2019 Australian Digital Tournament

...is an annual first-class tournament of the Australian Go Association and regional tournament of the New Zealand Go Society. If you are an Australian player, it improves your national rating, earns you international representative points, the whole ball of wax. If you are a New Zealand player, it is a fun chance to crush Australian players in a trans-Tasman tournament... and improves your national rating and international representative points. If you play in or from another South Pacific nation, we earnestly invite you to join in the fun.

The tournament is on the Internet in seven rounds, one per week. Results are due by midnight Sunday by email. The draw for the next round (opponent, colour, handicap) will be sent out by midday Monday. Contact your opponent, sort out a time, play the game online, email the result and the game record to the tournament director. The tournament is an Australian Swiss draw in two divisions, open (2k to 7d) and handicap (2d to 20k, up to nine stones), using Australian (Japanese) rules.

Entries are closed; they were by email to the tournament director (Horatio Davis of the Queensland Go Society, horatio@go.org.au) with your rank, home club and country, and your username on the Online Go Server (and your names on the KGS Go Server, and PandaNet IGS if you have those also). Entry fee is AU$10, please PayPal to horatio@go.org.au or do a direct bank transfer to the QGS (BSB 014281, account 290 909 051).

All competitors are bound by the QGS code of conduct, which boils down to: don't cheat, don't troll, play nice. Violations attract a warning, then disqualification.

Open Division (2k to 7d)

Open division first prize is $100 and the title of Australian Digital Champion, second and third prizes are $50.

Your opponents for this round are listed in the row of your name and the column of the round.

Player Position Round
Given Family Rank Place Score SOS SDS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
StevenPeng 7d White, 6.5 points komi vs Alan Guerin (black, no stones)
ZhimingDeng 7d White, 6.5 points komi vs Kevin Yang (black, no stones)
KenXie 5d Won as white, 6.5 points komi vs Pei Qi Sun (black, no stones)
AmySong 5d White, 6.5 points komi vs Elizabeth Patrick (black, no stones)
GraemeParmenter 4d White, 6.5 points komi vs Horatio Davis (black, no stones)
AlanGuerin 3d Black, no stones vs Steven Peng (white, 6.5 points komi)
KevinYang 3d Black, no stones vs Zhiming Deng (white, 6.5 points komi)
Pei QiSun 1d Lost as black, no stones vs Ken Xie (white, 6.5 points komi)
ElizabethPatrick 1d Black, no stones vs Amy Song (white, 6.5 points komi)
HoratioDavis 1k Black, no stones vs Graeme Parmenter (white, 6.5 points komi)

Handicap Division (20k to 2d)

Handicap division first prize is $50, second and third prizes are $20.

Your opponents for this round are listed in the row of your name and the column of the round.

Player Position Round
Given Family Rank Place Score SOS SDS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
PengFei 1d White, 0.5 points komi vs Michael McGee (black, 5 stones)
ElizabethPatrick 1d White, 0.5 points komi vs Matt Watson (black, 5 stones)
HoratioDavis 1k Lost as white, 0.5 points komi vs Arden Rushwood (black, 4 stones)
WilliamRui 2k White, 0.5 points komi vs Allan Hunt (black, 5 stones)
Sun WooNam 4k White, 0.5 points komi vs James Rees (black, 9 stones)
PeterSimpson 4k White, 0.5 points komi vs Christopher Riding (black, 9 stones)
AbrahamMacLeod 4k White, 0.5 points komi vs Linda Ivezic (black, 9 stones)
KeithTrevett 4k White, 0.5 points komi vs Rye Senjen (black, 9 stones)
MichaelMcGee 5k Black, 5 stones vs Peng Fei (white, 0.5 points komi)
MattWatson 5k Black, 5 stones vs Elizabeth Patrick (white, 0.5 points komi)
ArdenRushwood 5k Won as black, 4 stones vs Horatio Davis (white, 0.5 points komi)
AllanHunt 7k Black, 5 stones vs William Rui (white, 0.5 points komi)
StuAsh 9k Bye
JamesRees 13k Black, 9 stones vs Sun Woo Nam (white, 0.5 points komi)
ChristopherRiding 14k Black, 9 stones vs Peter Simpson (white, 0.5 points komi)
LindaIvezic 17k Black, 9 stones vs Abraham MacLeod (white, 0.5 points komi)
RyeSenjen 19k Black, 9 stones vs Keith Trevett (white, 0.5 points komi)


As of this writing, there are ten stronger players in the open division and sixteen players in the handicap division, ranging from 7d to 19k. Two of you are in both. Below is listed who they are, how to contact them, what their accounts are on OGS and other servers. You are expected to contact them and sort out a time for your round yourself. If your information is not here, or is not right, please tell the tournament director via email immediately.

