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The University Team GO Championship”

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Annual project: “The University Team GO Championship”

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Contributor: Lazarev Alexey
Project holder:
Edition: 2015
Start date: 15/01/13
Enddate:


Project name: Annual project: “The University Team GO Championship”
Project description:
Student project started in January 2013.There was not any financial or sponsorship at this time.
The Internet University team GO tournament have been organized on KGS server ( Swiss system in 5 rounds) in March – May 2013. It was declared that four best teams would have the right to fight for the title of Russian champion and to take part in the offline Open Russian University team GO Championship which was supposed to be organized in Petrozavodsk in September 2013.

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14 teams from 13 Universities from Russia took part in the Internet University team GO tournament. Every two weeks there was a match day ( Sunday evening) when teams played match games on KGS server. A hard work on looking for financial and sponsorship continued from January until August 2013. As a result the Open Russian Universities Team GO Championship (26-27.09.2013) and the Open Russian Student GO Championship (28-29.09.2013) have been organized in Petrozavodsk. The tournament place – the hotel KARELIA (karelia-hotel.ru).
Due to sponsorship not four but five best teams on results of the Internet University team GO tournament were invited to fight for the title of Russian champion in 5 rounds round-robbin competition:
All teams had got free accommodation in the hotel KARELIA during team and individual student tournaments. The prize money fund, about 2000$, was provided due to sponsorships besides award cups, medals and diplomas.
In 2014 the project continued but the system has been changed. The University team Grand-Prix competition was organized ( “Alma-Mater Cup”) instead of the Internet tournament.

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Any University can organize an Universitiy Team tournament which is a stage of “Alma-Mater Cup”.
Every team earns points on the result of every stage:
  1. place – 15 points
  2. place – 12 points
  3. place – 10 points
  4. place – 8 points
  5. place – 6 points
  6. place – 4 points
  7. place – 3 points
  8. place – 2 points
  9. place – 1 point


An University team which organized a stage of “Alma-Mater Cup” earns additional 15 points to the total team score.
Any University team could take part in the Open Russian University Team GO Championship 2014 (21-22.08.2014) which is the Final stage of “Alma-Mater Cup”. Teams earn double points for the places in the Final stage.
There were the following stages of “Alma-Mater Cup” in 2014:
  1. Novosibirsk (www.nsu.ru)
  2. St. Petersburg (www.ifmo.ru/stat/2/info.htm)
  3. Tula (tsu.tula.ru)
Three best teams in the current place list of “Alma-Mater Cup” just before the Final stage had got free accommodation in the hotel KARELIA during the Final stage.

The Open Russian University Team GO Championship 2014 (21-22.08.2014) and the Open Russian Student GO Championship 2014 (23-24.08.2014) took place in Petrozavodsk. All participants have got free lunches during the tournaments.
The tournament venue – the hotel KARELIA (karelia-hotel.ru).
Six University teams fought for the title of Russian champion in 5 rounds round-robbin tournament. Winners were rewarded by award cups, medals and diplomas.
Project aim:
The aim of the project is to set up GO cooperation among Universities and to attract attention state authorities, Universities boards, sponsors towards student GO activity.
Target groups: students and postgraduate students of Universities.
Means of the project:
Physical infrastructures:

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  1. Tournaments places – hotel KARELIA conference halls, Cultural Centre “Siberia-Hokkaido”, Universities lecture rooms, Chess Clubs
  2. Catering – Hotel KARELIA restaurant
Technologies: TIGR computer program (created by Russian programmers) for organizing GO tournaments.
Media: Internet sites, Russian TV channels, Internet Forums ( Russian GO Federation, KGS forum), newspapers.
Go equipment: boards, stones, bowls, timers.
Time line:

Geographic extension:
In 2013 activities took place in Internet (KGS server) and in Petrozavodsk (Petrozavodsk State University). The Internet University team GO tournament 2013 took place in internet (KGS server) in March – May 2013. 14 Teams from 13 Universities took part in the Internet University team GO tournament 2013. The University team GO Championship 2013 and the Student GO Championship 2013 have been organized in Petrozavodsk (Petrozavodsk State University) in September 2013.
In 2014 activities took place in the Universities of Russian Federation:
  1. Petrozavodsk (Petrozavodsk State University)
  2. St.Petersburg (ITMO University)
  3. Novosibirsk (Novosibirsk State University)
  4. Tula (Tula State University)
The University team GO Championship 2014 and the Student GO Championship 2014 have been organized in Petrozavodsk (Petrozavodsk State University) in August 2014.
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Result(s):
The results of the project:
  1. A lot of publications in the Internet, mass-media and TV increased the auditorium awared about game GO
  2. Setting a mutual GO cooperation among Universities
  3. Increasing support from the state authorities and Universities boards towards spreading game GO


Public exposure:
2013
2014
Human resources:
  1. Alexey Lazarev (Petrozavodsk) – The manager of the project. The organizer and the main referee of the Internet University team tournament. The organizer and the main referee of the Open Russian University team GO Championship and the Open Russian Student GO Championship. Looking for sponsorships and partners
  2. Dmitry Kornev (Petrozavodsk) – the referee of the Open Russian University team GO Championship and the Open Russian Student GO Championship
  3. Ilia Lazarev (Kirov) – the organizer and the referee of the Internet University team tournament
  4. Innokentiy Dmitriev ( Tula) – the organizer of “Alma-Mater Cup” stage
  5. Gleb Cherepanov (Novosibirsk) – the organizer of “Alma-Mater Cup” stage
  6. Andrey Pomeranskiy (Novosibirsk) – the organizer of “Alma-Mater Cup” stage
  7. Stepan Trubitsin (St. Petersburg) – the organizer of “Alma-Mater Cup” stage
  8. Ivanov Victor (St. Petersburg) – the organizer of “Alma-Mater Cup” stage
  9. Konstantin Voznikov (Simferopol) – manager
  10. Sergey Pavlov (Novosibirsk) – IT technologies
  11. A lot of volunteers (most of them are students) took part in the activities
Financial resources:
Government and municipal subsidies, Petrozavodsk University support, Russian GO federation support, sponsorships.
Perspective:
To be continued. It is going on in 2015.
Wishes:
  1. Joining foreign Universities to the project
  2. Joining European GO Federation and International GO Federations to the project
  3. Spreading information about the project in mass media
  4. Looking for partners of the project or analogous student projects
Additonal comments:
The annual project has ben realized in 2013 and 2014. It is going on in 2015.
The Open Russian University Team GO Championship 2015 (27-28.08.2015) and the Open Russian Student GO Championship 2015 (29-30.08.2015) will take place in Petrozavodsk. University teams from abroad are wellcome to take part in the student festival!