Long Term Decisions

Made by the EGF AGM from 1990 onwards and still current and relevant.

These decisions have been paraphrased from the relevant AGM minutes. In case of dispute the original wording should be consulted. The decisions are sorted into date order within categories.


2009 Membership Fees: Increased to 1 euro per member, but still 0.5 for any children if children are charged lower membership rate.
2009 Membership Fees: Minimum fee increased to 200 euro per member, except that developing countries can apply to pay a reduced rate for up to 5 years (old minimum 50 euro applies).
2007 Membership Fees: A late payment fee, set at 20 percent, is chargable if fees not paid by 1st April.
2004 Accounts: Explanatory notes will be provided with the annual accounts
2003 Transferring Money: There shall be no unusual ways of transferring money, e.g. via an American company
2001 Stocks: It needs a vote 4 to 1 of the Finance Commission to buy or sell stocks and equity funds
1998 Change of currency and membership fee: The accounting currency of the EGF was changed to the Euro. Starting in 1999, the federations' yearly membership fees will be 0.50 Euro times the number of personal members of the federation, subject to a 50 Euro minimum
1998 Valuation of Material: Stocks of Go Equipment will be held for a nominal value of 0.5 Euro. The EGF keeps sufficient inventories of stones, boards and clocks for loan to congresses. Donation of material from the Ing Fund should be reported. The executive of the EGF remains responsible for distributing this equipment


2003 Announcement of Candidates: all candidates should be announced when received
2003 Enlargement of Executive: Extra VPs will be elected bringing Executive up to 7
2002 Mail Archiving: There should be stringent backing up of mail to and from the Executive and the Commissions. Copies of items regarding a member should be copied to that member
2002 Verification of Members Lists: The Executive may verify a country's membership list, without retaining the detailed information
2002 AGM Voting Rights: The country's payment of their fee and eligibility of their representative should be verified before the start of the meeting - voting cards should be issued to valid representatives
2002 Consolidated Balance: the annual accounts should contain a consolidated balance
2001 AGM Minutes: Copies of AGM minutes should be kept on the EGF web site
2000 IGF Directors: The European IGF Directors should report to the AGM
2000 Registration of EGF: The EGF was registered in the Netherlands in November 1999
2000 AGM Minutes: These should contain a list of names and functions of all attendees
2000 New Constitution: The new constitution was accepted with the changes discussed - including Appeals
1999 Elections for IGF: Candidates for European IGF Directors should be voted for like for Executive

COMMISSIONS (major changes only)

2007 Strong Players Commission: Set up to look at championship system and the like.
2005 Rules Commission: Modus Operandi adopted.
2005 Restarted: Ratings, Promotion (Sponsorship), Constitution and Tournament (EGC Format) to be restarted. Appeals to be installed next AGM.
2004 Reinstalled: All commission will be reinstalled by Executive when needed
2003 Promotion Commission: should be installed
2002 Youth Commission: was split from Education
2000 Appeal Commission: Instigated by change to constitution
1997 Rules & Rating Commission: The Rules Commission was renamed to Rules and Rating Commission and will be responsible for dealing with matters as rules, tournaments and ratings
1991 Finance Commission: was installed


2009 European Championship should be held at the EGC.
2009 European Championship results should be affected by games against non-Europeans.
2005 Congress should start in July and end in August (not documented decision from 2003).
2003 Profits: Any profits from the EGC to support go in the country
2003 Organisers' Web Page: A web page to give help to future EGC Organisers should be set up
2001 Guidelines: Guidelines should be produced for organisers of the EGC
2000 Saijo Fund: A fund to support Saijo attending congresses should be set up
1998 Financial Reporting: The EGF should put more effort into quality control of the EGC and in the way sponsorship money is spent, gradually improving quality control and financial control of the EGC
1998 Future Congresses: When bidding for a future EGC, a proposed budget should be supplied, and also it should be made clear in their plans what the nature of the congress will be and in what price range the sleeping accommodation is. Also whether or not there will be prize money must be mentioned in the plans
1998 Congress Accounts: The financial figures of the congress must be presented one year after at the AGM
1998 Congress Selection: Normally congresses are allocated with a 4 year lead time. However it was decided that if a country could give a good reason for needing longer preparation time for a congress, it could be given a specific year more than 4 years ahead. They will also be given a deadline by which definite plans have to be presented to the AGM
1996 Congresses Liability: Future organisers of a big tournament or a congress should check the legal situation about responsibility for a person or organisation for a person they "invite" and for whom they are responsible.
1996 Congress Tournament System: A super group should be formed of up to 32 players. Up to 8 of the 32 players may be chosen for particular reasons by the EGC Organisers (for instance for publicity, strong youth-players, visiting strong players). Otherwise the group is chosen by the Rules and Ratings Commission in consultation with the EGF Executive.
1996 Congress Bulletin: No sarcastic, funny, or impolite remarks should be published about any sponsor of the tournament in a Congress Bulletin and that it is a responsibility of the editor to see that this does not happen
1996 Behaviour: In a case of really bad behaviour, the EGC organiser can request to the Executive that a person can be banned from the next EGC
1992 Time Limits: The EGC Time Limits are set at 2.5 hours for the top players, 2 hours for the middle and 1.5 hours for the lower level. Only one game should be played per day (agreed in 1989)
1990 Overtime: Canadian Overtime allowed instead of byoyomi (but not with Ing Timers)
1990 Smoking: No Smoking should be announced


