Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) appeared in Europe and people realised how serious the danger is, many emergency measures have been applied: borders are closing, flights are cancelled, and in many countries people are asked to stay home in quarantine. Obviously, such a situation strongly influences go life in Europe as well.
The European Youth Go Championship in Croatia was the last tournament before countries started to apply powerful measures such as closing their borders. In fact, the tournament took place just as some countries started applying such measures. Some of the participants even had to ask for the help of their countries’ embassies to return home, because their flights and bus trips were getting cancelled.
As there is still hope for the better, some tournaments such as the European Professional Championship and the Grand Slam Qualification have been postponed instead of being cancelled.
Beside all the bad news, there are some good news as well. A new project is starting soon, called the European Professional Online Go League. The games are going to be commented live by one of the European pros. The start is on March 21, 18:00 CET. For more information see the article on the EGF website.
Report by Artem