This year the European Youth Go Championship (EYGC) took place online from the 15th until the 17th of October. The tournament brought together more than 130 participants from 18 countries.
With anti-cheating measures applied, the online EYGC had the same format as the annual face-to-face event: six rounds of MacMahon competition played out over three days, starting from the 15th of October.
Traditionally, the EYGC consists of three separate tournaments in different age categories: U12, U16, and U20. Below are this year’s winners in each category:
U12: Vjacheslav Shpakovskij 1d (Russia)
U16: Alexandr Muromcev 5d (Russia)
U20: Oscar Vazquez 6d (Spain)
In the U12 category, Russia showed exceptionally good results by occupying the top seven places.
European professional go players commented on several games from each round on the EGF Twitch channel.
This year the European Pair Go Championship (EPGC) took place on 25–26 September in Niš, Serbia. A total of 15 pairs from six countries took part in the competition.
After six rounds, two Russian pairs were on the top of the tournament table with only one defeat: Ajgul Fazulzjanova 3d with Alexander Dinerchtein 3p and Natalia Kovaleva 5d with Dmitrij Surin 6d. The pairs’ first tie-breaker, the sum of opponents’ scores (SOS), was equal, so the fate of the first place was decided by direct confrontation. The Kovaleva-Surin pair beat their fellow countrymates in the third round, so they claimed the champions’ title.
It was the seventh time for Natalia and Dmitrij to win this tournament together.
This year the European Women’s Go Championship (EWGC) took place online on 4–5 September. The tournament brought together 30 participants from eleven European countries.
After six rounds of intense struggle, two players remained with only one defeat: Dina Burdakova 5d and Virzhinia Shalneva 3d, both of them representatives of Russia. Dina was ahead on the first tie-breaker – the sum of opponents’ scores (SOS), so she claimed the champion’s title. Last year’s winner, Natalia Kovaleva 5d, finished third, losing only to her fellow countrywomen – the winner and the runner-up.
For Dina Burdakova it was the second victory in the EWGC. Her first triumph was in 2014 in Kazan, Russia.
The Pandanet Go European Team Championship (PGETC) has been held annually since 2010. Each EGF member country lines up one team. The teams are split into leagues each consisting of around ten players. A round-robin tournament is played out in each league online, starting in October with a frequency of about one match per month. The most successful team in each league traverses one league up, while the team that finishes last goes one league down.
Four teams finishing first in the A-League are qualified for the final, traditionally held as a face-to-face event at the European Go Congress in summer. This year the Congress set to take place in Ukraine was cancelled, and the final was organised online, same as last year.
After an intense battle of three rounds, the team of France remained undefeated and became the European champion for the third year straight. The runner-up was the team of Russia, while Ukraine and Poland came in third and fourth, respectively.
The first Transatlantic Professional Go League (TPGL) started on the 15th of May 2021, this time with two American pros and two amateurs joining the six European professionals.
All the players were split into two groups of one American pro, one amateur, and three European pros. A round-robin was played out in order to decide two players in each group to qualify for the playoffs.
Ilya Shikshin 4p and Artem Kachanovskyi 3p passed the selection in the first group, while Ryan Li 3p and Tanguy Le Calve 1p were first and second, respectively, in the second group.
According to the results of the playoffs, here are the final standings for the first four places:
Winner: Ryan Li 3p
Runner-up: Ilya Shikshin 4p
3rd place: Artem Kachanovskyi 3p
4th place: Tanguy Le Calve 1p
The final was played on the 15th of August between Ilya Shikshin 4p and Ryan Li 3p. Ryan won with a score of 2-0.
It’s noteworthy that Ryan already joined the European Professional Go League earlier, in the second season, and was victorious that time as well: he beat Ilya in the final with a score of 3-1.
For more information such as the tournament tables and the records of the games, visit the 1st TPGL web page.
Below you can find the record of the second game of the final between Ryan Li 3p and Ilya Shikshin 4p.
In its current season, the European Professional Go League evolved into the Transatlantic Professional Go League (TPGL) with two American players participating: Ryan Li 3p and Calvin Sun 1p. Besides, two amateurs got a chance to test their skills against the professionals: Oscar Vazquez 6d and Remi Campagnie 6d.
Due to a larger number of participants, the tournament system was changed: the players were divided into two groups, with one American professional, one amateur, and three European professionals in each.
