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 victorious. and Viktor Lin 6d from Austria and Artem Kachanovskyi 1p from Ukraine lost, but they will play against each other today for the third place, while Mateusz and Ilya are playing for the Championship right now!

Meanwhile, the European Open was well underway: leading player and current favourite is Zhang Tao 5p from China, a privilege for Europe – to be able to play such strong players in a competitive setting is very rare and welcome!

Here is a high resolution version of the group picture that you can download.