Tournament for amateur player, 27th October - 1st November. Registration deadline 30th September 2017.
This is Hangzhou Branch of China Qiyuan. From 27 th October to 1 st November, China’s biggest amateur Go tournament “Shanglv Cup International City Go Tournament” will be held in Hangzhou, China. We sincerely invite you to represent your country to attend this banquet....
If you use the 144 hours special arrangement for the area Shanghai / Hangzhou / Nanjing you don't need a visa. Look here.
World Students OZA Tournament - Online Start
The 17th World Students Go OZA Championship starts right now. Europe will send 3 players to the final face-to-face tournament, to be played with 16 participants in Tokyo, from 19th to 23rd February 2018.
Now the online preliminaries start on Pandanet, ending up for Europe with two male and one female student qualifying for Tokyo. University-/College students under the age of 30 can participate in the preliminary round.
Remark: Students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the online preliminary round.
Source: Pandanet Inc.
Istanbul Tournament 2017
The famous tournament in Istanbul, with the new date: 30th September / 1st October 2017. Here's the announcement.
Just fyi - this year's tournament won't be part of the Grand Prix, but look at the overview of the Grand Prix 2018 in this edition of the newsletter.
Source: Ertuğ Akkol, Istanbul
12th Korean Prime Minister's Cup
With players from 55 countries this year's Korean Prime Minister's Cup (KPMC) happened at the same location like last year, at Buan, a very nice area at the south-west coast of Korea. The venue was a sport-center, totally quiet and relaxing, with a bright playing-room and the view on the sea.
The agreement with the city of Buan about the KPMC will run at least till end of 2018. So, next KPMC will be again in Buan, an excellent venue for the KPMC. Hopefully we'll get the exact date for 2018 earlier than this year.
Most successful European players in this year's event after 6 rounds - and a bit unlucky in the SOS lottery:
5th place: Dmitrij Surin, 6d (Russia), 5 wins
8th place: Lukas Podpera, 7d (Czechia), 4 wins
11th place: Thomas Debarre, 6d (France), 4 wins
14th place: Jonas Welticke, 6d (Germany), 4 wins
15th place: Alexander Eerbeek, 5d (Netherlands), 4 wins
Grand Prix 2018 - Forecast Bonus Point Tournaments
While looking forward to the last Bonus Point Tournament of the Grand Prix 2017 in Amstelveen (21/22 October 2017) we are very happy to announce the actual planning status for the Grand Prix 2018. Assuming that all planned tournaments will happen in 2018, right now 11 seats for the Grand Prix Finale 2018 (to be played in January 2019) are assigned by Bonus Point Tournaments in 2018. But still something is possible. So please contact us if you want to apply for a Bonus Point tournament in 2018.
February St. Petersburg Russia -- level B -- for Final 2 21 / 22 April Prague Czechia -- level C -- for Final 1 26 - 29 April Berlin Germany -- level GS 10 - 13 May Amsterdam Netherlands -- level B -- for Final 2 19 - 21 May Hamburg Germany -- level B -- for Final 2 13 - 15 July Pardubice Czechia -- level C -- for Final 1 29 July - 5 August Pisa Italy -- level A 18 -19 August Leksand Sweden -- level C -- for Final 1 October Istanbul Turkey -- level C -- for Final 1 27 - 28 October Mannheim Germany -- level C -- for Final 1 Pending: Dublin Ireland Paris France Vienna Austria
Looking back - European Championships
EWGC Two weeks after her hard work at the European Go Congress in Oberhof (with the maximum number of players ever seen on a tournament in the western world) the main organizer, Manja Marz, 3d from Germany, won this year's European Women's Go Championship in Odessa (Ukraine) unbeaten with 5 wins in a row. 2nd place: Natalia Kovaleva, 5d (Russia), 3rd place: Rita Pocsai, 5d (Hungary). Look at the details about this great event in Odessa, with 50 players in the women's championship, an all over record for this championship in the European Go-history.
ESC Last weekend the European Student Championship took place at Ceske Budejovice (Czechia). No, not with a new record like in Odessa. But with the sensational result of more than 50% winners at the end of the event. How is this possible ? Look at the explanation in the next topic.
2017 European Student Champion: Alexandr Vashurov, 5d, from Russia
Sadly this year the European Student Championship collided with the very late announced Korean Prime Minister's Cup. Therefore Peter Marko, last year's student champion from Hungary, could not defend his title while playing the KPMC. Some more European students preferred the tournament in Korea, otherwise for sure more players would have found the way to Czechia in the center of Europe.
After the championship is before the (next) championship: European Student Championship 2018 is scheduled for 15/16 August 2018 in Leksand (Sweden). No conflict with the KPMC 2018, so we hope on more students can attend next year.