European Cup 2011 - 2013
The European Cup (ECup) was a system that tournaments can buy into. A tournament could buy grand prix points, at one of five levels, which were awarded to the top placed
European players at the event. The money was added to the grand prix fund. The Cup started in Summer 2011, with an extended season lasting until end 2012, and was then held in
You could add your tournament to the ECup and get the extra advertising and prestige that being in the ECup offered.
Replacing the Fujitsu Cup (last held November 2002 at EGCC), the first European Masters (EM) was held alongside the Fujitsu European Training in the EGCC. Thereafter, from
summer 2005 to 2008, it was held at the European Go Congress. 8 champions and professionals were invited to take part in 2003. A new system of qualifying was devised for 2005
(see link), the qualifying period ending 31/05/05. The result of the EM was used when selecting players for professional events such as the LG Cup and Fujitsu. If no event was
held, the results of the previous year continued to apply. Since 2009/2010 new qualifying systems/rules have been used and the Masters has not been held.
This was an occasional event held possibly every one or two years, being for national teams of 4. Each country could send more than one national team. The event had no regular
sponsor and any financial support to teams was provided by the local organisers if sponsorship allowed. Starting late in 2010 the event changed to the Pandanet Go European Team
Championship. There now are online qualifying leagues, played on Pandanet, and over-the-board finals played at the European Go Congress for the top teams.
Pandanet Go European Cup 2007-2011
From May 2007, the Go Tour and European Cup merged into the Go European Cup. Tournaments could enter at one of five levels. The bottom two were equivalent of the old European
Cup events with 25 and 50 points, the top three were the equivalent of the old Tour events, with 7 Pandanet Super Tournaments (50 points), 4 Pandanet Major Tournaments (75
points) and the Pandanet Finals (100 points). The Pandanet levels received financial support for prizes, broadcasting of games on Pandanet and so on. The lower 2 levels paid to
join the Cup. After the finals ranking prizes were awarded. From April 2011, Pandanet no longer supported the European Cup, and the continued structure of the Cup changed, as
European Go Tour 2000-2007
Each country's national event, say their biggest tournament in their capital city, could be part of the TOYOTA - IGS-PandaNet European Go Tour. In
2006-2007, there were 4 major events in it every year, finals in Paris and others in it every two years by rotation. Points were scored by players and prize money was awarded to
each event and to the highest point-getters each year (see the Tour pages for more details).
The European Cup 2004-2007
The European Cup (EC) was a system that tournaments could buy into, getting points that were awarded to players against
winning from the grand prix fund. This replaced the former system of events getting Fujitsu Finals qualifying places, following the end of the Fujitsu event in 2002. The system
was revised for the second EC starting in June 2005 and ended in 2007 when merged with the Tour to form the Pandanet Go European Cup.
Ing Chang-Ki Memorial
24 top European players took part in a 6-round Swiss. Qualification was based on a set of rules: players in the previous top 3, European
professionals and a country's placings in the EGC. The event was open to both nationals and resident orientals. The event was sponsored by the Ing Chang-Ki Weichi Educational
Foundation until 2009 and was usually held in March using Ing Rules. Every second year it was held at the EGCC in Amsterdam. Every four years the World Ing Cup takes place in the
This event took place every two years in January or February at the EGCC to select players for the Toyota-Denso World Oza. Sponsored jointly by Toyota and Denso corporations
from Japan. Up to 84 players took part made up of highly rated players, a top player from each country and other top players. The event had a qualification stage and a knockout
stage. Also there was the Family Oza, Junior and Pair Go events at the same time. It was held in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 at the EGCC in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Women's Representation in the Far East
Until 1998 there were women's championships in the far east - there is a list of countries represented.