A round-robin was played out in each group, followed by play-offs for the two top finishers in each group.
According to the results of the group stage, here is the pairing for the semi-finals:
After the Coronavirus pandemic started, all European go tournaments went online.
This summer, face-to-face go events are finally starting to come back. Probably that is the result of quarantine restrictions being lifted in many countries thanks to large-scale vaccinations.
A number of traditional summer go camps took place in various countries: France, Poland, Croatia, and Hungary. Besides, an international go tournament took place in Pardubice, Czechia on July 17–18: Moyo Open 2021, Bonus Point Level C tournament. A total of 49 participants from eight countries participated in it, with Lukas Podpera 7d emerging victorious.
Tournament hall of the Moyo Open 2021, Pardubice (Czechia)
Another international competition is scheduled to take place from July 30 until August 1 in Hague, The Netherlands: Dutch Open, Bonus Point Level B tournament. At the moment 44 participants from 12 countries have pre-registered.
The European Professional Go League has evolved into the Transatlantic Professional Go League (TPGL) in the current season, with two American professionals joining: Calvin Sun 1p and Ryan Li 3p. Two European amateur players have got their chance to compete with the professionals: after passing the preliminary tournament, Oscar Vazquez 6d and Remi Campagnie 6d joined the League.
Due to a larger number of participants, the system of the League has been changed: all the players were split into two groups, each group consisting of one American professional, three European professionals, and one European amateur. Players of each group battle in a round robin, and two highest finishers from each group qualify for the play-off to determine the winner of the League.
In each of the groups, three matches are still to be played. It is not clear yet which of the participants will enter the play-off; here are the players who still have a chance do it:
Group I: Ilya Shikshin 4p, Artem Kachanovskyi 2p, Calvin Sun 1p.
Group II: Ryan Li 3p, Ali Jabarin 2p, Tanguy le Calve 1p.
You can find the tournament table, game records, and all the other details on the TPGL web page.
Below you can find the record of one the two games between Ilya Shikshin 4p and Calvin Sun 1p.
The 41st World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) took place in Russia, Vladivostok from June 3 till June 9. It was the first time for this event to take place in a non-Asian country.
Each IGF member country has a right to line up one representative for the WAGC. This year the total number of participants was 57.
Due to the COVID-19 traveling restrictions, participants who could not reach Vladivostok were allowed to play online with anti-cheating measures applied.
After six rounds of intense struggle, Ma Tianfang 7d from China won the title of world champion. He was followed by Chan I-Tien 7d from Chinese Taipei and Kim Dabeen 7d from South Korea.
The best result among European players was demonstrated by Lukas Podpera 7d from Czechia who took 4th place. He lost only to the champion, Ma Tianfang.
Stanislaw Frejlak 7d finished 5th in the final standings. He demonstrated impressive performance by defeating Morikawa Shunji 5d from Japan on round three and the champion Ma Tianfang on round four. Stanislaw was close to beating the record of European players at the WAGC – 3rd place (Ronald Schlemper in 1991 and Artem Kachanovskyi in 2013). Unfortunately, Stanislaw lost the 5th game to Chan I-Tien 7d from Chinese Taipei and the 6th game to Lukas Podpera 7d from Czechia.
The victory of Stanislaw against Ma Tianfang was the second time when a European player defeated a representative of China at the WAGC. Ronald Schlemper did it for the first time in 1991.
For more information such as tournament table and photography see the 41st WAGC website.
Below you can view the record of the game between Stanislaw and Ma Tianfang.
On May, Sunday 27th, the 1st Round of the 1st Mexican Internet Go League kicked off with the participation of 58 players from eight countries. Although most of the players are Mexicans, half of the players in the top group are foreigners. You can see the full participant list behind this link.
The new feature in this tournament compared to previous Mexican internet tournaments is that players are divided in groups by strength, and within each group a round-robin tournament is played. Players were divided in seven groups, out of which four groups had eight players and three had nine players.
The number of rounds to play depends on the number of players in each group. Eight-player groups play seven rounds and nine-players groups play eight rounds on nine different dates, caused by the odd number of players. You can see out the pairings for the full league here.
The winner of each group receives a prize of a game board and books provided by the Chinese Weiqi Association.
At the time of writing, three rounds have been played in the league. You can view the current standings here.