One of the highlights of each European Go Congress is Pair Go. It has become more and more popular over the years.
Pair Go is really special among Go tournaments because professionals from all over the world can play with/against amateur players in an easy way.
The tournament is open to mixed-sex pairs, with a limited average rank of about 5.5 amateur dan per player. For each player his/her actual EGD-rating is used for "calculating" the strength of the pair by building the EGD rating sum. The EGD rating sum cannot exceed 5150 ! All players (amateurs and professionals), not registered in the EGD (European Go Database), will get an appropriate start rating.
All pairs will be ordered by their EGD-rating sum. Starting from the top each of the 16 pairs play in a separate tournament-group (A, B, C, D, ..) up to 6 games. The weakest group might have not have exactly 16 pairs. Each pair will play 3 games on Thursday in the preliminary rounds. The top 8 pairs of each tournament-group will play 3 final rounds on Friday in single knockout.
Japanese pair-go rules, all games even (6.5 komi), except in the lowest group where handicap is possible...
Fischer time, 30 minutes basic time, 7 seconds per additional move. No nigiri, colours will be decided by the pairing-system.
Attention: because of the tie-break rules a pair is not automatically qualified for the final rounds on Friday after winning the first two games on Thursday. Likewise, a pair losing rounds one and two on Thursday might still qualify for the final rounds on Friday. Each pair should play round 3 on Thursday evening !
Registration / confirmation
- The registration will start at the latest on Sunday, 21st July.
- The deadline for registration will be Tuesday, 23rd July, 18:00 .
- After registering it’s necessary to confirm (by marking on the published provisional tournament-list) the participation - from 9:30 to 15:00 on Thursday, 25th July.
Thursday, 25th July
16:00 Last Confirmation Check; Opening / Announcing Tournament-Groups
19:15 2. Round
21:00 3. Round
Friday, 25th July
19:30 Finals and third place playoffs
Live-commentary of the final game (tournament group A) on Friday, 26th July, starting at 20:00
- Each player / pair has to show up at the latest at 16:00 on Thursday, 25th July, in the auditorium
- Prizes will be given only to pairs joining the prize-giving ceremony on Friday at 21:30
The tournament is sponsored by the World Pair Go Association.