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Pre-annoucement for applications: The 13th World Students GO OZA Championship 2015 (23rd-27th Febr)

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][1] (25th/26th Oct), first time organized the [1st World Student Pair Go Championship][2] 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.


If you have any questions, please e-mail to the following email addresses:

– igoworldasia@gmail.com ( Asia )
– igoworldeu@gmail.com ( Europe )
– igoworldusa@gmail.com ( North, Central & South America )
– igoworldau@gmail.com ( Oceania & Africa )

(Source: 10/2014 – [Nikkei GO Net][5])

[1]: https://mysanrensei.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/japan-25th-intern-amateur-pair-go-championship-starts-on-25th-oct/
[2]: https://mysanrensei.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/korea-wins-1st-world-students-pair-go-championship-2014-26th-oct/
[3]: http://igooza.nikkei.co.jp/students/13th/index-we.htm
[4]: https://sec.pandanet.co.jp/event/igooza_nikkei/13th_student_ws/form.htm
[5]: http://igooza.nikkei.co.jp/students/13th/index-we.htm


About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…


2 thoughts on “Pre-annoucement for applications: The 13th World Students GO OZA Championship 2015 (23rd-27th Febr)

  1. AGA (American GO Association) just opened the registration fur US students…


    Registration Open for World Students Go Oza Championship

    (10-22-2014) University and college students under the age of 30 are invited to compete in the preliminary for the next World Students Go Oza Championship. The 13th World Students Go Oza Championship will be held February 23-27, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, where 16 students from around the world will compete to decide the world’s number one student player. To select the 16 students, an online preliminary round will be held on Pandanet. Click here for the [entry form][1]. The application deadline is Nov 16. Note: students living in China, Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei cannot participate in the online preliminary round.

    *photo from 2014 World Students Go Oza Championship by Nikkei Asia Review*

    (Source: 10/2014 – [AGA – USGO.org][2])

    [1]: https://sec.pandanet.co.jp/event/igooza_nikkei/13th_student_ws/form.htm
    [2]: http://www.usgo.org/news/?s=world%20student

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by LinuxGooo | October 31, 2014, 2:48 pm
  2. The winner of 2014…


    Wang Chen Wins 2014 World Students Go Oza

    (Monday, 14th April 2014) – Wang Chen, one of the ‘Four Heavenly Kings’ who rule China’s amateur rating list, won the 12th World Students Go Oza Championship, held in late February in Toyko.

    Wang (right) defeated Ken (Kai Kun) Xie of New Zealand, Japan’s Yamikumo Tsubasa, Go Risa, also from Japan, and Chung Chen-En of Taiwan. Yamikumo, Go, and Chung did not lose to anyone else, so they finished as part of the four-way tie for runner-up. Tie-breaking points put Yamikumo second, Chung third, and Go fourth. Taiwan’s Hu Shih-Yun also lost only one game and came in fifth. The opponent she lost to was the USA’s Maojie Xia, who had played the two Japanese and finished a highly commendable sixth.

    Viktor Ivanov (Russia, 9th place) and Kwan King-Man (Hong Kong, 10th place) matched Maojie Xia by winning two games apiece, and although Yanqi Zhang (France, 12th place) won only once, the opponent she beat was Zhou Shiying, the Chinese female player. At both the reception and the awards ceremony, officials in the All Japan Students Go Association, which handled all the organizational work (drinking party included), remarked on the rising level of play in countries outside the Far East.
    – based on a [more extensive report on the IGF news feed][1], which includes complete results and clickable game records.

    (Source: 04/2014 – [AGA – USGO.org][2])

    [1]: http://intergofed.org/13-igf-news-feed/263-wang-chen-wins-2014-world-students-go-oza.html
    [2]: http://www.usgo.org/news/?s=world%20student

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by LinuxGooo | October 31, 2014, 2:50 pm

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