Tournament informationGothenburg Open is a yearly tournament which has been held since the 1980s. We welcome everyone, no matter if this is your first tournament or if you are a very experienced player. We usually have participants from 10 different countries, many who take the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. If you are visiting for the first time, do check out this page for suggestions on how to experience our city. A warm welcome to all!
Getting hereGothenburg is easy to reach by e.g. train or airplane. If you arrive by air to Landvetter Airport (GOT), then you can often get a fairly cheap (ca 10 EUR) ride to the city with the airport coaches (make sure to check they are still going if you arrive very late). You can check the bus timetable and buy tickets here online. Taxi is also an option (ca 50 EUR).
VenueThe tournament will, as usual, be played at the chess club at Vegagatan 20 in Gothenburg. There will be coffee, tea available for free during the tourament. Fruit and snacks are possible to buy for a small fee.
AccomodationThere are many hotels and hostels near the venue (see for example hotels.com). It is also possible to sleep at the venue for 100 SEK (10 EUR) per night. We can provide a mattress and a place on the floor. If you want to do this, please tick this box when you register and remember to bring your own sleeping bag or equivalent. There are bathrooms and one shower available to share.
Tournament Teacher: Mateusz Surma 3pWe are very pleased to welcome Mateusz Surma 3 dan pro as tournament teacher. Mateusz has been amongst the top European players for many years. In June 2023 he won the European Professional Championship, and in October he won the Grand Slam tournament, beating the Swedish top player Fredrik Blomback 7D in the final. Mateusz is also dedicated to spreading go; he has written a number of go books and is behind the site polgote.com which aims to simplify finding go lessons online. During the tournament, Mateusz will be ready to review your game and help you improve!
ScheduleFriday, November 24: 18-20 Come and play simultaneous games against Mateusz Surma 3p! Saturday, November 25: 08:45-09:45 Registration 09:50 Opening ceremony 10:00 Round 1 LUNCH 14:00 Round 2 17:00 Round 3 20:00 Lecture by Mateusz Surma 3p: How to improve at Go? Sunday, November 26: 09:30 Round 4 LUNCH 13:30 Round 5 16:30 or when round 5 is finished: Prize giving and closing ceremony
RulesFive round McMahon tournament.
Fished time: 45 min basic time + 15 seconds per move.
Territory scoring with 6.5 points komi for white.
Only even games. However, if there is a big gap to the weakest double-digit kyu players they may some handicap to avoid completely one-sided games against much stronger opponents.
It is allowed to skip one or more rounds if communicating this in advance to the organizers.
Ties in score within the top group after round 5 will be resolved by SOS.
Results will be reported to the European Go Database.
Registration feeYou can pay either via Swish, Card, Paypal, or Cash - please see the link in the email you get after registering. The cost varies: - The normal registration fee is 300 SEK (about 30 EUR). - Students with student ID, or any player 10 kyu or wearker, pay 150 SEK (about 15 EUR). - If this is your first live tournament, you play for free!
Note: The Gothenburg Go club is a non-profit organization. None of the organizers are getting paid, and any potential surplus from this tournament will be used - in full - in the organizing of the next year's Gothenburg Open.