Pro player profiles

An Younggil 8P AnYounggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He qualified as a professional in 1997.  In 1998 he won the 'Prize of Victory of the Year' for winning eighteen games in a row.  In 2001 took 3rd place in the 35th Wangwi cup, and the 3rd place in the 1st Korean Rookies' Victories and achieved high placings in many other tournaments until he was conscripted for compulsory military service. An Younggil left Korea in 2008 to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now lives in Sydney, Australia, and is one of the founders of Go Game Guru.  Younggil lectures at the Sydney Go Club which are recorded and posted on Facebook.  Younggil also teaches students face to face as well as over the Internet. Younggil is also part of the steering committee for the Australian Go Congress and helps events such as the Hanho Newspaper Cup, the Korean Ambassadors Cup. Younggil also travels...
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Divisions & Prizes

Divisions There will be three divisions as follows: Division 1 This is the premier division for players 5 dan and above. All matches will be even games with 6.5 komi for white, the draw and player colours are determined by the draw. Players will have 1 hour each plus 3 x 40 seconds byo yomi. Prizes 1st - $2,000 2nd - $1,000 3rd - $650 4th - $400 5th - $300 6th - $200 Note – the highest placed Australian Go Association member in this divisions will be the 2017 AGA National Champion. Division 2 This division is for players between 1 dan and 4 dan. All matches will be even games with 6.5 komi, the draw and players colours are determined by the draw. Players will have 1 hour each plus 3 x 40 seconds byo yomi. Prizes 1st - $1,000 2nd - $750 3rd - $500 4th - $300 5th - $200 6th - $150 Division 3 This division is for kyu players. All matches will be handicap game, players get half a point each for a drawn game. Players will have 1 hour each plus...
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Accommodation

Accommodation options The Sydney Go Congress cannot offer accommodation at Sydney University because the event occurs mid-semester.  Visitors do however have a wide of accommodation to choose from including everything from budget priced backpacker and from Youth Hostel accommodation to high-class commercial hotels. The organising committee recommend you visit the NSW state Government website 'Destination NSW' where you will find a range of options.The following are examples taken from that website.  Please be aware this information is subject to change but these are a good indication of the type and cost of accommodation available. Also, there are options such as AirBnB but please make sure you are within easy travelling distance to Sydney University. Please note that prices are indications only and may be subject to change. Budget Accommodation Mid-range hotels Please note that prices are indications only and may be subject to change. Classic hotels Please note that prices are indications only and may be subject to change. Luxury hotels Please note that prices are indications only and may...
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General Travel information

When travelling around Sydney it is best to use public transport or taxis. Obviously a taxi trip will cost more than public transport but it may be easier depending on your location and destination. The N.S.W. Government have several web sites to help you use public transport – when planning a trip you can use http://www.transportnsw.info/. You can also get maps of different routes using http://www.transportnsw.info/. To use public transport in Sydney you need an Opal card.  Details of Opal cards and how to get a tourist Opal card can be found at https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal_for_visitors/.  Opal cards can be purchased from Newsagents and most Supermarkets and have a cost cap of $15 per day – this means the maximum you will pay in a day is $15 no matter how far you travel. There are taxi ranks near every major train station and large hotels in addition you can hail a taxi on the street.  Every cab has a Taxi sign on the roof...
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Sydney Harbour trip

Sydney’s harbour is one of the best in the world.  One of the best ways to explore the harbour is to use the public transport ferry system, this services all points around the harbour (and you will need an Opal Card). Take a train to Circular Quay (or taxi if you prefer) where you will be able to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and harbour. To explore the harbour take a ferry to Manly – the 30 minute trip is picturesque and once in Manly there are plenty things to do – for more details visit http://www.manlywharf.com.au/see-do/the-corso/ Alternatively you can take the ferry to Taronga Zoo where you can see many of Australia’s unique fauna – go to http://taronga.org.au/ for entry costs and other details.   ...
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Sydney Opera House & Foreshore

Opera House and foreshore The second suggestion is to check out the world famous Sydney Opera House. Take a train to Circular Quay (or taxi if you prefer) and then stroll around the foreshore at your leisure.  Check out http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/ for more information about performances and tours of the building (which are available in multiple languages). The Opera House is next to Farm Cove and Sydney’s Botanic gardens so you can take a relaxing stroll through some of the best parkland in Australia with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as the backdrop. Go to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/ for maps and details of events. ...
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Darling Harbour

If you are looking for the modern side of Sydney then a trip to the Casino in Darling Harbour is a must. From Central Railway Station take the light rail (tram) to the Casino. Whether your win, lose or just watch you can walk back through Darling Harbour to the city. There are many attractions in the area including restaurants, a museum, the Chinese Garden and much more.  Check out http://www.darlingharbour.com/ for details. If you still have the time check out Chinatown and Paddy’s markets. Details can be found at http://sydney-chinatown.info/ and http://paddysmarket.com.au/ ...
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City of Sydney

If you don’t want to stray too far from the city then you should check out Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building- catch the train to Town Hall using your trusty Opal Card and a tourist map. There are tours of Town Hall (see http://www.sydneytownhall.com.au/ for detail) and you are right next to the Queen Victoria Building – a great place to shop or for a relaxing coffee.  From Town Hall you are a short distance from Sydney Tower, Hyde Park and many of Sydney’s large department stores....
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

If you are looking for an adventure then a Harbour Bridge climb should be on your bucket list. Take a train to Circular Quay using your Opal Card (or taxi if you prefer) and you will see the Harbour Bridge. You must book in advance if you plan to climb the Bridge or you may be disappointed. Information about can be found at http://www.bridgeclimb.com/ After the climb you take investigate The Rocks, one of the oldest parts of Sydney.  There are museums, art galleries, pubs, restaurants and a whole lot more – for more details check out http://www.therocks.com/   ...
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In the Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a great place to visit with many attractions close to public transport, however to get the full experience you will need a car. You can take a bush walk through some of Australia’s world heritage National Parks, visit sights such as The Three Sisters or even venture into the Jenolan Caves “finest and oldest cave systems in the world”; for more information visit - http://www.visitbluemountains.com.au/. ...
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