37th World Amateur Go Championship

The 37th World Amateur Go Championship will take place in June 2016 in Wuxi, a city of six million located slightly northwest of Shanghai. Ranka will be on hand to cover the entire event.

During its 3000-year history, Wuxi has produced many famous statesmen, writers, and artists. A recent addition to its honor roll is Yu Zhiying, who now tops the world in women’s professionial go. Last year Wuxi ventured into the international amateur go arena when a local trading company sponsored a match between a team of Chinese players and a mixed Japanese-Korean team. This year Wuxi has moved straight to the center of the arena by holding the WAGC.

The 37th world amateur champion will be decided in eight rounds played June 5-8, preceded by meetings on the 4th and followed by friendship games and sightseeing on the 9th. In the competition for the award-winning places, WAGC newcomers from Canada, Czechia, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Korea, the Ukraine, and the USA will challenge a strong lineup of WAGC veterans from Europe and the Far East. Also worth watching will be a trio of thirteen-year-olds from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, all ranked 4 or 5 dan. The full list of players can be viewed here. For everyone it will be a great chance to meet old friends, make new friends, and take on opponents from the four corners of the earth.

37th WAGC – Contestants

56 Countries and Territories

Asia (14) – Middle and Near East (2) – Europe (29) – Africa (2) – Americas (7) – Oceania (2)

Asia
Brunei China Chinese Taipei Hong Kong India
Sin Voon CHIN Baoxiang BAI Chia Cheng HSU Chi Hin CHAN Supravat PAL
Age: 28 Age: 23 Age: 22 Age: 16 Age: 37
3 Dan 8 Dan 7 Dan 6 Dan 1 Kyu
Indonesia Japan Korea Macau
Raffia Shidqi FITRAH Satoshi HIRAOKA Kibaek KIM ?
Age: 13 Age: 45 Age: 20 Age:
5 Dan 8 Dan 6 Dan
Malaysia Mongolia Singapore Thailand Vietnam
Fu Kang CHANG Battulga BYAMBAAKHUU Yi Fei YUE Vorawat TANAPATSOPOL Nhat Minh VO
Age: 13 Age: 31 Age: 18 Age: 27 Age: 13
5 Dan 2 Kyu 5 Dan 5 Dan 4 Dan
Middle and Near East
Israel Turkey
Tal MICHAEL Emre POLAT
Age: 19 Age: 22
3 Dan 4 Dan

Asia     –    Middle and Near East    –    Europe    –    Africa    –    Americas    –    Oceania     ↑TOP

Europe
Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Croatia
Jürgen SUNTINGER Elchin Hasanxan ALIYEV Anastasiya ILKEVICH Nelis VETS Zoran MUTABZIJA
Age: 29 Age: 43 Age: 25 Age: 35 Age: 71
3 Dan 1 Dan 5 Kyu 2 Dan 2 Dan
Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany
Jan PROKOP Jannik Lundgaard RASMUSSEN Matti SIIVOLA Junfu DAI Lukas KRAEMER
Age: 25 Age: 45 Age: 55 Age: 32 Age: 23
6 Dan 4 Dan 5 Dan 8 Dan 6 Dan
Hungary Ireland Italy Lithuania Luxembourg
Csaba MERO John GIBSON Filippo GORLERO Andrius PETRAUSKAS Laurent HEISER
Age: 36 Age: 67 Age: 32 Age: 41 Age: 48
6 Dan 5 Kyu 2 Kyu 3 Dan 6 Dan
Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania
Merlijn KUIN Pål Harald SANNES Stanislaw FREJLAK Vasco PIMENTA Cristian POP
Age: 34 Age: 55 Age: 19 Age: 38 Age: 41
6 Dan 3 Dan 5 Dan 5 Kyu 7 Dan
Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain
Dmitry SURIN Dusan MITIC Miroslav POLIAK Gregor BUTALA Joan ALEMANY FLOS
Age: 44 Age: 25 Age: 59 Age: 41 Age: 33
6 Dan 6 Dan 2 Dan 5 Dan 3 Dan
Sweden Switzerland UK Ukraine
Leif ALMROT Armel-David  WOLFF Andrew SIMONS Andrii KRAVETS
Age: 31 Age: 42 Age: 30 Age: 25
3 Dan 4 Dan 4 Dan 6 Dan

Asia     –    Middle and Near East    –    Europe    –    Africa    –    Americas    –    Oceania     ↑TOP

Africa
Madagascar South Africa
Mamy RAKOTOARISOA Andrew Lewis DAVIES
Age: 36 Age: 57
2 Dan 3 Dan
Americas
Argentina Brazil Canada Colombia Mexico
David POLLITZER Gabriel Hissao MAKIO Manuel VELASCO Santiago ESPINOSA URIBE Emil GARCIA
Age: 39 Age: 24 Age: 25 Age: 29 Age: 29
3 Dan 1 Dan 5 Dan 4 Dan 5 Dan
Peru USA
Leon RIOS Benjamin LOCKHART
Age: 31 Age: 22
1 Dan 7 Dan
Oceania
Australia New Zealand
Amy Yimei SONG Chahine KOLEEJAN
Age: 15 Age: 23
4 Dan 5 Dan

Asia     –    Middle and Near East    –    Europe    –    Africa    –    Americas    –    Oceania     ↑TOP

37 WAGC – Schedule

37th WAGC: Schedule
JUNE 2016 Time  Event Place
Fri 3 Arrival
Sat 4 9:30 ~ 11:30 IGF Board of Directors Meeting Ramada Plaza Wuxi
13:30 ~ 15:00  IGF Annual General Meeting
15:30 ~ 17:00 Players Meeting
17:30 ~ 18:15 (TBC) Press Conference
18:30 ~ 20:30  Opening Ceremony
Sun 5 ~ Tue 7 9:00 ~ 12:00 Rounds (1,3,5)
14:30 ~ 17:30 Rounds (2,4,6)
Wed 8 9:00 ~ 12:00 Round 7
14:30 ~ 17:30 Round 8
17:30 ~ 18:30 Doping Test
19:00 ~ 21:00 Closing Ceremony
Thu 9 Morning Friendship Match
Afternoon Sightseeing
Fri 10 Departure