U20 Eastern Youth Open

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What is the U20 Eastern Youth Open?

The U20 Eastern Youth Open is a youth tournament held by New York Go Association for all young players who are under 20 years old with over $1,500 prize pool.
After Google AlphaGo appeared in 2016, Go became more and more popular in the Western countries. More people started to understand Go and like this intellectual mind-sport. After 3-year promoting Go by the New York Go Association, Go already is popular in many elementary schools, and other eastern US cities. It is the time to provide an opportunity for young players to compete in a high standard face-to-face tournament. This is also the original intention for New York Go Association to hold this competition. The New York Go Association intends to host this competition annually and makes this event the largest youth Go tournament in the East.

All of the participants must be under 20 years old by the date of the tournament. The rank requirement to entry is 10 kyu or higher. All players must be a current AGA or CGA member. Players whose AGA ranks are out of date, but have a KGS rank with at least 10 most recent games at rank of 10 kyu or higher may enter. Pre-registration is required.
Cash prizes and plaques are awarded in all divisions. In order to be eligible for a prize, all players must compete for all rounds.

Tournament Rules:

  • Rule Set: AGA, Swiss-style, 19 x 19 board

  • Time Limit: 30 minutes main time and 5 periods of 20 second Byo-yomi

  • Handicaps: there will be no handicap in the open division, in other divisions, the handicap will be the difference in the two players’ ranks minus one. The maximum handicap is 6 stones.

  • Brackets: all brackets will be divided by ranks but depends on the range of participants

  • If a player does not show up within 15 minutes of the start of the round, the player forfeits the game.

Tournament Schedule

  • Announcement: 9:30 AM

  • Round 1: 9:45-11:00 AM 

  • Round 2: 11:00-12:15PM 

  • Lunch Break: 12:15-1:00 PM

  • Round 3: 1:00-2:15 PM

  • Round 4: 2:15-3:30 PM

  • Award Ceremony: 4:00 PM 

Additional: Matches will begin promptly. You will forfeit your match if you are more than 15 minutes late. Winners will be determined by best records at the end of the event. Tiebreakers will be determined by Sum of Opponent’s Scores (SOS) and further by Sum of Defeated Opponent’s Scores (SODOS).  

Please contact 
tournaments@ny-go.org for questions.

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