In a nutshell

The 2018 Australian Go Congress runs from 27th Sept to 30th Sept 2018 at Sydney University, the address is:

The University of Sydney,

Building H70, Seminar Rooms 2280 & 2290 (1st floor)
The Abercrombie Business School
Abercrombie St & Codrington St, Darlington NSW 2006

 

Website: http://ausgocongress.com/

Registration: http://registration.gocongress.com.au/

Email: generalmanager@ausgocongress.com

Draft Schedule of events

Thursday 27th Sept 2018

10:00am to 12:00pm – Room 2280 & 2290: Pro simul games

2:00pm to 4:00pm – Room 2280 & 2290: Pro lectures

4:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2280: Academic/AI Symposium

5:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2290: Friendly games

Friday 28th Sept 2018

10:00am to 1:00pm – Room 2290: Pro workshops

2:00pm to 4:00pm – Room 2290: Friendly games with Pro review

5:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2280: Lightning Go tournament

5:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2290: Movie – AlphaGo

Saturday 29th Sept 2018

9:30am to 10:00am – Room 2290: Opening ceremony

10:00am to 12:30pm – Room 2290: Round 1, Div 1, Dan, Seniors and Handicap tournaments

1:00pm to 3:30pm – Room 2290: Round 2, Div 1, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

3:30pm to 6:00pm – Room 2290: Round 3, Div 1, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

Sunday 30th Sept 2018

9:30am to 12:30pm – Room 2290: Round 4, Div 1, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

9:00am to 4:30pm – Kyu tournament

1:30pm to 4:00pm – Room 2290: Round 5, Div 1, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

5:00pm to 5:30pm – Prize giving and closing ceremony

The Tournaments

Division 1 5 Dan+

This is the premier division and is for 5 dan players and stronger. The tournament runs for 3 days with 5 rounds of even games.  All matches will be even games with 6.5 komi for white, your opponent and player colours are determined by the draw. Players will have 40 minutes each plus 3 times 40 seconds byo yomi.

 

Division 2 Dan

This division is for players between 4 dan and 1 kyu – this tournament is even games. There will be 5 rounds over 2 days. All matches will be even games with 6.5 komi for white, your opponent and player colours are determined by the draw. Players will have 40 minutes each plus 3 time 40 seconds byo yomi.

 

Division 3 Seniors

This division is for people over 50 years of age between 7 dan and 1 kyu – this a handicap tournament there will be 5 rounds over 2 days. All matches will be handicap games, your opponent and player colours are determined by the draw. Drawn games score half a point for each player. Players will have 40 minutes each plus 3 time 40 seconds byo yomi.

 

Division 4 Handicap

The Handicap division is for everybody from 5 dan to 9 kyu, there will be 5 rounds over 2 days. All matches will be handicap games, your opponent and player colours are determined by the draw. Drawn games score half a point for each player. Players will have 40 minutes each plus 3 x 40 seconds byo yomi

 

Division 5 Developing players

This is an event for kyu players, especially young people and beginners. The tournament has 5 rounds in one day. All matches will be handicap games, your opponent and player colours are determined by the draw. Drawn games score half a point for each player. Players will have 20 minutes each plus 3 x 30 seconds byo yomi

 

Prize money

Division 1 – total prize money $3,100

1st Prize $1000; 2nd $800; 3rd $600; 4th $400; 5th $300; 6th $150

Dan Tournament – total prize money $2,500

1st Prize $800; 2nd $600; 3rd $400; 4th $300; 5th $250; 6th $150

Handicap Tournament – total prize money $1,650

1st Prize $500; 2nd $400; 3rd $300; 4th $200; 5th $150; 6th $100

Seniors Tournament – total prize money $1,650

1st Prize $500; 2nd $400; 3rd $300; 4th $200; 5th $150; 6th $100

Kyu Tournament – total prize money $450

1st Prize $100; 2nd $90; 3rd $80; 4th $70; 5th $60; 6th $50

Tournament Director & Tournament Referee

The Tournament Director is David Mitchell, the Tournament Referee is An Younggil 8P – all issues related to the rules and disputes are decided by Mr Mitchell & Mr An, their decision on all matters is final.

Registration & Entry Fees

All registrations and entry fees are to be made through our website:

http://registration.gocongress.com.au/

Early bird rates apply until 22nd September – so book early.

There are five main tournaments, several ‘side’ tournaments and many opportunities to learn or play with Professionals.  The fee for entering a tournament is as follows:

1. Division 1… $90 ($50 for school and uni. students)

This is for 5 dan players and stronger – this is a rough tough event for the best of the best. The tournament runs for 2 days with 5 rounds.

2. The Dan tournament… $90 ($50 for school and uni. students)

This is for players 4 dan to 1 kyu. The tournament runs over 2 days with 5 rounds.

3. The Seniors tournament… $90 – no concession rate

This is for players over 50 and between 7 dan and 1 kyu. The tournament runs over 2 days with 5 rounds.

4. The Handicap tournament… $90 ($50 for school and uni. students)

This is for players 5 dan and weaker, you will have good games against a wide range of players with reasonable time limits.  The tournament runs for 2 days with 5 rounds.

5. The Junior’s tournament…$25 – no concession rate

This is a one-day tournament for young people and players below 5 kyu, this is a great way to play and learn from an enthusiastic group of players with short time limits in one day. This tournament has 5 rounds on Sunday 30th Sept.

Accommodation

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 organizing committee recommend you visit the NSW state Government website ‘Destination NSW’ where you will find a range of options, Air B&B and other hotel and accommodation sites to find accommodation that suits your budget.