Presentation 2019

General information

The tournament takes place at the at École Normale Supérieure (at 45 rue d’Ulm in Paris) from the 20th to 22nd of April 2019.

Paris Go Tournament is one of the European Grand Prix with Bonus Point Tournaments Level B. It give two qualificative place to Grand Prix and 12, 9, 6, 4, 2 et 1 points to the 6 first european eligible players.

All players, including those who have already paid, must present themselves at the tournament venue before noon on the 20th of April to confirm their participation in the first round.

Neither smoking nor drinking alcohol is permitted at the tournament venue.

Please preregister here.


The standard registration fee is €35, if paid in advance. The fee for Juniors (those under 18 years old the first day of the tournament) is €25. The fee is increased by €10 if the payment is made after April 7th, 2019 for bank check and after April 14th, 2019 for bank transfer.
The fee for players ranked 6d or stronger is free if registered before January 31st, 2019.
To avoid bank charges, players outside the Eurozone can pay at the door the presale fee if they are preregistered online before April 14th.

CategoryPayment before April 14thPayment after April 14th
Junior25 €35 €
Standard35 €45 €


The tournament is a six-round McMahon H-1 go tournament. Games will be played according to French rules. Each player will be given 1 hour 30 minutes with Canadian byo-yomi of 5 minutes for 15 stones. A komi of 7.5 points is given to white.

Players resident in France must have a “competition” membership of the French Go Federation.

Players have to fill and sign the result sheet at the end of their game and put it in the result box provided for this purpose.

The 16 strongest players will play the top group — whatever their nationality, contrary to what was announced previously. However, some prices are reserved to european players. Each game in the top group is played with no handicap.

The player taking White gets to choose where the clock is placed, unless that player arrives late. If a player is absent, after the scheduled beginning of the round their opponent may start the clock.

A forfeit will be declared after one hour for any player not present at their game. The forfeited player is automatically unregistered for the next rounds until they contact tournament officials to re-register (for free).


10:30Registration opens
12:00Registration closes
13:30Beginning of the tournament
14:00First round
18:00Second round
21:00Broadcast of the movie Alphago

Saturday, in parallel with the tournament, will be held a conference on go and artificial intelligence. More information on the ENS website.

09:30Third round
14:00Fourth round
18:00Blitz tournament
09:00Fifth round
13:30Sixth round
17:30Awards and closing ceremony


The tournament gives prizes for the top eight players.


Also, best european players can win these cumulative prizes :


Moreover, all players with at least four wins will be also rewarded as follow (if not already rewarded by previous prizes) :

6 wins€80
5 wins€40
4 winsgift