History of Canadian Go Open Tournament
The first Canadian Go Open was held in 1978, it has been organized annually in many major cities across Canada, without missing a single year. The Tournament will be returning to Toronto in 2013, marking its 36th annual tournament.
- The winner of the main tournament can qualify to represent Canada at the World Amateur Go Championship that is held in Japan and Korea. Its youth division winner will represent Canada at the World Youth Go Championship.
- In 2009, the Toronto tournament broke the past record of most attendees with a total number of 120 participants.
- The 2012 Canadian Open, held in Gatineau, Québec, was one of the most well-organized Opens ever. This year, we aim to attract new players and introduce more Canadians to this intriguing game.
- The annual US Go Congress attracts about 450 players in the main tournament alone. The annual European Congress gathers over 600 participants.
- The American Go Association has introduced the professional player’s system to North America— subsidized by the Korean Baduk Association. On August 4th, the first two North American Go professional players were certified. This has marked a new page in North American Go history.
- This year, we hope to make it a better, bigger event, building a stronger bridge between the Asian and Western cultures.