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.
Report by Emil García