Expectations for the 8th Mexican Internet Go Tournament got surpassed as 84 players from over ten countries registered for the event. Out of these players, 54 are Mexican and the other 30 from Latin American countries.
The six-round MacMahon tournament takes place over a six-week period, in which each round is played in OGS on Sundays at 19:00 GMT-3. Participants have a chance to settle another date and time for the match with their opponents by mutual agreement. A WhatsApp group was created for this purpose, and is also being used to give announcements about the event such as pairings and standings.
An interesting feature of this tournament is that points will be given out to the first five places in each of the top three MacMahon groups made for the pairing. Players can later exchange these points for the chance to represent Mexico in the WAGC or the KPMC. ‘Normally points would be given only to the top 5 players of the whole tournament, but we devised this system to bring in as many people as possible. We know you are still at home so you are welcome to play go with us!’ Pablo Tapia from the Mexican Go Association reports to IGF.
Report by Emil García