2009 European defined as holder of EGF-member country passport.
2009 Pandanet Go European Cup all prizes and points only go to Europeans.
2009 European Youth Championship top age group lowered to under-16 (under-18 can be contested unofficially).
2009 European Youth Championship support system only applies when there is sponsorship.
2009 European Student Championship top age group agreed as under-29.
2007 New Rules: EGF tournament system rules and tournament rules adopted.
2006 European Youth Championship support system amended for adults.
2006 New Tour System: European Cup and Toyota - IGS-PandaNet Tour merged as Pandanet Go European Cup from 2007.
2005 Internet Team Tournament: new League-based tournament to be investigated.
2005 New Student Championship: to be qualifier for World Student Games (if needed).
2004 European Youth Championship: System for distributing support for players and adults adopted
2004 EM and EC: Revised systems for these adopted for 2005 on
2003 Komi: Komi shall be 6.5 when Japanese rules are in use
2003 European Masters: An eight player format for the European Masters was accepted. The first edition was to be held at the EGCC in 2003, the subsequent editions at the EGC from 2005 onwards.
2003 European Cup: A new self-funding Grand Prix was set up called the European Cup. Tournaments can buy Grand Prix points to boost their event's status
2003 Pair Go System: A points system based on membership size and results at the European Pairs was adopted to select countries for the World Pair Go Championships
2002 Toyota-Pandanet European Go Tour: Pandanet will jointly sponsor the Toyota Tour, with subsequent name change
2001 Member Representatives: The membership fee must have paid in order to have an official representative at an EGF event
1999 European Masters: A new event for a selected few top players should be instigated
1999 Toyota European Go Tour: A new system of Tour Tournaments, Tour Points and a Tour Finals in Paris was instigated
1997 Japanese Rules: When Japanese Rules are in use the version of the rules from 1989 (as printed in the Go Player's Almanac) are used
1996 World Pair Go Tournament: No person (male or female) may participate twice within three years
1996 World Youth Championship: For the European Youth Championship the following rules apply. In the case of an equal number of wins lots will be drawn to decide who qualifies for the WYGC instead of looking at SOS and SODOS score. For determining if a player falls in a certain age category, he/she should be born on or after August 1 of the corresponding year of birth. (No exceptions will be made to this rule)
1995 Ing Rules: The Ing Goe Rules are adopted as the official rules of the EGF
1995 Tournament Calendar: It is agreed to keep big international events on the European Tournament Calendar
1995 European Youth Championship: From 1995 the EGF will organise an official European Youth Go Championship. It will serve as a qualification tournament for the World Youth Goe Championship.
1993 Ing Cup: The Ing Cup will be held in the EGCC every two years and it will be held elsewhere every other year
1990 Ing Cup: An annual Ing Cup will be held and played using Ing Goe Rules (later known as the Ing Chang-Ki Memorial)


2009 European Go Database holds and processes ratings in behalf of the EGF.
2005 A-Category: definition amended.
1999 Rating System: The new European Rating System was adopted. Tournaments can be in A. B or C class according to time limits and status and are rated accordingly
1996 Rating List: As many tournaments as possible will be incorporated in the European Rating List. The European rating list can be used for calibration for national ratings and will be used to select McMahon super Groups


2003 Olympics: It was agreed to support the bid to become an Olympic Sport
1996 Sponsoring of EGC: If an organiser wants a sponsor or sub-sponsor that might conflict with other sponsors of the EGC, then approval of the Executive must be obtained beforehand
1994 Ing Fund: In return for substantial sponsorship in money and equipment it was agreed to abide by the contract provided by the Ing Fund. The EGC will be played using Ing Rules as a consequence


1995 Mr. Ing Chang-Ki is appointed as honorary member of the EGF
1995 Mr. Iwamoto Kaoru is appointed as honorary member of the EGF


1999 Advisor to Education Commission: Yuki Shigeno is appointed as special Advisor
1999 Japan Liaison Officer: Stefan Hruschka is appointed to the new role
1997 President Emeritus: Jan van Frankenhuysen is appointed to be responsible for contact with Fujitsu and Hitachi and other similar sponsors. His title will be president emeritus of the EGF
1997 Honorary Go Teacher: Saijo Sensei is appointed as Honorary Go Teacher of the EGF
1990 Archivist: Theo van Ees is appointed EGF Archivist

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