The 1st Ottawa Youth Go Tournament

On April 28, 2019, Ottawa Go School and Ottawa Association of Chinese Canadian University Alumni (OACCUA) will jointly host the 1st Ottawa Youth Go Tournament. It is open for any Go players under 18 years old in Canada. The players who have successfully completed the competition with good grading will receive an official Go Ranks Certificate issued by Canadian Go Association (CGA).

1. Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm

2. Location: RA Center, 2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X7 (Clark Hall)

3. Registration:
Registration fee:
– $20 if registered before or on April 20.
– $25 after April 20.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at
To register please fill out the registration form at the end of this page. Thank you!

4. Certificates:
All successful players can obtain an official Go Ranks Certificate.  All the certificates are issued by the Canadian Go Association (CGA). Note an additional fee of $10 will be charged for the CGA for certificate processing.

5. Rules:
This is a one-day 5-round tournament. Swiss McMahon Method. SOS tie breaking system.
Komi: IGF rule, 6.5 points
Time setting: Each player has strict 30 minutes for the game, and no byo-yomi.

Grouping: the children’s rating competition is divided into 4 groups:

  • Group A: 10K – 1K
  • Group B: 15K – 10K
  • Group C: 20K – 15K
  • Group D: 20K or lower

Grading methods:
1. Kyu level players: there would be 5 rounds in total. Any players win at least 2 games out of 5 will be successfully awarded with a Go Rank Certificate. 2 wins will be the rank that is self declared during registration. 3 wins to upgrade 1K, 4 wins to upgrade 2K, and 5 wins will upgrade 3K.

2. Dan level players: there are no specific groups for the children’s Dan level players. The Dan level players will compete directly in the Ottawa Cup groups and play 3 games in total. If win at least 2 games out of 3 will be successfully awarded with a Go Rank Certificate with the level associated with the particular group joined. For example, if you played in the 4D group and win 2 games you will be awarded with a 4D level certificate.

3. If there are not enough players in the same group, or if the levels of the players in the same group differs from each other greatly, a handicap will be decided by the game organizer following the Canadian Go Association rules.

4. Go levels: all the Ottawa Go School students please ask your teacher to determine the proper level. All other players please self-declare your Go level.

5. Students who have learnt Go for less than 3 months will be placed n the D group with a level of 30K. There will be a handicap if play with any higher level players. Those who win 1 game will be set to 26K, 2 wins will be set to 25K.

6. Note all players must finish all the 5 games in order to be qualified for Go rating and to get the certificate.