Pandanet Go European Team Championship (PGETC) is an annual go competition in which member countries of the European Go Federation (EGF) are represented by teams consisting of 12 players. The tournament is organised in two stages: online league and final.
In the online league, all the teams are split into groups of ten. Each group plays a round-robin with approximately one match per month. Each team lines up four players for a match. After the online league is finished, the two most successful teams of each group traverse up to the next league, and two teams finishing last fall down to the preceding one. In the A group, the top four teams are qualified for the final. Normally, the final is organised live at the spot at the European Go Congress (EGC), two days before the Congress starts. Last year the EGC was cancelled, so the final took place online. This year the EGC is cancelled as well, so we can expect the same format of the final.
The 11th season of the PGETC started in October 2020. The last round of the A league was played on 18 May, so now it’s decided which teams enter the final:
Among the teams who entered the final this year, Russia became champion five times, France was victorious three times including the previous two seasons, while Ukraine won the tournament once.
Below you can see a record of the game played between Mateusz Surma 2p and Artem Kachanovskyi 2p in the 9th round of the 11th PGETC online league on 18 May.
Report by Artem