Swiss pairings over 5 rounds with 15-minute time control. AGA rules apply with Komi of 5.5. In the event of more than one player having a perfect score after 5 rounds, a playoff will be held to determine the winner. Please sign-up for a username at http://online-go.com/ before registering here, and provide your username when registering here.
The event will be played in OGS group “Mind Sports Olympiad” and not using theOGS tournament system. Pairings will be posted elsewhere on commencement of the event.”
The origins of the game are obscure, but Go players frequently refer to their game being 4,000 years old. The game was invented in china, but its spiritual home has long been Japan, where it supports a corps of professional players, teacher and commentators. It is also extremely popular in Korea. The game starts with an empty board and each player in turn places stone on a vacant point with the object of enclosing territory (Unoccupied points). A secondary aim is to surround and capture the opponent’s stones. The game looks deceptively simple but is as profound as any game ever invented – one slip can result in irretrievable collapse. Expert play, to the tutored eye, has an elegance rarely found in other games.