The first stage of the 7th European Professional Qualification will take place on February 25–26 in Brno, Czechia. It will feature the quarter-finals of the knockout tournament, bringing together eight invited participants:
- Lukas Podpera 7d vs. Elian Grigoriu 6d
- Oscar Vazquez 6d vs. Jan Simara 6d
- Cornel Burzo 6d vs. Benjamin Teuber 6d
- Jan Prokop 6d vs. Dominik Boviz 6d
Each match is a best of three. The semi-final and final rounds will be held at the same location on March 10–12. The overall winner of this two-stage competition will be certified as the ninth professional player by the European Go Federation.
Report by Artem