On 16 April 2022, during the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown, more than 40 competitors attended the San Francisco Go Club (SFGC) Cherry Blossom Tournament held at the club’s recently opened dojo. Player skill levels ranged from 30 kyu up to 6 dan and games were played across 3 rounds. Over $400 was handed out in cash prizes across three divisions. Jason He 3D came in first place of Division 1, taking home a $150 cash prize and a spot against Hajin Lee 4P at the club’s upcoming simul game event on 23 April 2022. Chao Xie 6D came in second place and James Lou 4D came in third place.
In Division 2, Lucas Orr 5k came in first place, Jun Wu 1D was second place, and Sharif Naas 6k was third place.
And, in Division 3, Youchen Zhao 8k was first place, Shuoyuan He 18k was second place, and Christine Guo 20k was third place.