SEYGO Tour 2020 - Stage 1: Grenoble, France
By Dominique Cornuejols | Tournament | 25.06.2020 17:27| Views: 1092
SEYGO Tour 2020 - Stage 1: Grenoble, France
The first stage of the SEYGO Tour 2020 took place in Grenoble on 1st and 2nd February, as part of the TIGGRE - Ellie Cup tournament. This new tournament on the European scene is growing year after year, and for its third edition gathered together 157 players. TIGGRE stands for Tournoi International de Go de GREnoble: its international status was highlighted this year by participants coming from16 different countries, attracting even American players!

We were also very happy to welcome a Chinese delegation, with several children from the Ge Yuhong Academy.

An important feature of the TIGGRE - Ellie Cup is its focus on youth. The Grenoble go club is particularly active in developing go in schools. Its youth go school is also recognised, thanks to the great go teacher In-seong Hwang and some famous pupils, like Ariane Ougier, who became European female champion last September at the age of 20.

We should also emphasize the role of In-seong as a strong support for the most promising young European players: three years ago he created the Ellie Cup, top group of the TIGGRE, and is still sponsoring it, thus encouraging the youth to practice go in prestigious tournaments, to improve their skills and to reinforce their passion of the game in order to reach the highest levels.

This context was just excellent to welcome the first stage of the SEYGO Tour 2020. Twenty young players took part in the knock-out competition: 4 in the U20 section, 12 in the U16 and 4 in the U12. They were all French, apart from Egor Arsentyev and his brother Grigory. In addition, a beginners' tournament, named TIGGROU (little tiger), gathered 28 kids from the Grenoble schools. In total, about 60 players under 20 participated in one of the competitions offered to them. One can note that some strong players (Vlacheslav Kaymin, Anton Chernykh, Oscar Vazquez, Guillaume Ougier, Samuel Teissier) preferred to play the Ellie Cup instead of the SEYGO, willing to meet the strongest possible opponents.

In the U20 section, Linh Vu Tu (who is actually still under 16) won his two games. Egor Arsentyev arrived 2nd, in front of Nicolas Robichon and Pablo Dentant.

In the U16 section, Lubin Wilhelm was the winner, devancing Benoit Robichon, Gaultier Bernard and Colin Bourdeau.

The U12 section has seen the victory of Grigory Arsentyev, followed by Léopold Maldamé, Eli Courteille and Léonard Paret.

A total of 1500 € in the form of vouchers was distributed to the 4 best placed players in each category (200-150-75-75). SEYGO Vouchers are multi-purpose and can be used to cover costs of accommodation and meals in future SEYGO events or EYGC, or to cover fees for EGF Academy, as described in the SEYGO Project webpage.

All results (integrated into the TIGGRE - Ellie Cup open tournament) are stored in the European Go Database:
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The following map shows the venues of SEYGO Tour events in 2022. The journey shall start in Vienna as a live tournament the go-club Go7 on January 2-3, 2023, continue in Vatra Dornei Winter Go Festival between February 20-24, 2023. The next venue is Markkleeberg, Leipzig in Germany, connected with 65th European Go Congress, July 20-21, 2023. Please, be aware that the participation fee for SEYGO event at the EGC is not included in the Congress Registration Fee! Finally, we know that the Summer SEYGO tournament in Zaostrog, Croatia will be held August 19-26, 2023. For the event(s) in the autumn 2023 we are waiting for the organizers.

SEYGO Tour roadmap 2023

The SEYGO Tour in 2023 will consist of live tournaments only.
28th European Youth go championships, which will be played live in March 2023, will be counted toward SEYGO Tour 2023 Grand Prix.
The following table shows known dates and places for live SEYGO Tour events in 2023, with links to event organizers:

Date Event - Place (Country) Webpage
January 2-3, 2023 Stage 1 - Vienna Go7 Registration Form, Info (pdf)
February 20-24, 2023 Stage 2 - Vatra Dornei (Romania) SEYGO Registration Form
March 22-25, 2023 EYGC - Ankara (Turkey)
July 21-22, 2023 Stage 3 - Leipzig (Germany) EGC 2023,  Registration Form
Aug 19 - 26, 2023 Stage 4 - Zaostrog (Croatia) 5th Summer Go FestivalRegistration Form