EYGC 2024 in Hamburg
By Tony Claasen | Articles | 07.04.2024 17:05| Views: 2413
The start of a week filled with go in Hamburg was for the 20th Mausefalle in Hamburg-Harburg.

The winner of this tournament is Christopher Kacwin 5d Germany.

Results Mausefalle

During this weekend the DDGM 2023 (German Women's Championship) was also played.
The DDGM 2023 was postponed after it could not be held in December 2023.
The German Women's Champion 2023 Manja Marz on the left playing against Christina Kacwin

Results DDGM

On the 18th of March a series of seminars started with Youngsun Yoon, Andrii Kravets and Lukas Podpera.

30 players gathered for 3 days of training, we even had locals visit just to learn about go.

Yoon Young-Sun 8p
Andrii Kravets 1p
Lukas Podpera 7d

On Wednesday the big party started with most of the participants arriving, creating lots of noise and making me smile when seeing the joy in their faces when meeting friends.
Not speaking the same language seems to be no challenge for them when they communicate and start to play go.

Consul General of Japan in Hamburg Shinsuke Toda

We were happy, that the Consul General of Japan in Hamburg Shinsuke Toda, was able to speak a few words of welcome to the youth players at the opening ceremony.

Voluntary director of the Confucius Institut Hamburg mrs. Lan Zou

This year the modus-operandi and the groups were suddenly changed and instead of the 3 groups in the previous year, now only 2 were left, the U12 group and the U18 group.
After hearing some kids that suddenly were left out of this Tournament I created a third group for U21 that played an unofficial tournament, and with the help of Martin Stiassny, the president of the EGF, I was able to give the winner of this group a wildcard for the European Championship 2024 in Toulouse.

In the U12 group Bartik Dach 2d from Czechia won the tournament winning all 6 games and so crowned himself the European Champion 2024 in this category.
Second place was taken by Bende Barcza 2d from Hungary, followed by Ryan Zhang 3d in third place.

Top 3 U12, Bende Barcza, Bartik Dach and Ryan Zhang

Results of the U12 group

The U18 group was won by Yuze Xing 5d From Germany winning all 6 games made him the European Champion 2024 in the catagory U18.
Second place was taken by Stjepan Medak 3d from Croatia followed by Jan Komin 2d from Czechia in third place.

Top 3 U18, Stjepan Medak, Yuze Xing and Jan Komin

Results of the U18 group

The U21 group was not an official European Championship, it was created by me as a side event to make sure also the senior youth players could have a tournament. And with the President, Martin Stiassny, of the EGF I agreed that for this group the winner would get a wildcard for the European Championship 2024 in Toulouse.

In this group the fighting was the hardest and the the top three was created by Benoit Robichon, Arved Pittner and Denis Dobranis who beat each other and so the decision was as narrow as it could possibly be.

U21 top 3 - Arved Pittner, Benoit Robichon and Denis Dobranis

Benoit Robichon 3d from France was the lucky one to win this group and the wildcard for the European Championship 2024 in Toulouse. Second place went to Arved Pittner 5d from Germany followed by Denis Dobranis 5d from Romania in third place.

Results of the U21 group

Impressions of the tournament

Teaching game

Mrs. Lan Zou giving prizes to players with 5 and 6 points not in the top 3

Parents taking some pictures at the start of the round


This Tournament was sponsored by:

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EYGC 2024 in Hamburg

This article was written by Antonius Claasen

Born 31th of January 1962, in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands
started playing go 1979
Promotion to 1 Dan in 1981, after the Go Congress in Linz.
Promotion to 4 Dan in 1985 After the Go Congress in Terschelling.
Eurpean Champion 13X13 in 1984
European Team Champion in 1985, together with Frank Janssen and Joost Cremers.
I have 5 children and live at the moment in Hamburg Germany.

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