American Go E-Journal

Registration opens for SDGC Thanksgiving Tournament

Tuesday October 25, 2022

2021 King Cup winners pose with their trophies and plaques

The San Diego Go Club has opened registration for the 2022 King Cup – California State Go Championship, scheduled for November 26-27.

“Registration is off to a strong start”, reports organizer Ted Terpstra, “Eighteen go players, including three 6 dans, have already registered in the first week.”

Entry fee is $20 for adults (and youth playing in the Open section) and $10 for youth. Unrated beginners (above 20 kyu) will have their entry fee waived; pre-registration for Round 1 closes on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th at 11:59 pm PST, but same-day in-person registration is available for rounds 2-5. American Go Association membership is necessary for all players. The tournament will be held at the San Diego Chess Club in Balboa Park, CA.

2021 King Cup prizes on display

The tournament will be composed of five rounds, with 45 minutes/player main time and a byo-yomi of five 30-second periods. Masks are recommended for players and spectators. There will be tables outside for anyone wishing to play outdoors. Check-in will occur on both days from 9-9:30 am with Saturday’s three rounds scheduled for 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Sunday’s two rounds will be at 10 am and 1 pm with the tournament’s award ceremony at 4 pm. All participants will receive a complimentary book from Yutopian Press.

The Open winner of the King Cup will receive at least $400 out of a cash pool of over $1,000. Her/his name will also be engraved on the permanent state championship plaque next to past winners Kevin Yang (2021), Bo Luan (2020), Evan Lin (2019), and Calvin Sun (2018).  Go professionals are ineligible to win the King Cup although they are allowed to play in the Open.

This will be the fifth annual California state go championship hosted by the San Diego Go Club and the second King Cup sponsored by the Bi family. The 2021 King Cup drew a total of over 70 players in four different sections with ratings from 7-dan to 25-kyu.

“All indications are that this will be the largest go tournament SDGC has hosted except for the 2017 U.S. Go Congress in San Diego”, said Terpstra. “Competition for the King Cup this year should be fierce with several new go arrivals at UCSD playing in the Open section. The San Diego Go Club also welcomed several new players who will populate the beginner’s section.”

Registration, membership checking, pairings, tie-breaking, and posting of tournament results to the AGA will all be done by “Hats off to the developers of this software,” added Terpstra, “and thank you to our sponsors at Rubio’s Coastal Grill, State Farm Insurance, and Yellow Mountain Imports”.

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