Thomas Hsiang

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Thomas Hsiang is a 7d in the AGA and has played Go for ~55 years.

The 74-year-old retired college professor taught electrical & computer engineering at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

As of December 2010, Thomas Hsiang, along with John Lee, are the only two players to complete a "grand slam" of USA championships by winning the US Open, the North American section of the Ing Cup and the North American section of the Fujitsu Cup. He's won the North American Ing Invitational twice, the US Open three times, and the North American Fujitsu once. Thomas represented the USA in the 1998 WAGC, placing 8th; the 2005 WAGC, placing 7th; and again at the 2010 WAGC, placing 12th. Played in the 2006 North American Masters Tournament and placed second. He represented USA in the 2008 KPMC and placed 6th.

Since ~2000, Thomas has been an advocate of Go as a "mind sport" along with other board and card games such as chess and bridge. He was among the principal organizers of the 2008 and 2012 World Mind Sports Games and was the principal Go organizer of the SportAccord World Mind Games (SAWMG) from 2011 to 2014. He is a Vice President of the International Go Federation, a Director of the World Pair Go Association, and the Secretary General of the International Mind Sports Association.

In 1991, Thomas Hsiang worked with the late Mr. Ing Changki to bring the first North American Ing Cup to the US Go Congress. This support later evolved into the annual Ing grant to the AGA. More recently, he worked with the Nihon Kiin to establish in 2015 the Iwamoto North American Foundation (INAF) that is devoted to promoting Go in North America.

In November 2014, Thomas received an honorary seventh-dan certificate from the Chairman of Nihon Kiin, Norio Wada. In 2020, he received the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation - the first Western Go player/organizer to be given this honor. Further, in July 2023, he was honored with the Edward Lasker Award by the American Go Association.

Thomas often plays Go online. His account on IGS, "nomad", won the first-ever world-wide online Go championship in 1994. He is a teacher of the Empty Sky Go Club in Rochester, New York.

Thomas Hsiang last edited by on July 13, 2023 - 00:33
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