appointed by the Ibero American Go Federation to build up the team. According to FIG, if this kind of support keeps continuing, each year a different country will be chosen to participate. For this team, too, all costs within the congress for three players and their team leader.
The US Go Congress will take place in the YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado, from August 1st to 9th, and there the children will have the chance to play in the US Open, attend lectures by professionals and participate in the numerous side tournaments the congress has to offer, such as pair go and lightning go.
There’s no doubt that this is a great opportunity for cultural exchange and to make new friends through playing go.
Report by Emil García