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

5:00pm to 6:30pm – Room 2280: Movie (TBA)

5:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2290: Lightning tournament

Friday 28th Sept 2018

10:00am to 1:00pm – Room 2280: Round 1, Open division

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

2:00pm to 5:00pm – Room 2280: Round 2, Open tournament

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

5:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2280: Academic/AI Symposium

5:00pm to 6:45pm – Room 2290: Pair Go/Team Go Tournament

Saturday 29th Sept 2018

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

10:00am to 1:00pm – Room 2280: Round 3, Open tournament

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

2:00pm to 6:00pm – Room 2280: Round 4, Open division

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

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

Sunday 30th Sept 2018

8:30am to noon – Room 2280: Round 5, Open tournament

9:00am to 11:30pm – Room 2290: Round 4, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

9:00am to 4:30pm – Kyu tournament

1:00pm to 4:00pm – Room 2280: Round 6, Open tournament

12:00pm to 2:30pm – Room 2290: Round 5, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

2:30pm to 5:00pm – Room 2290: Round 6, Dan, Seniors & Handicap tournaments

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

The Tournaments

Division 1 Open

This is the premier division and is for 5 dan players and stronger. The tournament runs for 3 days with 6 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 1 hour each plus 3 times 40 seconds byo yomi.

 

Division 2 Dan

This division is for players between 5 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

The total prize money across all divisions is $12,250.

Open Tournament – total prize money $6,000

1st Prize $2500; 2nd $1,500; 3rd $1,000; 4th $500; 5th $300; 6th $200

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/

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. The Open tournament… $150 – no concession rate

This is for 5 dan players and stronger – this is a rough tough event for the best of the best. The tournament runs for 3 days with 6 rounds and a maximum of 2 games per day.

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

This is for dan players not competing in the Open tournament. The tournament runs over 2 days with 5 rounds – three games on the Saturday and two on Sunday.

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 – three games on the Saturday and two on Sunday.

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 – three games on the Saturday and two on Sunday.

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 in one day.

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.