Michael Redmond (マイケル・レドモンド, born May 25, 1963) is an American-born professional Go player. He is one of only a few such players, as Go in the West is not nearly as widespread or developed as in China, South Korea, or Japan, and is the only westerner to reach the grade of 9-dan - the highest grade.
Michael Redmond was born in 1963
in Santa Barbara, California
, and began playing Go at age 11. At the age of 14, he became an insei
at the Nihon Ki-in
. He was promoted to professional 1 dan at age 18, and 2 dan in the same year. He was promoted to 5 dan in 1985; 8 dan in 1996; and 9 dan in 2000, becoming the first western Go professional to reach 9 dan. He has not won any titles but has come close. He was runner-up in the Shinjin-O
7 dan section, and NEC Shun-Ei
competitions in the early 1990s. He was also a semi-finalist in the Fujitsu Cup
and Tong Yang Cup
. Currently he is a celebrated commentator for the NHK
channel. In 2005, he was voted "Best Commentator" for the NHK channel, over Ishida Yoshio
. He is the author of "The ABC's of Attack and Defense," a Slate and Shell book published in 2002. In August 2006, he taught at the AGA East Coast Go Camp in Pennsylvania, and attended the 22nd annual US Go Congress
in Black Mountain
, North Carolina
Redmond is married to Xian-Xian Niu, a Chinese 5 dan professional. They have two daughters, Yumi and Emi. Redmond and his family are sponsors of many Go activities for children in America, such as the Redmond Cup and the Redmond Handicap Tournament.