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Irish Women’s go championship – rules

Posted by James Hutchinson on April 1st, 2015

Foreword
This document is version 2 of the rules of the Irish Womens Go Championship. These rules came into force in 2019.

Irish Womens Go Championship Rules

1. Eligibility

The Irish Womens Championship is open to all female identifying Irish passport holders, and to female identifying non-national persons who have been permanently resident in Ireland for at least 3 months. All participants must be members of the IGA.

2. Qualification

Participation is open to all who fit the eligibility criteria at the time of close of registration, at 22nd September 2019.
The league table tournament should finish after 4 months and the Final best-of-three game should finish after 6 months.
Games are played under the rules outlined in the section below.

3. Tournament

The Irish Womens Championship play an all-play-all league.
Time limits for the games are 60 minutes each per game with Japanese overtime (byo-yomi) of five periods of 30 seconds.
There is no handicap.
Komi is set at 6.5 points for white.
Players decide colour by nigiri.
All games are played according to the ruleset used by the International Go Federation’s WAGC rules.
Players with the same number of wins at the end of the tournament league table play a single play-off game as a tie-breaker.
The top two players play a best-of-three game final, with time limits of 90 minutes plus Japanese overtime (byo-yomi) of five periods of 1 minute
Colour is chosen by nigiri in the first game of the final, and reversed in the second. Colour is again chosen by nigiri if there is a third game.
The winner of this match is declared the Irish Womens Go Champion.

4. Playing Online

Players can, by mutual agreement, play their games through an online service such as IGS orKGS.
All other rules stated here are still valid for such games.
Both players should retain a record of such a game, in the event of a dispute arising.

5. Rules Committee

In all matters of interpretation of these rules or of issues not covered above the IGA Committee has the final decision.