Recently the Ibero American Go Federation (FIG) chose Mexico as the host country of this year’s Ibero American Go Championship (CIG) -the biggest Go event of the Latin American region-. The idea is to upgrade this event into the 1st Latin American Go Congress.
“Latin America is lagging behind in its Go development compared to other regions of the western world such as North America or Europe” reports Mexican Go Association’s president Emil García.
“We need to start moving forward in order to catch up with the rest of the western world, that’s why last year we launched the 1st Pandanet Go Latin American Team Championship (PGLATC) which is a 10 team league whose teams are conformed with the top players of each participating country”. Find more about this league here.
The agreement with Pandanet is that the top 2 teams at the end of the league will get the chance to play an over the board final in the host country of this year CIG -which now we know is Mexico- with travel expenses sponsored by Pandanet.
“That’s how we came up with the idea of the Latin American Go Congress, run both the CIG and the PGLATC final plus some activities with pro players for the participants, in the fashion of the US Go Congress or the European Go Congress”, tells Emil García.
The event is planned to take place in Cancun, Mexico on October 13th-15th, 2017. Soon more information will be available in the Mexican Go Association’s new website.