2021 New Zealand Go Open - Escape from Lockdown!

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Dear Go Players,


Here are the full details of our coming tournament. Lets take the chance to escape from the endless lockdown and spend a weekend with friends enjoying Go. Click here to register online.

I hope to meet you there.  Sincerely, Colin Grierson 

 

 

2021 New Zealand Go Open - Escape from Lockdown! 

 

The 2021New Zealand Open Tournament, will be held on the first weekend in December (4th & 5th) 

The tournament will be held in person and online. We are looking forward to a proper get together at the New Image offices in Mangere Bridge.  Hopefully most people will be able to come to the venue, however people will also be able to participate online, so long as they are New Zealand Citizens or hold a permanent visa. 

The tournament will have three divisions if we have sufficient entries and there will be a group dinner on Saturday night if Covid 19 rules permit. 

 

Divisions

Open: Our premier division.

Open to all, but only recommended for strong players. The winner becomes NZ Champion,  receives the trophy that goes along with the position, a nice little cash prize and, of course, the bragging rights.

Six rounds will be played. Three on Saturday and three on Sunday. May the best player triumph!

Division 2

For players not strong enough to compete in the Open division but who still want to test themselves with even games under the same conditions as the Open division players.

Handicap Division 

Sunday only. The emphasis in this division is on fun, so it is open to anyone -  Strong, weak and even beginners. Games will be fast and the handicaps should give everyone a reasonable chance. Strong players beware - handicaps can be large - for example, if you are 5 dan and your opponent 15 Kyu - that’s a 19 stone handicap!

Six rounds will be held on Sunday.

Handicap division players are welcome to attend on Saturday to watch - and maybe pick up a social game or two.

 

Venue

The New Image office, 19 Mahunga Drive, Māngere Bridge. This is very comfortable, as people who played in the VITENZ Tournament at the beginning of the year can attest. It is also reasonably central - not far off the route to the airport and has good parking. Many thanks to New Image and David Wu. 

New Image location

 

 

 

Remote Players

Since travelling may be a problem we will allow people to participate remotely. 

Anyone holding a New Zealand passport or permanent Visa is eligible - regardless of where they are resident.

Games will be ‘real time’ - with the same schedule as for people at the venue.

OGS is the preferred server, however other servers can be used by mutual agreement.

Video recording of the remote players will be required and the game records must be sent to the tournament controller. Players must hold the video recordings for at least a week after the tournament ends so that they can be reviewed if questions are raised about behaviour and results.

Game records must be sent to the tournament organiser.

 

Players attending the venue

Full vaccination is required and masks are to be worn.

Please bring a laptop or tablet that can be used for matches with remote players.

  • If you do not want others to use your device that is fine, but if others can use it that is much better as not everyone can bring their own devices.
  • OGS will be the online Go server used. This runs in a browser, nothing needs to be installed on your device.
  • A guest wifi network is available.

Everyone, even people coming to the venue, will need to be able to play online as people at the venue may be matched against people playing remotely.

 

Still locked down?

If we are still locked down on the day of the tournament we will still go ahead, with everyone playing remotely. People who have paid an ‘In person’ entry fee will be refunded the difference. 

 

Entry Fee

Wow, complicated! Which division? Playing in person or remote?, Pre-registered or walked up? Earning or no income?

  • Open Division and Division 2: 
    • $25 if participating in person and pre-registered
    • $5 more for people who don’t pre-register and just walk up on the day.
    • $10 less if not earning. 
    • $10 less if participating remotely
  • Handicap division: 
    • $10 if participating in person and pre-registered
    • $5 more for people who don’t pre-register and walk up on the day.
    • $5 less if not earning. 
    • $5 less if participating remotely

Please register in advance and pay by bank transfer. (see Registration below for how to pay)

 

Prizes 

Winners will receive...The Trophy, Cash and sponsor’s products! 

Runners up get loot too :-)

Actually pretty much everyone will get at least some of the sponsor’s product.

