Old Tournament Rules of the European Go Championship
Guidelines for the European Go Congress
A congress lasts for 15 days from a Saturday in July to a
Saturday in August. The first day is mainly the registration
For go tournaments, by default the EGF General Tournament
Rules and the EGF Tournament System Rules apply.
A congress also includes the following tournaments:
weekend, pairgo, rengo,
13x13, 9x9, team, lightning with 10 minutes. A congress should include
a rapid with 30 minutes and computergo.
tournament may have and possibly should have a supergroup. Its thinking
time must be enough to count towards the EGF ratings. Typically its
time is 60 minutes. Only
players 3 dan or weaker may miss any rounds. Handicaps, if any, may be
used only below 15 kyu.
The appeals committee is used also for side
Particular Tournament Rules of the European Go Championship
The rounds are Sunday to Saturday except Wednesdays and
the weekend in
between. One round is played per day. Each game starts in the morning.
The tournament is open for all players.
The specified rank is the player's European rank and, by
default, is used during both
The system is a 10 rounds McMahon. By default,
there is a supergroup.
The Tournament Supervisors decide the rules of play, the
top bar, the lower rating consideration bar to X dan, whether
exceptionally not to use a supergroup, and the supergroup members
according to the rules below.
Rules of Play
The by far major sponsors of the EGF during the
previous 12 months and of the congress determine the rough choice of
rules of play. The finer choice is according to the EGF General
Tournament Rules. It is desirable to use only one ruleset for all
boards; however, if a split should be made, then it is between boards
1-16 and boards 17+. However,
if apparently one of the sponsors is not particularly interested in the
rules of play or if suitable playing material is not
all boards may use the same rules of play.
The congress may set a fee for the participants.
Regardless of preregistration, each player registers
at the congress site until a deadline during the night following the
Any player has to sign a Tournament Agreement and in
particular: "I abide
by all tournament rules of the EGF. If I play in the supergroup of the
main tournament, then I play all 10 rounds. If I am X dan or stronger,
then I do not omit a game during the period for which I have
If I am weaker than X dan, then for dropping one round I use the proper
sheet and give it to the organizers the day before until the deadline."
The players X dan or stronger also declare their
and number of years of residence in Europe / EGF countries. In case of
doubt, the congress organizers verify this and the rank.
Players not reading English are carefully informed about
Agreement and should sign an Asian language version of it.
A few weeks before the congress or else at latest during
formation of the supergroup, the Tournament Supervisors
decide due to an apparently great number of strong participants whether
to increase the lower rating consideration bar from 4 dan to X dan.
Players X dan or higher may declare their intention to play
in the supergroup in the Tournament
The event organizers give rating, rank, and strength
about the players X dan and above to the Tournament Supervisors.
Especially they get
the latest EGF rating lists for Europeans and for non-Europeans from
the EGF ratings manager.
A supergroup of ca. 32 players is formed as follows in
Europeans according to the EGF rating list.
At most altogether ca. 2 improving young or local top
non-Europeans (with or without EGF rating). The total numbers of
players in (2) and (3) should be at most ca. 8.
Fill any remaining places with Europeans
according to the EGF rating list.
By default, players entering delayed or not playing in all
rounds are not in the supergroup.
The thinking times are the same for both players and depend
on the higher
ranked player as follows:
4 dan - 7 dan: 2.5 hours basic time + 1 minute byoyomi
4 kyu or below: 1.5 hours basic time + 30 seconds byoyomi
However, if the clocks cannot manage 45 seconds byoyomi, then 40
seconds byoyomi is used.
Tiebreakers for pairing purposes may differ from the final
After every round, the current player ordering by
McMahonScore - SOS is published.
Result forms, sealing forms, and dropping forms are used
deadlines. If the players agree, sealing a move may also be done by
simply playing it.
Handicaps, if any, may be used only below 15 kyu.
A player not playing a round without proper notification
can be expelled
from the tournament. If an X dan or stronger misses a round during his
period, then as a minimal consequence this leads to suspension from the
supergroup for the next time in three years.
Results - General
There are the two titles
Champion and European Open Champion. A
player might get both titles.
To get a title, a player has to have played all rounds,
proves exceptional circumstances according to the EGF General
After the last round, the Tournament Supervisors verify the
order of the top players. Only then the prize giving may take place.
The major prizes go to the top 10 players.
The EGF archives the final results and the names and
countries of the title
Results - European Champion
The best-placed European
becomes the European
The final results are
In case of a tie on SOS,
the title is shared.
Results - European Open
The best-placed player
becomes the European Open Champion.
All players are ordered
If there is a tie on the
first place, the tie will be broken by:
the lowest McMahonScores of a player's opponents in exactly x rounds.
MutualGameScore is Direct Comparison applied to and only if
exactly two players are still tied after SOS-9.