There are many reasons to love GO. One is to see many young activists behind the Goban… its joyful to feel the lively spirit and brain work in a dojo and tournament… as SanRenSei player I am curious about what the upcoming generation is playing, e.g. as we have seen with the [25th Intern. Amateur Pair GO Championship] (25th/26th Oct), first time organized the [1st World Student Pair Go Championship] as side event. Here another interesting event organized in Japan… the deadline for application will close on 16th November 2014.
The 13th World Students GO OZA Championship (2015)
Organizer: The All-Japan Students GO Association / NIHON KEIZAI SHIMBUN INC. / PANDANET INC.
Cooperation: The Nihon Ki-in / The International Go Federation
Date: 23 February – 27 February 2015
(23 February: Reception / 24 February: Rounds 1 & 2 / 25 February: Rounds 3 & 4 / 26 February: Tokyo sightseeing / 27 February: End of official schedule)
Venue: Ginza Internet Forum (Tokyo, Japan)
Championship format: Face-to-face games, Swiss system.
Number of games: 4
Number of players: 16
(Japan 2, China 2, Taiwan 2, Korea 2, other Asian countries 2, Europe 3, North, Central & South America 2, Oceania & Africa 1)
The World Students GO OZA Championship is a championship in which 16 students chosen from various countries around the world, including from Asia, compete. It was founded in 2003, and the 13th championship will be held in February 2015. Not only the players but also the organizers are students: it’s an international championship run by students for students.
This championship is held not only to decide the world’s number one student player but also to promote exchange among Go-playing students around the world. Besides the Go competition, sightseeing events are also organized for the participants.
Until the 7th championship, the players were chosen by recommendation by their national Go associations, but as of the 8th championship, preliminary championships are being held on the Internet with the cooperation of Pandanet Inc. Changing the selection method in this way means that more students can participate, so in 2013 we can expect a high-level championship with many strong players from around the world competing.
(Source: Masato Imai, Representative Manager, The All-Japan Students GO Association)
championship rules: Both Preliminary and the main championship are to use Japanese rules. The time allowance is 60 minutes, followed by 30-second byo-yomi. All games are to be played on even. In the Preliminary, the colours will be chosen by computer and by nigiri in the main championship.
Preliminary round (tournament)
Games are held in a designated game room of Pandanet on determined time and date. Qualifiers in Preliminary round can participate in main championship.
Applications : 17 September – 16 November 2014
Preliminary round : 7 December – 8 December 2014
Main championship : 23 February – 27 February 2015 ( Japan Time(GMT+9) )
Qualifications for participants
– Being an amateur player
– Being a university / college student under the age of 30. (Graduate students cannnot participate.)
– Being able to use Pandanet to participate in the preliminary round
– Being able to communicate in English by E-mail
– Being able to come to Japan to participate in the main championship
Points to note and manners
The registration is done based on the country where the player’s university exists. You are required to show your student identification when you become the representative. (Ex. If you go to a university in Japan, you will be the Japanese representative even if you have Korean nationality.)
Games to be played in the established game room of Pandanet.
Games must all be played by the player concerned in person, and no advice concerning the game should be given. If a breach of the rules is later discovered, such as a different player playing or advice being given, the game may be confiscated and, in the worst case, the player concerned may be stripped of the right to play in the championship.
In principle, games are to be played at home. The championship office at The All-Japan Students GO Association will carry out a survey of access, so please inform us if you will be playing at a go club or surrounded by a group of people.
Proper greetings should be made at the beginning and end of games. Also, slandering the opponent is expressly forbidden. If something happens, please inform the championship office.
If a bad breach of manners or a violation has been detected, disqualification is possible even after the result of the game has been confirmed.
If an objection is lodged, it will be adjudicated at a conference at the championship office in The All-Japan Students GO Association.
[ENTRY FORM HERE]
If you have any questions, please e-mail to the following email addresses:
– firstname.lastname@example.org ( Asia )
– email@example.com ( Europe )
– firstname.lastname@example.org ( North, Central & South America )
– email@example.com ( Oceania & Africa )
(Source: 10/2014 – [Nikkei GO Net])