Go Congress - US Masters - American Go Association

US Masters


Location:      Strong Players

Eligibility:     Open to professionals and 7 dan amateurs

Director(s): Kevin Chao


The US Masters is a tournament for the best of the best, with the biggest prizes and most intense schedule. 


Format: The tournament has seven rounds. Six of the rounds will be held simultaneously with the US Open, along with one additional round on Fri at 7pm.


Time Limits: The limit is 90 minutes per player. The overtime boyo-yomi allotment will be 5 periods of 30 seconds each.


Rules: AGA rules will be used. Komi for white is 7.5 points. Click here for additional details.


Prizes:  The top prize is $4,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place, and $400 for fourth through sixth place.

Top finishing players in the US Masters who are citizens or residents (min. one year) of US, Canada, or Mexico in this tourney get additional money that is just for North American players.  The additional prize is $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place, and $500 for fourth place.


Game Recording: The Congress welcomes volunteers to act as game recorders during the tournament. Visit the e-journal office or email journal@usgo.org to volunteer.

 Players must finish their games before the lunch break.  Sealed moves are no longer allowed during tournament play.  (This is a change from the past.)

Electronic Devices:  All electronic devices must be checked-in with the TD at the start of a round.  They will be returned after the round is over.  Use of AI aids is strictly forbidden and will be considered grounds for removal from the tournament.