The AGA Mentor Program

FAQ (frequently asked questions)

Evan Behre


1. What is the AGA mentor program?
2. When was it started? (and why)
3. Who are the participants? (updated monthly)
4. How can I join the AGA mentor program?
5. How can I join the AGA? (added 8/26/96)
The AGF Grant to the AGA moentor program

1. What is the AGA mentor program?

The AGA mentor program is a way to coordinate and facilitate the teaching of go on the internet. You can think of it as a "match maker" service where teachers and students are paired for lesson games. Strong players teach middle level players, who in turn teach beginners. No matter what level you are, there is a place for you. Participants in the program refer to a list of other participants and choose an appropriate teacher or student. Once assigned, the two agree to a time and place to meet and play out their lesson. Typically, lessons are played live on one of the go servers. During the course of the game, the student may ask questions, while the teacher tries to answer the questions as well as offering unsolicited commentary and advice. Less common are email exchanges of game records wherein the student sends a record of one of his/her games. In this case, the teacher reviews the game, adds commentary, and returns to the student for study. There is another resource for game reviews via email; it is called the "Go Teaching Ladder" (GTL). This program uses email game records exclusively. The AGA mentor program was designed to compliment, rather than to compete with the GTL as we emphasize live teaching games on the net rather than email game analysis. To find out more about the GTL contact:, or visit the GTL web site .

2. When was it started?

The AGA mentor program was initiated in February 1996. I started this program after a middle kyu player had approached me on the go server and asked for a lesson game. After the lesson, I thought that a program which coordinates and facilitates similar encounters would be a service to the go playing community. The response from participants has been very positive and enthusiastic.

3. Who are the participants?

[updated monthly. inquire for details]

4. How can I join the AGA mentor program?

Joining the AGA mentor program is easy. Simply send email to me, indicating your interest. Just as in other AGA events (e.g. tournaments) if you live in the U.S.A. we expect you to be at least a limited member to participate. Go players living outside of the U.S.A. may also participate based on their membership in their respective national go association. The AGA recognizes these memberships for such purposes.

5. How can I join the AGA?

To join the American Go Association , visit their interactive application .

To join by mail as a regular full member, send a check for $25 to:

American Go Association
P.O. Box 397
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0397

Please include your name, address, email address, club affiliation (if any), and playing strength (if known). Sustainer ($50) and Sponsor ($100) memberships are also available and most welcome.

Limited memberships ($10/year) are available through your local AGA chapter (local go club affiliated with the AGA).

The AGF Grant to the AGA mentor program

October, 1996

The AGA mentor program has been awarded a grant from the American Go Foundation (AGF) which will allow the mentor program to hire professional go teachers for the benefit of mentor program participants.

Specifically, mentor program participants who are rated at AGA 1 dan or above, and who have taught at least 6 lesson games in the mentor program are eligible to apply for a lesson game with a pro. The purpose of these pro lesson awards is to drive increased activity, participation, and recruitment near the top of the mentor program.

The AGA mentor program is looking for additional dan level go players to serve as teachers to kyu players in the program. If you are a dan level player, you are invited to join the mentor program, teach kyu players in the program, and apply for a lesson/game with a pro.

Initially, the pro teacher is Yilun Yang and lesson games are 2 hours long. The AGF has agreed to sponsor 6 of these lessons initially and is interested in continuing this sponsorship if it proves to stimulate interest and activity in the aga mentor program amoung amateur dan players.

For more information about the AGA mentor program, contact

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