European Grand Prix

In 2014 we started according to the EGF-CEGO contract with just 5 Bonus Point Tournaments. Now, we have developed this concept in the direction of the European Grand Prix, very similar to series we had in European Go in previous years.

The European Grand Prix is a series of tournaments from 1st January until 31st December each year. The idea of the Grand Prix is to have a system honouring / measuring the performance of active Go players. The EGF will use the results of the Grand Prix as the main guideline whenever the EGF has the right to nominate players for international events in Far East. The result of the European Championship is automatically included in the Grand Prix.

There are 4 different types of tournaments in a Grand Prix Series where points can be won:

  • Grand Slam Tournaments
  • Bonus Point Tournaments Level A
  • Bonus Point Tournaments Level B
  • Bonus Point Tournaments Level C

2017:

Bonus B: Amsterdam, International Go Tournament, 25th – 28th May 2017
Grand Slam: Berlin, 28th April  - 1st May 2017

2016:

Level C: Brno, 2nd - 4th September 2016
Level A: Saint Petersburg, European Championship, 22nd July - 6th August 2016
Level C: Vienna,  28th - 29th May 2016
Level B: Amsterdam, Amsterdam International Go Tournament, 5th - 8th May 2016
Grand Slam: Berlin, 28th April  - 1st May 2016

2015:

Level C: Brno: Moravian Open Brno 2015, 4 - 6th September 2015
Level A: Liberec, European Championship, 26th July - 2nd August 2015
Level C: Vienna, 6th June - 7th June 2015
Level B: Amsterdam, 14th May - 17th May 2015
Level C: Prague, 2nd May - 3rd May 2015
Grand Slam: Berlin, 3rd April - 6th April 2015
Grand Slam Qualification in Strasbourg, 21st March - 22nd March 2015

Applying for participating in Grand Prix:

Tournament organisers can apply for being part of the Grand Prix with their tournament. There are some conditions to fulfill by the tournament organisers, for example a management fee, broadcasting the games, tournament announcement in time, web page, fixing tournament rules, and so on. For details look on the attached chart

Role of the EGF

The EGF will support the tournaments of the Grand Prix on several levels. Professional players should always be a part of the event. If required the EGF can send a referee, help in finding a professional, publish the tournament in different media, take responsability for broadcasting if necessary, look for sponsors, and so on.

Grand Slam

The Grand Slam tournaments are the newest developments in the European Go scene. Grand Slam tournaments are basically designed like tournaments for professionals in the Far East. The first European Grand Slam tournament was played in Berlin at Easter 2015. 

12 of the strongest European players will compete in this tournament! Whilst the new EGF Professionals (4 in 2015, 5 in 2016) are already qualified for round 2, an additional 8 European top players (amateurs and pros) will fill up the field of 12 participants.
Here's the overview how the additional 8 players can qualify for the 1st European Go Grand Slam Tournament in Berlin:

  • 2 spots through qualification just before the Grand Slam
  • 2 spots for highest bonus points
  • 2 spots for highest EGD (maximum value of the last 3 months) + bonus points
  • 2 wild cards (wild cards are decided by EGF and CEGO)
A Grand Slam tournament is by definition an EGF tournament. The Grand Slam tournament in Berlin will be sponsored by CEGO. In the cooperation contract EGF-CEGO it is fixed that CEGO will sponsor one Grand Slam tournament yearly in Europe until 2022. The concept of Grand Slam tournaments is designed to allow up to 4 Grand Slam tournaments within one year (similar to tennis). It is the goal of the EGF to find more sponsors for more Grand Slam tournaments. 
 
A Grand Slam tournament will have guaranteed prize money for all players from round 2 on. The mode of the Berlin Tournament at Easter 2015 will be:
1. Round (Friday) qualification round: 8 players - 4 games - knock-out-system
2. Round (Saturday) quarter-finals: 8 players (4 winners from Friday and 4 EGF-Pros) - 4 games
3. Round (Sunday) semi-finals: 4 players (winners from Saturday) and 4 players for 5th to 8th place - 4 games in all
4. Round (Monday) finals: 4 players - 2 games (for championship and 3rd place) and 4 players - 2 games (for 5th and 7th place) - 4 games in all
 
Prize money: 
  • 8th place: € 600
  • 7th place: € 700
  • 6th place: € 800
  • 5th place: € 900
  • 4th place: € 1.250
  • 3rd place: € 2.500
  • Runner-up: € 5.000
  • Champion: € 10.000

Grand Slam tournaments must be played with Chinese rules. The EGF guarantees broadcasting on the web, referees and professional commentary. Grand Slam tournaments should be social events for many players. Therefore an accompanying tournament is absolutely necessary. To participate in a Grand Slam tournament it is prerequisite to be passport-holder of an EGF-member-country. This citizenship must exist at least for 10 years.

