SEYGO Tour 2019 - Stage 1: Vatra Dornei, Romania
By Catalin Taranu | Tournament | 17.07.2019 14:14| Views: 1540
SEYGO Tour 2019 - Stage 1: Vatra Dornei, Romania
The first stage of the first year of SEYGO Tour took place in Vatra Dornei, Romania. It had the special significance of being the foundation stone of the project. 

It was very helpful to have SEYGO as a part of the bigger and already popular Winter Go Festival. In the past years, the first three days of the festival hosted an important Romanian National youth competition called FRGO Juniors. It is why it was natural to preserve the old format and just switch the former youth event with the International SEYGO. 

It felt like fitting the right piece into a puzzle, because our festival became even more international than before, the strength of the festival allowed for decent prizes, the flexibility of the new SEYGO playing system was proved when our Chinese youth guests could play in SEYGO without affecting the overall tour results, meant for European players only. 

The results of the Open Tournament have been published in the European Go Database:

SEYGO Tour - Stage 1, Vatra Dornei in EGD

The results of the Knock-Out phases for U20, U16, U12 sections with games in sgf are available as well:

Traditionally the festival had already a solid youth base from Romania but with the increase provided by our friends from Croatia, Ukraine and very special guests from China, the number of players went up to as much as 120 people. 

SEYGO Dragon with children
SEYGO Dragon (left), players with diplomas

A drawback of having the event organized in a beautiful but remote location like Vatra Dornei is the long trip to reach the place. Having a lot of side events and additional tournaments like VaDo Cup to participate in made this trip worth the effort. The timing of the visit of a large group of players from China could not be better, a Romanian vs. China as well as an EGF Academy vs. China match were organized, adding extra flavor. 

After finishing their SEYGO matches youth had one day to rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Vatra Dornei or join the trip to visit famous monasteries from Bucovina area. The last part of the festival hosted the traditional VaDo Cup event that reached its 3rd edition. Most of the youth that came for SEYGO played in the Vado Cup as well. 

Our weather satellite didn't obey the commands this year and the usual carpet of snow was missing from the town, but the skyslope only 50 m away from Calimani Hotel told a different story. Lots of participants managed to escape the crowded Go schedule and enjoy the large variety of winter sports available. 

The best part of it all was to see youth crossing language barriers in their eagerness to make friends from all around the world. If we are to measure the success of the event in friendship, then it truly was an exceptional accomplishment.

Finally, there is a nice video produced by Natasa Bosnjak:
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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