Lukáš Podpěra 7d and Adriana Tomšů 2d, pair from Czechia
The 33rd World Amateur Pair Go Championship was held in Tokyo on 2–3 December. This event brought together 32 pairs from Asia, Europe, and America. China’s Wang Chen 8d and Chen Si 6d remained undefeated after five rounds and thus were crowned the champions.
Europe was represented by pairs from six countries: Czechia, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Israel, and Spain. After five rounds, the most successful was the pair from Czechia: Lukáš Podpěra 7d and Adriana Tomšů 2d, who took 14th place. Manja Marz 4d and Johannes Obenaus 6d, the European Pair Go Champions from Germany, finished 15th.
The Samsung Cup is one of the most prestigious international professional competitions. After a several-year break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a European player again got to come to South Korea and participate in this exciting event – the EGF nominated Andrii Kravets 1p, the current European Champion.
Round 1 of the 28th Samsung took place on the 16th of November. Andrii played Park Junghwan 9p, one of the strongest Korean professionals. Unfortunately, Andrii resigned after 180 moves and was eliminated from the tournament – the Samsung Cup is a knockout competition.
This year’s Grand Slam tournament sponsored by the CEGO took place in the picturesque center of Prague on 19–22 October. The 16 strongest European players gathered to battle in a knockout for the most prestigious European title.
After four rounds, Mateusz Surma 3p remained undefeated and thus claimed the Grand Slam, repeating his success from 2019 in Berlin. He took home the largest prize in the European go scene: €10,000.
In the final Mateusz beat Fredrik Blomback 7d by 4.5 points. You can see the record of this game below. Fredrik has been demonstrating high performance recently: he took 3rd place in the Grand Slam last year, and 4th and 3rd places in the European Championship this year and last year, respectively.
In the match for the 3rd place, Pavol Lisy 2p beat Nikola Mitic 7d.
The 2023 Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship was held online. The NAGF (North American Go Federation) team won the first two rounds on September 16th and 30th with a score of 3-0. The EGF (European Go Federation) team won the last round on October 7th with a score of 2-1, so the final score was 2-1 in favour of the American team.
Participants of the European Student Championship in Timisoara
This year’s European Student Championship was held on 15–16 September in Timisoara, Romania. The Student Championship is traditionally one of the smallest EGF events and this time it brought together five participants who played out a round robin.
Dobranis brothers Denis 5d and Darius 3d topped the tournament table in the end with one defeat only. They tied in all the tie-breakers but since Denis beat his brother in the last round – he was crowned the champion. Third came Boris Dovcik 2d who lost only to Denis and Darius; the fourth and fifth places went to Daniel Dobridoreanu 1d and Daria-Maria Mesesan 3k. respectively.
The 2023 Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship will be held online – the North American Go Federation and the EGF teams will play three rounds on 16 September, 30 September, and 7 October, nominating three players for each match. Below is the pairing for the first round (EGF vs. NAGF):
Andrii Kravets 1p vs. Ryan Li 4p
Stanislaw Frejlak 1p vs. Eric Lui 2p
Pavol Lisy 2p vs. Kevin Yang 1p
The games will be played on the OGS at 18:30 CEST and players from both teams will provide live commentary on the EGF Twitch channel.
Last June, the Ibero American Go Federation decided in an extraordinary assembly to designate the Dominican Republic as the host country for the 5th Latin American Go Congress, to be held on 12–16 October in the Caribbean city of Punta Cana.
Within this event the following Championships will take place:
23rd Ibero American Go Championship
5th Latin American Youth Go Championship
6th Ibero American Pair Go Championship
3rd Latin American Female Go Championship
Final match of the 7th Pandanet Latin American Go Team Championship between Brazil and Peru
In addition to these events, the congress will feature professional players who will do lectures, game reviews and play simultaneous games with the participants.
The venue of the Congress will be the Hotel Impressive Punta Cana, located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. Some cheaper hotels close to the venue include Palmas de Punta Cana, Terraza Art Villa Dominicana, and Hotel Art Villa Dominicana.
The event is co-organised by the ‘Asociación Dominicana de Go’ and the Mexican Go Association.
The European Pair Go Championship was held on 16–18 August in Leksand, Sweden, and brought together 14 pairs from various countries. After six rounds, two pairs topped the tournament table with one defeat only: Manja Marz 4d and Johannes Obenaus 6d from Germany were ahead according to the tie-breaker (SOS, sum of opponents’ scores), while Ariane Ougier 4d and Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia 7d from France finished second. They were followed by a group of six pairs with three wins and three losses.
The weekend following the Pair Championship, on 19–20 August, the 16th Leksand Open tournament took place at the same venue. Lukas Podpera 7d remained undefeated after five rounds and thus was crowned the champion. Woo Hoyeung 5d came second and third place went to Denis Dobranis 5d.
The 65th European Go Congress (EGC) took place in Leipzig on 22 July–5 August and brought together players from all over the world.
As usual, the EGC included such important events as the European Pandent Team Championship and individual European Championship. Andrii Kravets 1p claimed both Championships, winning the former as a member of the Ukrainian Team.
The biggest tournament at the EGC traditionally was the Open European Championship with almost 700 participants from more than 30 countries. The winner was Ryu Insu 7d from South Korea, followed by his compatriot Kim Daehwi 7d; third place went to Dominik Boviz 6d from Hungary.
The other competitions attracted numerous participants, too: more than 500 players in the Weekend Tournament (the winner was Park Junghun 7d) and almost 400 in the Rapid Tournament (winner: Kim Daehwi 7d).
Top three (from the left): Andrii Kravets 1p, Ali Jabarin 2p, and Ashe Vazquez 7d
The 2023 European Championship took place at the European Go Congress in Leipzig on 23–30 July; it brought together 32 strongest European players to battle in a double-elimination system until eight players were selected for a knockout.
Despite losing in the second round to Jonas Welticke 6d, Andrii Kravets 1p won all the remaining games and thus was crowned champion. In the final he beat Ali Jabarin 2p by 1.5 points; you can see that game at the end of this article. Ashe Vazquez 7d defeated Fredrik Blomback 7d in the match for third place.
Andrii Kravets is the first European Champion from Ukraine. Just before the tournament started, he also won the Pandanet European Team Championship as a member of the Ukrainian national team.