Some highlights on the Grand Slam Tournament in Berlin:
  • prize money for top 8, all over sum more than 20.000 Euro
  • 12 players
  • only one game per day
  • Friday to Monday in the Chinese Culture Center in Berlin
  • Supported by the Chinese Embassy; Chinese TV will be there
  • Playing with Chinese rules
  • 8 players play knockout on Friday - only 4 will go to second round
  • 4 new "EGF pros" are qualified for round 2
  • 2 new "EGF pros" will qualify in March 2015 in a tournament in Pisa, so all over 4 "EGF pros" will play in Berlin
  • There is s big "side-tournament" - the 6th China-Cup - starting on Saturday.
  • This Grand Slam Tournament in Berlin will be the first tournament in Europe "defined" as a pro tournament.

Bonus Point Tournaments

The Bonus Point tournaments are a series of tournaments where strong amateurs and professionals with a European passport can win points to qualify for the Grand Slam tournaments! We plan to have in a Grand Prix Year up to 8 Bonus  C tournaments, 4 to 6 Bonus B, 2 to 3 Bonus A and finally up to 4 Grand Slam tournaments each year. The European Go Congress qualifies as a Bonus A tournament. The bonus points are also used to nominate European players for big international events.

Points are distributed like this:

 Point System 2016 and on   1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Grand Slam Tournament GST 32 24 16 11 7 5 3 2
Level A Bonus Point Tournament BPT-A 18 13 9 6 4 2 1  
Level B Bonus Point Tournament BPT-B 12 9 6 4 2 1    
Level C Bonus Point Tournament BPT-C 8 6 4 2 1      
 
 Point System till 2015   1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Grand Slam Tournament GST 100 40 20 12 8 6 4 2
Level A Bonus Point Tournament BPT-A 30 12 7 5 3 2 1  
Level B Bonus Point Tournament BPT-B 12 5 3 2 1      
Level C Bonus Point Tournament BPT-C 5 2 1          


Bonus Point Standings

  2016
Name Berlin Amsterdam Vienna St.Petersburg Brno Total
Type Grand Slam B C A C  
Ilya Shikshin 2     18   20
Mateusz Surma 11     6   17
Ali Jabarin 32     13   45
Pavol Lisy 16   8 2   26
Cristian Pop       2 8 10
Csaba Mero   2       2
Tanguy Le Calvé   6       6
Artem Kachanovskyy 24     2   26
Alexander Dinerchtein 7         7
Andrii Kravets         4 4
Viktor Lin     6   6 12
Thomas Debarre   12       12
Lukas Podpera       9   9
Catalin Taranu 5         5
Dusan Mitic 3       2 5
Dominik Bővíz   9       9
Stanislaw Frejlak   4 2     6
Antoine Fenech   1       1
Pal Palogh     4   1 5
Lothar Spiegel     1     1
Grigorij Fionin       2   2

  2015
Name Strasbourg Berlin Prag Amsterdam Vienna Liberec Brno Total
Type  GS Quali Grand Slam C B C A C  
Ilya Shikshin   100       12   112
Mateusz Surma   40       3   43
Ali Jabarin   20       30   50
Pavol Lisy   8 5   5 3   21
Cristian Pop   12           12
Csaba Mero       12     5 17
Tanguy Le Calvé       5 2     7
Artem Kachanovskyy   6       3   9
Alexander Dinerchtein   4       3   7
Alexander Eerbeek       3       3
Andrii Kravets   2           2
Jan Hora     2         2
Lukas Krämer       2       2
Martin Jurek     1         1
Peter Brouwer       1       1
Viktor Lin         1     1
Thomas Debarre           7   7
Lukas Podpera             2 2
Ondrej Silt             1 1
Benjamin Dréan-Guénaïzia  2             2

  2014
Name Strasbourg Amsterdam Vienna Sibiu London Total
Type B B B A B  
Ali Jabarin   12 12 7   31
Alexander Dinerchtein       30   30
Mateusz Surma 3   3   12 18
Fredrik Blomback 12         12
Ilya Shikshin       12   12
Pavol Lisy   5   5   10
Cristian Pop   3 5     8
Csaba Mero 3 2   2   7
Benjamin Teuber         5 5
Artem Kachanovskyy       3   3
Jan Hora 3         3
Jan Simara 3         3
Mikko Siukola         3 3
Matthew Cocke         2 2
Andrii Kravets     2     2
Dusan Mitic     1     1
Lukas Podpera       1   1
Vladimir Danek         1 1
Thomas Debarre   1       1

Tournament organizers who want to participate in this Grand Prix can apply with their tournament to the management board of the EGF. There is a management fee which has to be paid to the EGF for hosting a Bonus Point tournament: €400 for Bonus C, € 1000 for Bonus B, € 3000 for Bonus Point A. More details in this excel sheet.

Project leaders: Martin Stiassny (President of the European Go Federation) and Li Ting (Vice President, Referee)