Thanks again New Image!

 

Conditions

The Open Division and Division 2 have 6 rounds, 3 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. 

  • A Swiss draw will be used. 
  • No two players will meet more than once.
  • Players on the same score will be matched in each round as far as this is possible.
  • Players from different cities will be matched where possible.

 

The Handicap Division has 6 rounds on Sunday. 

  • A Swiss draw will be used. 
  • No two players will meet more than once.
  • Players on the same score will be matched in each round as far as this is possible.
  • Players from different cities will be matched where possible.

 

Playing conditions

  • New Zealand rules will be used.
  • ‘Fisher’ time control will be used. In the Open division and Division 2 each player will start with 20 minutes and will gain an additional 20 seconds after each move they make. In the handicap division players will start with 5 minutes and gain an additional 5 seconds after each move they make.
    • Most games have about 250 moves, 125 each. So in the Open division and Division 2, each player will have 20 minutes plus 125 x 20 seconds - 62 minutes in total. In the Handicap division players will have 5 minutes plus 125 x 10 seconds - 26 minutes in total.  
  • We are using Fisher time control because:
    • It is more forgiving when you run short of time (you can play a few fast moves and get some time back) 
    • It does not have the abrupt change of conditions that happens now when you go into byo-yomi. 
    • It stops people from taking longer than the time scheduled for a round, which can happen with our traditional time controls.

 

Accomodation:

People coming from outside of Auckland are invited to stay with local players. Please let us know well in advance if you want to do this.

Timetable:  

On Saturday please arrive before 8:45 so we have time to complete registration and make the draw.

 

Saturday (Open division and Division 2)

09:00 - 09:45 Registration

09:45 - 12:00 Round 1

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 15:15 Round 2

15:15 - 17:30 Round 3

18:00 - Dinner and party (Covid 91 rules permitting)

 

Sunday (Open division and Division 2)

09:00 - 11:15 Round 4

11:15 - 12:00 New Zealand Go Society AGM

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 14:45 Round 5

14:45 - 17:00 Round 6

17:15 - 18:00 Prizegiving

 

Sunday (Handicap division)

09:45 - 10:25 Registration

10:25 - 11:15 Round 1

11:15 - 12:00 New Zealand Go Society AGM

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 13:35 Round 2

13:35 - 14:25 Round 3

14:25 - 15:15 Round 4

15:15 - 16:05 Round 5

16:05 - 16:55 Round 6  

17:15 - 18:00 Prizegiving

 

Party

A dinner and party will be held on Saturday night. (Covid 19 restrictions allowing)

 

Contacts and Registration

If you have any questions, or trouble registering, please contact one of the organisers

  • Colin Grierson Ph 022 1656413 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kevin Liu Ph 021 02448272 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration

Please register and pay your entry fee well in advance so we can get as much as possible organised before the tournament starts.

  • If you don’t register in advance you can still come along and register on Saturday morning - but the tournament entry fee will be $5 more.

 

Click here to register online. If you can’t do this please send details to Colin Grierson

  • Your name
  • Your playing strength
  • Which division you want to play in
  • Your contact details - Phone, Email and address
  • If you will be playing in person or remotely
  • Your OGS user name
  • If you are coming to the venue can you bring a laptop or tablet that can be used for remote games?
  • If you need accommodation in Auckland
  • If you are a New Zealand citizen or if you hold a permanent New Zealand visa (we need this information for calculating our points table for international tournaments)
  • Any special requirements that you have

 

To pay your entry fee please transfer the money to 03-0149-0095693-000 or if you are overseas it might be easier to send it to Paypal account This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Important! Put your name on the bank transfer reference so we know who has paid. Or in Paypal add your name as a comment.

You can also pay by cash when you arrive, but paying in advance will make registration on the day easier.

 

That’s it. I hope to see you at the tournament.

 

Sincerely Colin Grierson

NZGS Secretary 






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