European Championship

European Championship

The European Championship is the most prestigious among the European Go Congress tournaments. It is restricted to the best 32 European players. The most important games will be broacast on screen and online.

In 2017, the European Championship was awarded to Ilja Shikshin 1p from Russia (promoted to 2p afterwards). For the past winners see The Hall of Fame of the European Go Federation.

Details on the official European Championship page on the EGF website. In particular, the participants are:

1 Ilya Shikshin 2p RU
2 Pavol Lisy 2p SK
3 Artem Kachanovskyi 2p UA
4 Mateusz Surma 1p PL
5 Ali Jabarin 1p IL
6 Alex Dinerstein 3p RU
7 Andrii Kravets 1p UA
8 Dusan Mitic 7d RS
9 Nikola Mitic 7d RS
10 Stanislaw Frejlak 6d PL
11 Cristian Pop 7d RO
12 Grigorij Fionin 7d RU
13 Lukas Podpera 7d CZ
14 Thomas Debarre 6d FR
15 Dmitrij Surin 7d RU
16 Cornel Burzo 6d RO
17 Viktor Lin 6d AT
18 Tanguy Le Calvé 6d FR
19 Dominik Boviz 6d HU
20 Jonas Welticke 6d DE
21 Rob van Zeijst 7d NL
22 Anton Chernykh 5d RU
23 Andrej Kulkov 6d RU
24 Timur Sankin 6d RU
25 Benjamin Teuber 6d DE
26 Rémi Campagnie 5d FR
27 Johannes Obenaus 6d DE
28 Ondrej Kruml 5d CZ
29 Vjacheslav Kajmin 5d RU
30 Lucas Neirynck 5d BE
31 Sinan Djepov 5d BG
32 Matias Pankoke 5d IT


1st place 4.000 Euro
2nd place 2.500 Euro
3rd place 1.500 Euro
4th place 1.000 Euro
5th place – 8th place 500 Euro


EC 2018 (last 8)


EC 2018 (till quater)



Rules of the European Go Championship

The following are the EC rules as of 22/10/2017, V16, now superseeded by V19 of 14/07/2018 (differences in time system: now it is Fisher time 90' + 45''). Up-to-date EC rules can always be found at

New European Championship system with 32 players:

1. Selection of players:
  • 32 top European players (passport of EGF member country required) will participate in the event. They can be either amateur or professional players.
  • The players qualify for participation in order of their best achieved EGF-ratings within last twelve months (June 16th of a previous year - June 15th of a current year), as given in the EGF rating database by June 15th, before the EGC.
  • Only players with a tournament-result in the last twelve months (16th of June of a previous year - 15th of June of a current year) documented in the EGD will be taken into account.
  • For 2018:
    1. Top 8 of previous European Championship (EC)
    2. One wildcard for the organizing EGC country, minimal EGF rating 2350
    3. Two wildcards for the EGF to be decided by end of June, minimal EGF rating 2350
    4. 21 players from EGD (top rating June 16th, previous year - June 15th, current year, at least one tournament in the EGD within the same period
  • From 2019 onwards:
    1. Nominate the 8 pre-qualified after the last EGC
    2. Nominate additional 6 players after the end of the previous Grand Prix. Of course, not the ones who are already qualified after previous EGC
    3. and then:
      • nominate 16 players (instead of 22) from EGD list, mid-June
      • Wildcard from EGC
      • Wildcard from EGF
  • Unused wildcards increase the number of players from the EGD
2. Registration procedure:
  • Players who want to play the European Championship have to preregister for the EC latest till June 15th before EC as part of their registration for the EGC
  • 32 EC participants will be selected from the preregistered players and based on the results of previous (max rating) EGC in the second half of June
  • The decision how to use the 2 wildcards will also be taken by the end of June
  • End of June, EGF will publish the names of the 32 players qualified for the EC in an appropriate way
  • All 32 players have to confirm on Friday or Saturday (1st day of the EGC) at the venue of the congress that they still want to play the EC. If not, next players on the list of eligible preregistered participants will replace them
3. Organisation:
  • Championship modus:
    • All 32 players start with the same Mac Mahon score. This start, Mac Mahon score, is the same like the top-bar Mac Mahon score of the EGC main-tournament
    • The European championship shall be played during the first week (starting on Sunday) and second weekend of the EGC. 8 games will be played by the tow finalists (one each day)
    • Games played on the same day as the EG shall be taken into account as well for the main EGC tournament (i.e. 5 games)
    • A final phase with 8 players will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • It is a double knock-out tournament - hence, the players with two lost games in the preliminary rounds leave immediately the European Championship and may continue playing in the main EGC tournament
    • Playing rules are the same as the EGC main tournament with time limit 2.5 hours basic time + 1 minute Byo Yomi (3 times)
    • There is no need to define 5th to 8th positions. Hence, the players may play the weekend tournament if they wish so. Only semifinals, the games for 3rd place and the final, are played over the weekend
  • Pairings:
    • Pairings for the first round is based on EGF rating by Mid July
  • Championship Schedule:
    • 5 rounds played during the main EGC tournament on the first week
    • 2 extra rounds played on Saturday and Sunday (2nd week end) - semi-finals and finals