This year a historic event will take place: the first official encounter between the American and the European pros! The event is called Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship.
I guess some of you are familiar with the Asian pro tournament called Nongshim Cup. I think it inspired the Transatlantic match organizers somehow, because we will have a similar tournament system. Each team has 5 players. Each round one European player plays against one American player. The winner continues playing in the next round, whilst the loser is eliminated. Once a team loses its last player, it loses the whole match as well.
Here is the list of the players:
The winning team's prize will be 10,000 euro. Each game is going to be broadcast to Twitch and the AGA YouTube channel. You can see more details at the tournament's official web page.
The order of players is not officially published yet, so the list of the players given above doesn't necessarily show the order in which players are going to enter the competition.
The first round is scheduled for 7th April, 20:00 Central European Time (14:00 US EDT). Both the European and the American player for the first round are already announced on the tournament's facebook page: Mateusz Surma 2p (Poland) and Andy Liu 1p (USA). Don't miss your chance to watch the game!