Redmond was born in Santa Barbara, California, United States and began playing Go at age 11. At age 14 he became an insei for the Nihon Ki-in. A student of Oeda Yusuke 9-dan, he became a professional 1-dan at age 18 and was promoted to 2-dan during the same year. Michael achieved 500 professional wins in August 2007 (500 wins, 331 losses and 2 jigo).
He was promoted to:
- 5-dan in 1985
- 8-dan in 1996
- 9-dan in 2000 (the first and only Western Go Professional to ever reach 9-dan)
Redmond made the semifinals of the Gosei in 2006, and reached the quarterfinals in 36th (2010) Tengen. He managed to the second round of the 17th Agon (2010, on going) where he beat Cho U in the first round (source: UnlimitedGo). He will be one of 16 participants in the final tournament of the 50th Judan
Redmond is married to Xian-Xian Niu, a Chinese 3-dan professional. They have two daughters, Yumi and Emi. Redmond worked with the AGA and the The Ing Foundation to create the Redmond Cup as well as the Ing Redmond Tournament?, a tournament for American players stronger than 5D and under 30.