The Details

Program Description

The Baduk Residency Program was created to allow individuals to immerse themselves in Go through work, study, and play.

Residents will live on the second floor, either in their own or a shared bedroom. Much time each day will be dedicated to researching, studying, and playing the game. Free time for other aspects of life will of course still exist as well.

Note: applicants should be extremely serious about Go in order to support and fit in with the improvement/training-oriented environment. (The director will no force you to study, so you must be able to self-motivate)


Quiet study area, large playing area, magnetic teaching board, library of Go books, fast internet access, 2 floor boards, 16 sets of table boards with slate and shell pieces, 100+ sets of folding boards and stones, a printer, and more.


All participants must be vaccinated and boosted, masks will not be worn in the home, but residents agree to follow local covid guidelines while outside the home.

Players must come with a self-motivated desire to improve at Go.

There is no minimum rank requirement, players weaker than 5 kyu will be guaranteed rigorous personal instruction. Resources/teachers for stronger players may be available as well, but self-study will be expected for all strengths.

Number of Participants

The program capacity is currently six residents.

Deadline - Dec 20th, 2022

The first session lasted from March 1st to April 30th. The second session ran from June 1st to July 27th.

If you have already applied, you do not need to reapply (but doing so may help update your info).

Selection Results (Announcement Dates)

Applications are first come first serve if they are a perfect fit. Otherwise, official selection will be announced in monthly intervals after February 1st, 2022.

Next announcement is planned for January 1st, 2023.


However, 15-20 hours/week of volunteer work related to the Go community is required.

Volunteer work will be event focused may include but is not limited to:


Team meetings occur every weekday at 8:30am. Group study and club meetings are at 7:30pm, and other club meetings/community outreach is scheduled throughout the week. Volunteer hours, personal study, and personal time will otherwise be scheduled on an individual basis each day.


8:30 - Team Meeting

~9:00 - Breakfast

~12:00 - Lunch

~6:30 - Dinner

7:30 - Group Go Study

This tentative schedule was based on the 1st Sessions daily schedule, and may change moving forward.

Funding / Cost

No Cost! Free room and board. Furnishings included.

However, 15-20 hours/week of volunteer work related to the Go community is required.

Volunteer work will be event focused may include but is not limited to:

  • Organizing/hosting in-person and/or online meetups

  • Planning in-person and/or online ladders and tournaments

  • Helping with websites/organizations related to Go (ei. BadukClub, Baduk News, GoMagic, AGA, EGF, CGA, etc)

  • Helping to maintain, fix, or improve the Baduk House.

Generally work will be divided by the Program Director. Participants will have a say in what they are or are not expected to do.

Program Director

Devin Fraze (1 Dan) is on the Board of the American Go Association and is the lead developer for BadukClub, a website dedicated to mapping the weiqi world and connecting its players.

He hosts three meetups in his area with two of them at his house. He also organizes local and regional tournaments and volunteers to help run Go tournaments online all around the world.