EGF Championships and Top Events

This page contains a list of the championships and top events held in Europe, a short description of the event, the sponsor and whether the event is open for bids from EGF member countries interested in organising. The locations and dates of future events are shown where known. EGF countries should please submit bids for future events to the EGF Secretary. For purposes of European nationality, nationals of all EGF member countries are eligible. Unless rules are otherwise specified the EGF Tournament Rules will be used.

There is also a description of the systems used in Obsolete Events.

European Go Congress

The European Go Congress (EGC) moves from country to country. Usually the location is decided four years ahead. The Congress lasts for a fortnight in July and August each year. Between 300 and 700 people usually take part, depending on location and cost. There is currently no regular major sponsor. Usually Ing Go equipment is used enabling use of Ing Rules.

The main event of the EGC is the European Championship. This is contested by 24 top European players, alongside the Open event, using the European Championship System. All players are part of the European Open, which is usually played over 10 rounds, by McMahon system.

There are other events, such as the Weekend Tournament, Lightning, Pair Go and Team events, held during the fortnight and also teaching by professionals and the EGF's Annual Meeting.

Guidelines for the European Go Congress

  • The Congress lasts for 15 days from a Saturday in July to a Saturday in August. The first day is mainly the registration day.
  • For all Go tournaments, by default the EGF General Tournament Rules and the EGF Tournament System Rules apply.
  • The Congress also includes the Weekend Tournament and the Pair Go Tournament, and side events such as the following tournaments: Rengo, 13x13, 9x9, Team and Lightning with 10 minutes per player. A Congress may also include a rapid with 30 minutes per player, and Computer Go.
  • In addition the EGF may request that particular events are held during the Congress, for instance the European Team Finals.
  • The Weekend Tournament may have, and possibly should have, a supergroup. Its thinking time must be enough to count towards the EGF ratings as A-class. Only players 3 dan or weaker may miss any rounds. Handicaps, if any, may only be used below 15 kyu.
  • An appeals committee is formed and is used for all Go tournaments including side tournaments.

Pandanet Go European Team Championship

This online league started in late 2010 and replaced the single team tournament. The three online qualifying leagues are played on Pandanet and the top four teams from A League play over-the-board finals at the European Go Congress. Full Information

European Youth Go Championships

The event is split into under-20, under-16 and under-12 age categories.

The tournament is usually run as a McMahon draw (unless Swiss system or Round Robin appear to be more suitable because of a very small number of players), with a bar placed suitably to select 16 players if it is reasonably possible. Each top group is seeded by rating for the first two rounds. Players should have previously obtained a European rating in order to be included in the top group. All players must be nationals of an EGF-member country.

For determining if a player falls in a certain age category, he/she must be born on or after 1st September (August until 2015 EYGC) of the corresponding year of birth for under-12 and under-16 categories, and must be born on or after 1st January of the corresponding year of birth for under-20 category.

For under-12 and under-16 categories, there are 6 rounds of 1 hour basic time (with Ing purchase of up to three 10 minute overtime periods) and not more than 2 games per day. The tournament is played with simplified Ing Goe Rules. The results table is sorted by McMahon Score, followed by Sum Of Defeated Opponents' Scores (SODOS) and then Sum of Opponent's Scores (SOS).

Top placed players in under-12 and under-16 can qualify to play in the World Youth Goe Championships (WYGC) in the same year, usually held in August. Usually between two and four players qualify in each section. If there are more children on the same McMahon score (or points when a different system is in use) than WYGC places, the qualifiers are drawn by lottery between all players on that score; the same applies when selecting reserves. Note only one representative of each country can take part in a category at the WYGC and no player can play in the same category more than once in three years.

For under-20 category, there are six rounds (unless Round Robin system is in use) played by Japanese rules, with one hour basic time and 15 stones in 5 minutes overtime. Finally ordering is McMahon score/total points, SOS, SOSOS/SODOS, mutual game.

The under-20 winner (from 2014), or highest placed available player, qualifies for the Globus Cup World Go U-20 in Japan, with the restriction that no player can take part more than once in three years.

The EYGC is usually held between February and mid-March.

When sponsorship is available, a travel grant and/or free accommodation is provided to strong players and team leaders according to a prescribed set of rules.

Until 2009 this was sponsored by Ing Chang-Ki Weichi Educational Foundation and had under-18 and under-12 sections (and 4 and 2 players qualified respectively for the WYGC). Also previously children could be European nationals or children of a European national, or had been resident in Europe for some time.

European Youth Go Team Championship

This event started autumn 2014 and is for country or area teams, matches played on five boards on KGS.
More Information and Match Rules

European Pair Go Championship

This event for male-female pairs is supported by Japanese Pair Go Committee and Pandanet. Players score European Pair Go Points for their country towards the International Amateur Pair Go Championships usually in November in Tokyo. The EPGC event is usually held in March or April. One official pair from each country may be given an EGF subsidy, when funds permit, but other pairs are not. There are 6 rounds, with time limits of normally 45 minutes sudden death or, as in 2004, with short byoyomi (10 seconds) or overtime. Komi is 6.5 points. Pairs must be nationals of the same European country. Normally the event is run on the McMahon system, with a supergroup of all official pairs who wish to be in it and those pairs above the bar (usually set at 5 kyu). There may be a separate open Handicap Group from which qualifying points are not scored.

Games are broadcast live on Pandanet, if at all possible.

European Women's Go Championship

An occasional event for top European women players, without a regular sponsor. Recent events (until 2008) have played with Ing Rules and received support from the EGF Ing Fund. The champion is normally selected if a place at a women's world event is available and the may be used as the qualifier for events such as the SportAccord World Mind Games.

European Student Go Championship

An new event held for the first time in 2005 and held in early Autumn. Only full time students at university or college, aged below 29 years of age and 16 or over (18 until 2009) on 1st August, may play. When sponsorship is available, financial support is provided to one student from each country, or to one male and one female from each country, provided they are both above a defined rating. Up to 2008, the top 2 men and 1 woman in the event qualified for the World Student Oza in Tokyo (both men could not be from same country and nobody could go to WSO twice in three years). It will continue to be the qualifier for any World Student's event, should such occur. Events until 2008 were played with Ing Rules and received support from the EGF Ing Fund.