The Seattle Go Center has announced the “Seattle Top Go Player’s Tournament”, which will start on Sunday, Feb. 3.
This is a round robin tournament for players 4 dan and stronger, which will meet on the same days as our Monthly Ratings Tournament. All games will start with an empty board — we will use komi and reverse komi to adjust for differences in strength. There are three cash prizes and a trophy. The fee is $50 for the tournament, which will probably take 3 Sundays to finish. Players who are not voting members of the Go Center will also need to pay an additional $3.50 a visit. Tournament Director will be Sung-Chul Cho (Sonny Cho).
This kind of tournament is very popular in Korea, and the Korean name for our tournament is 시애틀 바둑 최강자전 . This tournament is not AGA – rated, so players do not have to be AGA members. However, if two AGA members play each other, they can submit the game to the AGA as a self-paired game, if they want.