Tournament information

Gothenburg Open is a yearly tournament which has been held since the 1980s. We welcome everyone, no matter if this is your first tournament or if you are a very experienced player. We usually have participants from 10 different countries, many who take the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. If you are visiting for the first time, do check out this page for suggestions on how to experience our city. A warm welcome to all!

Getting here

Gothenburg is easy to reach by e.g. train or airplane. If you arrive by air to Landvetter Airport (GOT), then you can often get a fairly cheap (ca 10 EUR) ride to the city with the airport coaches (make sure to check they are still going if you arrive very late). You can check the bus timetable and buy tickets here online. Taxi is also an option (ca 50 EUR).

Venue

The tournament will, as usual, be played at the chess club at Vegagatan 20 in Gothenburg. There will be coffee, tea available for free during the tourament. Fruit and snacks are possible to buy for a small fee.

Accomodation

There are many hotels and hostels near the venue (see for example hotels.com). It is also possible to sleep at the venue, free of charge. We can provide a mattress and a place on the floor. If you want to do this, please tick this box when you register and remember to bring your own sleeping bag or equivalent. There are bathrooms with showers available.

Tournament Teacher: Hwang In-Seong 8 dan

We are very pleased to welcome back Hwang In-Seong 8 dan as tournament teacher. He is a well known top player and go teacher, with many years of teaching experience in Europe. In-Seong will give a lecture on Friday evening, and free game-reviews to anyone participating in the tournament during the weekend. Last time he visited Gothenburg Open was in 2018, and we are sure that this year's visit will offer the same great advice to all players on how to improve your go skills. If you want to continue learning from In-Seong, and others, be sure to check out the Yunguseng Dojang, an online go-school founded by In-Seong where he gives online lessons and reviews together with other teachers.

Schedule

Friday, November 25:
18:30 Registration
20:00 Evening lecture by Hwang In-Seong 8d

Saturday, November 26:
08:45-09:45 Registration
09:50 Opening ceremony
10:00 Round 1
LUNCH
14:00 Round 2
17:00 Round 3

Sunday, November 27:
09:30 Round 4
LUNCH
12:45 Lecture by Hwang In-Seong 8d
13:30 Round 5
16:30 or when round 5 is finished: Prize giving and closing ceremony

Rules

Five round McMahon tournament.
Main thinking time 60 minutes per player with 3x30 seconds byo-yomi.
Territory scoring with 6.5 points komi for white.
Only even games. However, if there is a big gap to the weakest double-digit kyu players they may some handicap to avoid completely one-sided games against much stronger opponents.
It is allowed to skip one or more rounds if communicating this in advance to the organizers.
Ties in score within the top group after round 5 will be resolved by SOS.
Results will be reported to the European Go Database.

Registration fee

You can pay either via Swish, Card, Paypal, or Cash - please see the link in the email you get after registering.
The cost varies:
- The normal registration fee is 300 SEK (about 30 EUR).
- Players rated 10 kyu or weaker pay only 200 SEK (20 EUR).
- If this is your first live tournament, you play for only 50 SEK (5 EUR)
Note: The Gothenburg Go club is a non-profit organization. None of the organizers are getting paid, and any potential surplus from this tournament will be used - in full - in the organizing of the next year's Gothenburg Open.

Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 best players.
There are also other prizes to some other players who are doing well.

Regulations for fair play

The Gothenburg Open is meant to be a fair tournament, supporting equal opportunities for all players. Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to use Go software, such as pattern databases or AI engines, or to gain assistance in any form from other players. Any case of suspected breaking of these rules will be taken seriously. If a player would be found using AI or getting help from other players in their games, they will be disqualified from the tournament and potentially also banned from participating in future tournaments.

Contact

If you have any questions or need to reach the tournament organizers, send an email to: gbg.goklubb[at]gmail.com.