Monthly Archives: July 2017

A word with Sascha Germer 17k

By |2017-08-01T13:09:35+02:00July 31st, 2017|

With the second week on its way and regular congress proceedings starting back up, we take some time to talk to Sascha Germer. He's 31 years old from Berlin, Germany, and majored in Japanese Studies. He uses a wheelchair to get around and will soon start working at a centre for the severely handicapped. He [...]

BREAKING: Ilya Shikshin is new European Champ!

By |2017-07-30T21:34:50+02:00July 30th, 2017|

Correction: In a previous version of this article, Ilya Shikshin's win in St. Petersburg was not mentioned. After a long fought battle with advantages changing sides multiple times, Ilya Shikshin 1p managed to win the finale against Mateusz Surma 1p. The game was decided by resignation after both players had been deep into Byo Yomi [...]

End of First Week Summary

By |2017-08-04T16:08:39+02:00July 30th, 2017|

It's the end of week 1 and we look back on a great start to the Go Congress. Too many things to list at the moment, so let's focus on the important topics. The European Championship finished up the semi-finals on Saturday with Mateusz Surma 1p from Poland and Ilya Shikshin 1p from Russia emerging [...]

Somber Travels, Physical Exercise and Russian Silliness

By |2017-07-27T18:47:46+02:00July 27th, 2017|

As always during a congress, Wednesday is an off-day for most tournaments. This leaves time for all manner of different activities: those looking for a more somber and thoughtful experience went to the historical city of Weimar for a city tour and followed it with a visit to former concentration camp, now museum, KZ Buchenwald. [...]

Twist & Shout with Relay Go

By |2017-07-25T19:40:21+02:00July 25th, 2017|

EGC Oberhof is well on its way with numerous side events going on at the same time. The biggest one thus far easily was the Relay Go Tournament, organised by our guests from China, the International Team-Relay-Go Committee. This tournament was special not only in its rules, but also in its conduct. You could hear [...]

“Invisible. The Games of AlphaGo” on sale at EGC for a special price

By |2017-07-24T21:20:20+02:00July 24th, 2017|

The first ever English language analysis on AlphaGo is now available from Hebsacker Verlag: "Invisible. The Games of AlphaGo". Antti Törmänen 1p has compiled all 78 games played by the strongest Go playing AI AlphaGo to date, with commentary by various professionals on 73 of them. The book consists of 283 pages, including a foreword [...]

We have a Twitter account now!

By |2017-07-23T16:11:12+02:00July 23rd, 2017|

If you want new impressions from EGC as it happens and breaking news as soon as possible, you can now follow the congress on Twitter @EGC_2017. Or you can tweet your own impressions with the hashtag #egc2017! Our official account is managed by the lovely Yvonne Limbach. When she comes around, please give her a big smile! :-) [...]

Opening Ceremony and Russia wins Euro Team Championship

By |2017-07-24T11:54:13+02:00July 23rd, 2017|

Correction: In a previous version of this article Hungary was missing from the participants of the European Team Championship. This has been corrected. Apologies! The Omikron European Go Congress 2017 has finally begun! Hundreds of people from all over the world had been pouring in to the Treff Hotel Panorama in Oberhof on Saturday, busy [...]

Pairings for European Open Tournament aka “Main” + Wall List

By |2017-07-31T15:42:05+02:00July 23rd, 2017|

Here are the Pairings for Round 1 of the Main Tournament: Click! And here is the Wall list for all the registered players for the first week: Click! Please watch this space for new posts every day. We will be posting the pairings for every round of the Main Tournament here!