26th European Youth Go Championships

Online Go Server, 15-17 October 2021

European Go Federation organized the 26th European Youth Go Championships in age groups U12, U16 and U20. The tournament was held online because it was not possible to have the live event earlier in March 2021. The system and the schedule were almost identical to the usual format of EYGC. More than 130 players from 18 countries participated.


Sunday, 18:30 CET, Final Standings:

the champion: Vjacheslav Shpakovskij, 1d, Russia 
EYGC2021_U16, the champion: Alexandr Muromcev, 5d, Russia
EYGC2021_U20, the champion: Oscar Vazquez, 6d, Spain 

PairGo @ EYGC Side-tournaments: PairGoEYGC2021 (all results and links to games)

The list of prizes: EYGC2021_Prizes
Closing ceremony was held on Sunday, 17th October 2021 at 19:00 CET.
All participants got the certificates for participation (please check your e-mail).
All awarded participants got the certificates for achievements.

European Go Federation organized regular game commentary by European professional players on the Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/europeangofederation
The commentary starts 30 minutes after the start of each round.

Picture 1: EYGC 2021 in numbers on a map: 131 participants, 51 cities, 18 countries.

UPDATE 14th October 2021:There will be a side-event - PairGo handicap tournament for U12 and U16 players who are properly registered for EYGC 2021. Please read the announcement in the OGS group and register in the shared Google Sheet if you meet the requirements. We prepared the instructions: PairGo_GoPanda2 (pdf, 1.5 MB).

UPDATE 11th October 2021:
 The instructions how to use Skype and OGS are available: SkypeOGS_en  (pdf, 580 kB). Please read and practice with your friends! It is essential to open the shared Google Sheet and join the OGS group. Players without confirmation that they sent documents and entry fee confirmation ("Yes" in columns J and K) will not be paired in the first round.

UPDATE 10th October 2021
131 registered participant from 18 countries. Please, check the Google Sheet (link sent to registered participants by-email) for missing data, join the OGS group (https://online-go.com/group/10082) with the new account (FamilynameGivenname).

Dates of the tournament:
15th, 16th and 17th October 2021 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Registration deadline was: Friday, 1st Oct 2021, 23:59 CET (entry fee: 20 EUR)
Late registration deadline: Sunday, 10th Oct 2021, 23:59 CET (entry fee: 30 EUR)

Rules are described on the official EGF webpage: https://eurogofed.org/egf/topevents.htm#eygc
All tournament will be rated for European Go Database as A-class.

The schedule:
(all times are Central European Time, CET)

Thursday, 14th October 2021 19:00 Opening Ceremony
Friday, 15th October 2021 09:00 Round 1
15:00 Round 2
Saturday, 16th October 2021 09:00 Round 3
15:00 Round 4
Sunday, 17th October 2021 09:00 Round 5
15:00 Round 6
1 hour after the end of the last game Closing Ceremony

Entry Fee:
20 EUR per player, preferably paid to the national go association, or – if easier – directly to the European Go Federation. For registrations after 1st October 2021, the entry fee is 30 EUR.

Three best players in each age group will receive grants/vouchers with the total value of 1.390,00 EUR. Additional prizes from the sponsors: Guo Juan Go School, Yunguseng Dojang, European Go journal and AI-Sensei. More detail in the updated document: EYGC2021_Prizes (pdf, 193 kB).
The best player in U20 group will be nominated to participate in the forthcoming European Championship (to be held on OGS at the end of November 2021).
This tournament will be a prerequisite for qualifications to any World Championship during the first half of 2022. For World Championships in the second half of 2022, results from the EYGC 2022 will be taken into account.

Legal requirements:
  • Copy of the passport (only the page stating the date of birth and citizenship) or a certificate of the citizenship in an EGF-member country should be by e-mail to info@eurogofed.org
  • Player's Declaration” signed by a player or – in case of a minor – signed by a parent info@eurogofed.org. You can download the Declaration as a pdf-file (106 kB): PlayersDeclaration
The “tools”:
  • Online Go Server (a dedicated group https://online-go.com/group/10082): playing, announcements, group chat, personal messaging,
  • instructions for players (how to use OGS, how to use Google Sheet, how to use Skype) can be downloaded as a pdf-file (460 kB): EYGC_2021_Guide,
  • Google Sheet: shared document linked with list of registered participants, OGS names of the players, pairings, results, standings: the link has been sent to all registered players (check the spam folder).
Technical requirements for online play:
  • Before the tournament: players must create an account on the Online Go Server which clearly shows their real names in the format FamilynameFirstname (e.g. "MedakDamir"). Each player must play at least five public (not private) games using the new account before the start of the tournament.
  • All games are played at the scheduled time. If a player is not logged in within 10 minutes after the scheduled time, the game is forfeited. The player will be paired in consecutive rounds only if a message with the reasons for absence is sent to the organizer.
  • Games are played using a PC (no smartphones). The use of earphones or headphones is not allowed.
  • All players must be connected by a video call using Skype option "Meet Now", with Recording "On". The Skype video must be taken from a camera or a mobile phone set-up in a way that the playing screen, the head and the hands of the player are visible at all times.
  • Players are required to send a photograph of the playing environment before the tournament.
  • The sound must be “on”. The recording of the video to the Skype server must be started before the start of the game. The usage of virtual “wallpapers” is not allowed.
  • During the game, there should be no sounds coming from persons possibly entering the room where players are playing.
  • In case there is a reasonable doubt that the opponent has used outside help, the complaint should be sent to the organizers within 30 minutes after the end of the game, together with the link to the video recording on Skype server.
  • In case the cheating is detected and confirmed by the Fair-Play Committee, there will be no awards for such a player – the player will be suspended from the tournament immediately.
Picture 1: Examples of the setup of the video recording on a Skype enabled camera or smartphone
Picture 2: Examples of the setup of the video recording on a Skype enabled camera or smartphone

Registration forms and Lists of registered participants:
(please, do not use the option "Do not show my name in the list of participants)

Tournament board and referees:
  • Catalin Taranu, 5p, Romania
  • Artem Kachanovsky, 2p, Ukraine
  • Natalia Kovaleva, 5d, Russian Federation
  • Dominique Cornuejols, France
  • Gerry Gavigan, U.K.
  • Damir Medak, Croatia
Fair-play Supervisor:
  • Anti Tormanen, 1p


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