HistoryThe Houston Go Club in its current form was inaugurated in April 1992, although Go playing activities had been going on in the Houston area for many years. We obtained our Chapter membership of the AGA in April 1992 and have maintained it continuously since then. Membership has been as high as 65 when it was one of the larger Chapters in the AGA.
MeetingsOn the west side of Houston, players met at Corporate Drive just off Bellaire at the old Chinese Culture Center. Then we met at the Bridge & Games Studio, at Corporate Pines on Harwin from June, 1996 to January, 1997. We then met at the Bridge & Games Studio, Commerce Center, 9000 SW Freeway until January 2004. For most of 2004 we met at the Chinese Civic Center on Harwin. In February of 2005 we moved to the Hua Xia Chinese School at 5925 Sovereign. We moved to St. Catherine's Montessori School in November of 2006 until the summer of 2011.
Meanwhile in the Clear Lake area, we also held game meetings at the University of Houston Clear Lake Campus, then Coffee Oasis on El Caminio Real. When Barnes & Noble opened a bookstore in Webster at I45 and Bay Area Blvd., we offered Beginner Night meetings for many years until November 2006. We then reverted to club meetings and relocated to the TeaLeaf Cafe. Late in 2008, we moved back to Coffee Oasis now located on Nasa Rd 1 in Seabrook.
In May 2008, we opened our third location at the Pie Town Dessert Shop in the Portofino Shopping Center on I45 North. Conveniently located in the Spring/Conroe/Woodlands area, players from the north side of Houston now have somewhere to play. This location moved to Panera Bread in the Woodlands Mall beginning in 2009.
TournamentsWe held two tournaments a year for many years and attended the Japan Festival in Houston every year since it began in 1992 until 2010.
Beginning in the summer of 2008 until 2009 we moved to a quarterly tournament format, using our on-line tournament management and club management software and the fabulous facilities of the St. Catherine's Montessori School.
Special EventsIn December 1994 we were host to the 1994 North American Fujitsu Qualifying Go Tournament and met many of the top North American go players, such as Janice Kim and James Kerwin shown above at the reception in the Houstonian Hotel. We again hosted the North American Fujitsu Qualifying Go Tournament in January 1999 at the Ramada Inn on the Gulf Freeway. These days Fujitsu qualifying rounds are held over the internet.
In January 1996, Dan Barry and Koichi Wakata (inflight above) were the first humans to play go in space aboard the shuttle Endeavour (STS-72). They replayed games on two boards: one the winner of our Go in Space competition, the other a backup provided by the HGC.
We hosted the Texas Open in '96, '97, '98, 2000, 2001 and 2002 with attendances of 51, 54, 54, 52, 48 and 54 respectively. In 2005 we worked with Austin Go Club, Rice University Go Club and Ziggy's Go Club to host the Texas Open at Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center, Navasota, TX for 31 players. Before the tournament, Yilun Yang (7p) held a four day workshop at the conference center for some of the attendees.
In 2003 we hosted the 19th US Go Congress at the University of Houston main campus. With over 300 in attendance, the congress succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
Last updated Sept. 30, 2014