Top three: Elian Grigoriu, Martin Ruzicka, and Mirta Medak
The European Student Go Championship took place on 17–18 September in Trier, Germany, and brought together eleven participants. After five rounds, Martin Ruzicka 4d remained undefeated and won the tournament. He was followed by Elian Grigoriu 6d and Mirta Medak 2d, both of whom only lost to the winner.
Below you can see a record of the game between Martin and Elian, played on the fourth round.
The 64th European Go Congress (EGC) took place in Vatra Dornei, Romania, from July 22nd until August 7th. It brought together over 300 go-lovers from Europe and beyond. For many it was a great occasion to see each other after a long break – the last EGC was held in Brussels in 2019, and since then it has been cancelled due to the worldwide COVID pandemic.
As per tradition, this year’s EGC featured events such as the Pandanet Go European Team Championship, European Championship, Open European Championship, Rapid Tournament, Weekend Tournament, Pair Go Tournament, etc.
Even though this year the Asian participants still had difficulties traveling to Europe, some players did come: the winner of the Open European Championship was Choi Wonjin 1p, followed by their countrymates Kim Yuchan 1p and Kim Dohyup 7d.
Vatra Dornei is a picturesque town located in the Carpathian mountains – the participants could enjoy hiking in breaks between playing their favourite game.
This year’s European Championship took place at the European Go Congress in Vatra Dornei, Romania, from July 24th until July 31st. The tournament brought together 32 top European players, who battled in a double-elimination system until the quarter-final, followed by a knockout.
In the final, Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia 6d beat Artem Kachanovskyi 2p, thus claiming the European Chamionship for the first time. At the end of this article, you can see a record of the final game between Benjamin and Artem.
The third and fourth places went to Fredrik Blomback 6d and Nikola Mitic 7d, respectively.
The final of this year’s Pandanet Go European Team Championship (PGETC) took place in Vatra Dornei, Romania, on 22–23 July. Traditionally, it is a part of the European Go Congress, preceding the rest of the tournaments, such as the European Championship.
The four teams that qualified for the final were France, Ukraine, Czechia, and Poland.
Ukraine scored two wins on the first day against Poland and Czechia, while France tied with Czechia and defeated Poland. Ukraine tied with France on the second day, while Czechia beat Poland. Therefore, the final order of the teams is as follows: Ukraine, France, Czechia, and Poland.
The second season of the Transatlantic Professional Go League (TPGL) concluded on July 17th with a best-of-five final match between American professionals Ryan Li 3p and Kevin Yang 1p. Ryan won three games straight, thus winning the match and the whole season.
European professionals Ilya Shikshin 4p and Artem Kachanovskyi 2p finished third and fourth, respectively.
It’s worth noting that Ryan Li won the first season of the TPGL as well; that time he defeated Ilya Shikshin 4p in the final.
The group stage of the second season of the Transatlantic Professional Go League (TPGL) concluded on 19 June. Three players out of five are qualified for the knockout stage from each group, and below you can see the pairing:
Ilya Shikshin 4p v. Brady Zhang 7d
Ali Jabarin 2p v. Artem Kachanovskyi 2p
Ryan Li 3p v. Ilya or Brady
Kevin Yang 7d v. Ali or Artem
Ryan Li and Kevin Yang finished the group stage with a flawless score of 4-0, and both lost one game out of nine they played: to Ali Jabarin 2p and Artem Kachanovskyi 2p, respectively.
The second and third places in each group were decided by the tie-breakers, as there were three players with two wins. For more details, see the web page of the 2nd TPGL.
Below you can find a game in which Ali Jabarin 2p defeated Ryan Li 3p.
After two online editions in 2020 and 2021, the European Championship will take place face-to-face at the 64th European Go Congress (EGC) in Vatra Dornei, Romania on 24–31 July.
The competition features a double-elimination mode with 32 participants until eight players remain to fight in a knockout. You can see an example in the tournament chart of the 2019 European Championship.
Players selected for the 2022 European Championship:
The Pandanet Go European Team Championship (PGETC) is a competition that is divided into two stages: an online league lasting from October to May and a face-to-face final taking place at the European Go Congress (EGC). In 2020 and 2021 the EGC was cancelled, so the PGETC final took place online.
The teams participating in the online league are divided into four groups, from A to D, each consisting of eight to ten teams. Each group plays a round-robin, according to whose results the teams traverse up and down the leagues in the next season, and the four top teams from the A league are qualified for the final.
After the last round of league A took place on the 17th of May, the four teams qualified for the final are now decided: France, Ukraine, Czechia, and Poland. This year’s EGC will take place in Romania traditionally during the last week of July and the first week of August.