2012 Toronto Open

The Toronto Go Club has had a resurgence of membership in the last year, so we're celebrating by hosting our first tournament in years. We're donating $5 of every entrance fee to The 519, which graciously hosts our semi-weekly club meetings. If you want to help advertise, print out the poster.

We have secured sponsorship from Kiseido, The Glowing Stone, and Slate and Shell (thank you!), so we're going to have great prizes for players of all strengths.

Where

Room 106, The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto, Canada.

It's in the same building as our usual club meetings, but in a room big enough for 80. If you haven't been here before, there's a map on the location page.

When

Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 9:30am until 6:30pm.

Prizes

In division A, 1st place will receive $50 plus a Club Set (value $150-200), and 2nd place will receive $50.

Players in the remaining divisions (and lower placed players in division A) will select from 45+ of prizes ranging in value between $10 and $40, including 34+ book prizes, thanks in large part to our sponsors.

Fees

 Entrant Type   On June 2nd   Pre-registration 
 Adult   $25   $20 
 Student   $20   $15 

$5 of every entrance fee is going towards a donation to the 519 community centre. All other proceeds are funding the prizes for this tournament.

Register at the tournament! If you pre-registered, you'll save $5.

Format

4 rounds McMahon pairings. For the uninitiated, this just means you'll play four games, mostly with people around your own strength. The more you win, the tougher your opponents get.

Divisions

There will be 5 divisions (A, B, C, D, E), so that players of all strengths have a chance to win. The division boundaries will be announced once registration is complete. So far, we have entrants between 25 kyu and 6 dan.

Timing

To be sure we can get all four rounds in, timing will be 30 minutes main time plus advancing Canadian byo-yomi (25 moves / 10 min., 35 moves / 10 min., 45 moves / 10 min., ...). This means that close games should last about 90 minutes.

Rules

Japanese rules.

  • Games in Division A will all be even (6.5 komi).
  • Games in Divisions B-E will have handicaps of "rank - 1" (6.5 or 0.5 komi).
The handicaps in divisions B-E give weaker players a better chance so that everyone has fun. However, "rank - 1" means that the odds still favour the stronger players. For example, if a 2 kyu player plays a 5 kyu player, there are only 2 handicap stones (instead of 3).
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Duncan Exon Smith,
May 3, 2012, 8:02 AM
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