Europe wins the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship 2019
By Artem Kachanovskyi | European Pros | 14.07.2019 19:00| Views: 6130 | Comments: 4
Europe wins the Transatlantic  Professional Go  Team Championship 2019
This year for the first time Europe and America had their first official professional match. The full name of the event was the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, and you can find all the details on the official website. For more information, you can also read the announcement of the match, and the interview with the EGF team member Mateusz Surma after the first two rounds.

Both teams had five players each, and the tournament had a "win-and-continue" format. Please see the links given above for a more detailed explanation.

Here are the line-ups, with the final order of the players:
  1. Andy Liu 1p (USA)
  2. Calvin Sun 1p (USA)
  3. William Gansheng Shi 1p (Canada)
  4. Eric Lui 1p (USA)
  5. Ryan Li 1p (Canada)
  1. Mateusz Surma 2p (Poland)
  2. Ali Jabarin 2p (Israel)
  3. Pavol Lisy 2p (Slovakia)
  4. Artem Kachanovskyi 2p (Ukraine)
  5. Ilya Shikshin 3p (Russia)
Each game was commented live on Twitch

In the first three rounds Mateusz made us all belive that we would end with a 5-0 result for Europe. The first two game records you can find in his interview. He won his third game against Gansheng Shi 1p (Canada). There it seemed like for most of the game it was Mateusz in a good position :
After the first 3 rounds the match stood at 3-0 in Europe's favour. In the next game Mateusz played against Eric Lui 1p (USA). For most of the game, including the endgame, Mateusz was winning. In the end it was a clearly good situation for him, but then he suddenly lost by time. It was a really hard set of circumstances for the referee to make a decision on, because Mateusz seemed to click on the intersection nearly 10 seconds before his time was over, and the problem seemed to be clearly technical. In the end referee decided that the result should be "Mateusz lost by time". Here is the game record:
That was a pity for all the European Go fans.

The next one to fight for Europe was Ali Jabarin 2p (Israel). He didn't seem to play his game well, as he died early in the fight and the game looked hopeless after that:
After him, the next one was Pavol. He was doing well, but he made a silly mistake in the endgame, letting his opponent start a large ko. In the end Pavol lost by 1.5, and Eric Lui 1p (USA) was now the American hero, making the score even - 3:3.
After Pavol it was my turn to play. There was some pressure, as Eric managed to make the score even after 3-0. Actually during the game I was convinced that the game was good for me from the start until the finish. But after the game I checked it with the AI, and it turned out that I was too optimistic: at some points it was not clear at all, and it was even sometimes the case that my opponent was ahead. In the end Eric made more mistakes than I did, and he resigned.
Next game I had to play against Ryan Li 1p (Canada). But the date was exactly the same as the date of my second wedding. So the EGF team decided to use the substitution rule: Ilya played instead of me. In the case that Ilya would lose, I would play against Ryan on 14th July. As I noticed, this situation was discussed by people, so let me explain in a couple of words. My wife is romanian, and we had the first wedding in Ukraine in September 2018. The next wedding was planned in Romania in summer 2019, to let all of the romanian relatives and friends to join the wedding.
In my head: "How is Ilya doing in Transatlantic?.."

I didn't watch Ilya's game against Ryan. Ilya won by 3.5 points, here is their game:
That was it. Europe won 5 - 3, with me and Ilya left alive. Let's hope we can see such a competition again, maybe the next year!

This article was written by Artem Kachanovskyi

EGF professional Go player.
Born 12th December 1992.
Started to play Go in 1999.
Promoted to 1p in 2016, 2p in 2018, 3p in 2024.
Living in Ukraine, Kyiv.
All his articles on the EGF website.

Michal Nemčok
15.07.2019 17:52
Congratulations guys, so proud of you! :) In my opinion it was 6-2 really, not 5-3
silviu c brinzei
20.07.2019 3:51
Congratulations on your wedding! Having a second wedding was very nice on your part! I wish you a traditional "Casa de piatra"!

Good luck in the European Championship. I hope you will enjoy playing there.
20.07.2019 8:45
Thank you!
Anton V
23.08.2019 22:30
Congratulations, European team!
Wonderful event and impressive games!

Artem, thanks a lot for your articles, and all the best to your family!
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