The Open European Championship is the largest tournament of the European Go Congress. Everybody who has registered can participate, also players from outside Europe!
Last year, more than 600 players from nearly 50 countries participated in this tournament, among them 200 Dan players and also a few professionals. The winner was Kim Youngsam, South Korea, 7 Dan.
The participants of the European Championship join this tournament latest in the second week. (All games of the European Championship besides semifinals and the final also count for the Open Championship.)
The tournament is EGF ranked and there are nice prizes to win, for the top players, but also for everybody with a at least 7 wins.
The Open European Championship is a 10 rounds McMahon tournament with only even games. Ranks are determined by MacMahon Score (without compensation for missed rounds, i.e. ScoreX), SOS, SOSOS. Detailed rules can be found at http://www.eurogofed.org/egf/tourrules.htm.
Forms and checklists are used for results, sealing, dropping and names. Sealing a move is possible between 12:00 and 14:00 (no more than one hour) according to the tournament rules. The participants can decide to drop a next round which they announce to the organizers by filling in a dropping form by 23:00 the day before the round.
A player not playing a round without proper notification can be expelled from the tournament. This ensures that all players actually have opponents.
We will play on the first floor of the Panorama Hotel; rooms will be anounced
The thinking times are the same for both players and depend on the higher ranked player as follows:
4 dan – 8 dan: 2.5 hours basic time + 3×1 minute byoyomi
3 kyu – 3 dan: 2 hours basic time + 3×40 seconds byoyomi
4 kyu or below: 1.5 hours basic time + 3×30 seconds byoyomi or Canadian byoyomi (20 stones/10 min.)