From the 22nd of July to the 7th of August 2022 the beautiful touristic resort in Romania, Vatra Dornei, will host the 64th edition of the European Go Congress. On behalf of the organization team and the town hall of Vatra Dornei I wish a warm welcome to all participants to this great event that has established itself over time as the most important Go event from Europe and one of the biggest in the Go world.
With a myriad of engaging and fun activities over the length of two weeks the EGC attracts Go fans from all over Europe but also many participants from the ‘homeland’ of Go – Japan, China, Korea and Chinese Taipei. Visitors from America and Canada add to the intercontinental dimension of this veritable Go festival. After two hard years that changed life as we knew it, the significance of having a successful EGC in 2022 is not lost to us. At the core this congress will be about Go, nature and friendship. We aim at an EGC that will become a celebration of humanity’s ability to overcome any adversity. Welcome to the 64th European Go Congress in Vatra Dornei, 2022!
Catalin Taranu – Congress Director
As the congress organization work progresses new info is available. Consequently we have decided to launch a congress newsletter in order to improve communication with the participants.
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CONGRESS NEWSLETTER #4
Alea iacta est
We have the great pleasure to announce that we confidently go ahead with the organization of the EGC 2022 in Vatra Dornei.
It was a difficult decision to take while we battle an elusive foe called uncertainty. Nevertheless, we chose to believe in people and our congress values: Go, nature and friendship.
Our congress setup is rather unique and truly revolves around the three concepts.
Go– a strong cultural and human link, as long as we provide playing materials and a proper environment people know what to do.
Nature– will be all around us, awaiting discovery. Trips, hiking, rafting, mountain cycling, horseback riding are just a few of the activities that will boost the overall experience. A word about local fauna, squirrels are friendly and funny, ducks are funny and noisy, bears are big and not funny.
Friendship and fun – Most of our efforts are directed towards setting up the right environment for socializing and making new friends. We will organize clear meeting points so that you will know where to go if you feel like sharing with other congress participants. The main venue Loisir will host various activities, as you exit the playing hall you will immediately be able to find a place where to analyze your games, watch high level games on big screens or immerse yourself in the crowd and enjoy the local festival that will surround the congress area. We plan activities for children, a local traditional fair, concert and movie watching, and some things we probably don’t even know yet that we will do.
We added a new congress movie and basic info on most Go tournaments. We’ll keep getting new info so keep an eye ready for future updates. We know that for many of you information on prizes is very important but for now the budget is unclear, the final prize value will depend on the amount of paid registrations and eventual sponsors.
Attending professional players and teaching activities
We are happy to announce that Guo Juan and Mateusz Surma will teach at the EGC2022 in Vatra Dornei. It is still too early to announce professional players from Japan, China, Korea or Taiwan. We are working on it. The teaching schedule and planned activities will be uploaded on the site as soon as we have info on all participating professional players.
Stay tuned for future updates!