About EYGC

The tournament is supported by European Go Federation. The event is split into under-20(U20), under-16(U16) and under-12(U12) age categories.

European Youth Go Championships is the top European youth tournament held for the first time in 1996 in Baile Felix, Romania. The results of all tournaments since then are available in the European Go Database. 

A nice overview can be found at the website of European Go Federation:


Eligibility of players

All players must be nationals of an EGF-member country. (Click here to see EGF members.)

“For determining if a player falls in a certain age category he/she must be born on or after 1st January of the corresponding year of birth for all three age categories, U20, U16 and U12.” (Ref: https://www.eurogofed.org/egf/topevents.htm)

  • Register “U12”, birth date after 01 January 2011 or later.
  • Register “U16”, birth date between 01 January 2007 and 01 January 2011.
  • Register “U20”, birth date between 01 January 2003 and 01 January 2007.

Tournament system

The tournament is played by the EGF General Tournament rules, using Territory Scoring Verbal European- Japanese Rules with 6.5 komi for even games and Japanese fill-in counting ruleset. 

  • Japanese rules
  • 6.5 komi
  • 1 hour main time + 3×30 seconds japanese byo-yomi overtime
  • McMahon pairing with OpenGotha

The tournament runs as a McMahon draw (unless Swiss system or Round Robin appear to be more suitable because of a very small number of players), with a bar placed suitably to select 16 players if it is reasonably possible. Each top group is seeded by rating for the first two rounds with “cut and slide” way of pairings. Players should have previously obtained a European rating in order to be included in the top group. The result table is sorted by McMahon score/total points, SOS, SOSOS/SODOS, mutual game.

Tournament rewards

Tournament awars will be announced later.