The European Championship is one of the highlights in the European go calendar. Traditionally it is held in summer during the European Go Congress (EGC). However, as this year’s EGC was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Championship was organised online, same as last year.
This year’s edition of the tournament started on the 23rd of November with the group stage: four groups of four players were to decide the eight players who join the other eight players qualified for the final stage automatically. In the final stage, the sixteen strongest European players battle in a knockout for the champion’s title.
The games are commented live on the EGF Twitch channel by European professionals.
Four professionals certified by the EGF made it to the semi-finals: Ilya Shikshin 4p plays against Ali Jabarin 2p and Pavol Lisy 2p plays against Artem Kachanovskyi 2p. Starting from the semi-finals, each match is played as a best-of-three.
The final will take place on December 3–5.
You can find more information on the European Championship 2021 web page.
Report by Artem