About the European Go Federation
Welcome to the internet site of European Go Federation!
The EGF is a non-profit organization with the purpose of encouraging, regulating, co-ordinating and disseminating
the playing of Go in Europe. It has a history of more than fifty years of organising congresses, championships,
tournaments and leagues throughout Europe.
Membership is open to the Go organising body in any country in, or near to, Europe. As of 2015 there were 37
members and the number continues to grow.
Each year the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held, as part of the European Go Congress (EGC) at the end of
July/start of August, in one of the member countries. Among other business, an Executive Committee is elected for
running normal activities between AGMs.
Under Executive Committee supervision, there is a number of commissions. Each commission is supervised by Executive
Committee member and is responsible for collecting and analysing events and proposals from their field and submitting
their conclusions for the approval of the Executive or Annual General Meeting.
The EGC is the premier event of the European Go calendar and as well as featuring the European Championship, has
tournaments and teaching that all can join in. It brings together all kinds of Go players, competitive and
recreational, young and old, from all over the world as well as all around Europe. It can attract up to a thousand
Reflecting the increased level of play over the last twenty years, annual European Championships are now also held
for particular groups of players. These events are held at various times during the year and in different locations
each year. There are Championships for Youth, Students, Women and Pairs.
The annual country Team Championship is run as leagues, online on Pandanet, with finals at the EGC, thanks to the
The EGF coordinates major European tournaments and many of these are part of a Grand Prix. Over the years various
sponsors have supported tournaments for the very best players, often to select players to take part in pro events in
the Orient. Currently these events are the Grand Slam Tournaments and the Professional Qualification Tournament.
Previous sponsors of events have been Fujitsu, Toyota, Denso, Ing foundation and Pandanet.
In 2012 the EGF ran the Go events at the World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France.
Since 2014 two new professionals have been appointed each year to a European Professional System and the EGF
Academy has been set up in cooperation with the Ge Yuhong Go Academy in China.
An official European Rating List is maintained by the European Go Database, by processing the results of as many
European tournaments as possible.
Further Reading about the EGF
Go is maybe 3000 years old and started in China. It spread to Korea and Japan, where as a professional today you
could earn a million dollars a year. It is now spreading throughout the rest of the world.
Play Go Online
You can play Go online 24/7 on the Pandanet Internet Go
Server, used regularly for the Pandanet European
Team Go Championships.