2020 Top8 – Behind the scene

This year the Top8 was a very successful tournament. Attracting more than 16 candidates, it had to go through an unusual process of qualification games.

The quality of the tournament was achieved thanks to some great organisation, or should I say a great organizer; the one and only Eoghan Barry.

The pool phase for qualifications was made of two rounds and finally 8 finalists were able to meet on the 25th and 26th of January for a crazy week-end of intense fights.
The level was quite high with many dan players and, as can be seen by Eoghan’s post, there was quite a number of upsets with the dan players being mostly eliminated from the final. The level of the games was really high and the fights very fierce!

Luckily everybody could relax after the first day of crazy games by…. playing go again! That’s the go player’s way you know. A 6 people rengo started in Toner’s, where many group were killed in a very dirty way.

Finally the tree of the double elimination tournament got nearly filled up

Leaving Matei already qualified and Alex and James left to fight for the play-off.
Congrats to them, congrats to our organizer and slainte!

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