European Youth Go Team Championship (EYGTC) is an annual online Go competition. European countries are represented by teams consisting of youth players. Each round teams have to line up five players of different age categories:
one player U20
two players U16
two players U12
This year there have been four rounds. The team of Russia remained undefeated, thus winning EYGTC for the 6th time.
Last year the winner was the team of Germany, which was the only time when the team of Russia didn’t win the competition.
This year European Grand Prix Finale took place on the Online Go Server from January 8 till 31. Top 16 European players were fighting for the title of the Grand Prix Winner. The competition is a culmination of the Grand Prix – a series of tournaments held during the year 2020.
The group stage didn’t bring any surprise, with the favourites getting first or second places to qualify for the knock-out stage.
11th Pandanet Go European Team Championship started in October 2020. Four rounds have been played already. At the time of writing the leader is the team of Ukraine, which unexpectedly defeated the favourite in the last round, the team of France. The next round will take place on February 2, the highlight of the round being the match between Ukraine and Russia.
In the third season of the European Professional Online Go League, the round-robin stage has come to an end. Ilya Shikshin 3p was undefeated and proceeded to the final by taking first place. Pavol Lisy 2p and Tanguy Le Calve 1p will play a match to determine who challenges Ilya for the title of the winner of the League.
European Grand Prix Finale 2020 has started on January 8th. At the time of writing the competition is in the semi-finals: Ilya Shikshin 3p v. Pavol Lisy 2p, and Artem Kachanovskyi 2p v. Stanislaw Frejlak 7d.
Novel in this season is Cuba playing in League A and standing as a strong competitor for the Championship, as their top three boards rank as 5 dan and the team has an average level of 3 dan.
Meanwhile, in League B, we also find a strengthened Uruguay with the recent incorporation of Martin Benenati 5d, promising a close fight with Chile and Venezuela who are also trying to fight their way back to League A.
Showdown starts immediately on the first round with heavy matches like Argentina v. Mexico, who last season finished second and fourth, respectively, and Brazil v. Peru who finished first and third, respectively.
Follow the 1st round of the Championship on Sunday 24th at 19 hrs GMT-6 on the LatinAmericanTeam Champ room in Pandanet.
This year the European Women’s Go Championship took place online, similarly to the majority of the other competitions.
16 players from 8 different countries participated in the event. The tournament system was very similar to the one of the European Grand Prix Finale:
four groups of four players
round-robin in a group
two players from each group proceed to the play-off
The final had a best-of-three format. The two players who made it to the final were Manja Marz 3d (Germany) and Natalia Kovaleva 5d (Russia). Natalia won two games in a row, thus winning the European Women’s Go Championship 2020.
In a hard-fought match, Brazil overcame Argentina to become the champion of the 4th PGLATC.
Of the three games played, the first one to finish was the third-board match between Brazil’s Helcio Alexander and Argentina’s Luciano Salerno. While Salerno kept the lead throughout most of the game, a later invasion proved too deep which gave the victory to Alexander.
Later on, the second board finished with a large point victory for Brazil’s Wang Sen Feng over Argentina’s Santiago Tabares.
At last, the first board finished with a victory of Argentina’s Fernando Aguilar over Israelian-Brazilian Amir Fragman, in a game with plenty of fighting and group exchanging.
So the result was a 2-1 victory for Brazil. Congratulations!
92 players out of 26 countries and four continents are playing in the ‘1st CCTV World Youth Amateur Weiqi Tournament’ which is organised by the Chinese Weiqi Association along with the CCTV Sports Youth Channel.
The tournament is divided into two groups: youth team and children’s individual. In the youth section, teams are composed of three players.
The tournament is divided into a regular season, playoffs and finals. The regular season uses a Swiss system of 7 rounds, from which the top eight players go on to the playoffs. In the playoffs, there are first two rounds with a single knock-out system until the final. The final is then played as a best-of-three match.
At the current point, the regular season has been finished. Playoffs are being played in December and the final’s date is yet to be defined. You may follow the games through YIKE Go server. Dates, results and more information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
SIIG at a university go event in Mexico City, 2015
On November 23rd, an eleven v. eleven players online team match took place on KGS between Mexico’s representative team and the ‘Sociedad Internacional de Intercambio de Go’, SIIG.
The SIIG is a Japanese-based society of retired women and men who like to share through go and that has traveled to many countries in the globe in past years with that purpose. In Latin America they’ve been in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico. The last time they were in Mexico was in October 2015, and since then, five online go matches with Mexico have been played.
So far all 5 matches have been victories for the Japanese team, and although the result of this last match was a 6-5 victory for SIIG, this is perhaps the closest Mexico has ever come to the win.
You can visit SIIG website behind this link or join the ‘Sala SIIG de Japón’ room on KGS under Social to find many SIIG members to play a match with.
On December 13, the first online team match between Dominican Republic and Mexico took place on the Pandanet Go Server. The match was played on eleven boards, resembling a football soccer match.
Dominican Republic players have been developing at a fast pace, even so that their first board is already 4 kyu. Nonetheless most of their players are still double digit kyu but with a lot of enthusiasm to learn more about the game.
Mexico’s team was set up accordingly to Dominican player’s level in order to make the match as fair as possible. You may check both teams line up in this post. The result turned out to be a 10-1 victory for Mexico.