NameSurname Email OGS Account KGS Account IGS Account Country Rank Go club, if any
Elizabeth Patrick magicgo@protonmail.com lizzyhop AU 1d Magic Go Club
Horatio Davis horatio@go.org.au ahd ahd ahd AU 1k Brisbane
Peng Fei pfei1997@gmail.com FlandersPG AU 1d Melbourne Go Club
William Rui jaquelin_rui@hotmail.com williamrui  williamrui  AU 2k Victorian Go Club
Abraham MacLeod abraham.mcleod@gmail.com HaerDalis Foolish HaerDalis AU 4k Sydney Go Club
Sun Woo Nam jazzdacom@gmail.com jazz.sw AU 4k Brisbane Go Club
Peter Simpson peter.v.simpson@gmail.com wailN wailN AU 4k Perth Go Club
Keith Trevett ktrevett@live.com nowhereman2 nowhereman AU 4k Australian Online
Matt Watson explodymatt@gmail.com schroedingers.hat AU 5k Brisbane
Michael McGee michael.mcgee1960@gmail.com mcmcgree mcgee AU 5k Brisbane Go Club
Arden Rushwood arden.rushwood@gmail.com achtung_etc AU 5k Brisbane
Allan Hunt allanhunt24@gmail.com Allan53 Allan53 AU 7k Brisbane
James Rees jamesgrees@hotmail.com Parkrunner AU 13k Magic Go Club
Christopher Riding chris@superduper.co.nz fieldplayer calmseas22 NZ 14k Auckland Go Club
Linda Ivezic cockatoohill1@bigpond.com Littlebird57 Littlebird AU 17k Brisbane Go Club
Rye Senjen ryesenjen@yahoo.com humblestick AU 19k
Zhiming Deng 1448924194@qq.com hungryjack AU 7d University of Melbourne Go Club
Steven Peng Pengfengyi2@outlook.com shenyudao AU 7d UQ Chess Club
Amy Song asong117953@outlook.com AmySong EyesOpen AU 5d Sydney Go Club
Ken Xie 2984332125@qq.com shiqing9 shiqing9 shiqing9 NZ 5d Auckland Go Club
Graeme Parmenter graeme.parmenter@honeylane.nz leffy gonzo gonzo NZ 4d Otago University Go Club
Alan Guerin alanguerin@fastmail.com Castlehill Castlehill NZ 3d Christchurch Go Club
Kevin Yang nibbyman@gmail.com issho issho ezu NZ 3d Auckland Go Club
Pei Qi Sun surf1971025@hotmail.com peiqisun AU 1d Brisbane Go Club
Stu Ash stuartaash@gmail.com boocat PurpleO AU 9k ?

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the organisers?
The umpire (honorary Australian national coach, An Younggil 8p) and director (Horatio Davis 1k, Brisbane).
Do I have to do what they tell me to?
The tournament director's decisions are final, including decisions about which of the things on this page need updating in light of whatever you've surprised him with, and what the result was / what else you need to do for your match this round. The draw in the tables above? He drew it. The director will at all times take the advice and expert answers given by the tournament referee very seriously, but honestly, Younggil is a professional and this is a volunteer gig, the tournament director is the one stuck spending hours running it, not the referee; we can't possibly pay Younggil enough to do tournament directing.
What server do I play on?
The Online Go Server, or KGS Go Server, because the tournament organisers are familiar with them and it is easy to download the SGF game record and email it to us, and it is easy for us to check the result.
What game settings should we use?
Australian standard: Byoyomi time, at 60 minutes main time plus 3x30 seconds byoyomi, Japanese (territory) scoring and counting, situational superko, jigo are draws, komi is 6.5 points to white (even games) or 0.5 points to white if black has handicap stones. Colour is specified in the draw. No nigiri. Set your game to public and save a copy of the SGF for us.
What handicap?
Handicap division games will have a number of stones listed and komi to white (0.5 points). Open division games, and even games in the handicap division, have komi of 6.5 points to white and no handicap stones. Stones, if any, will be given at one stone per one difference in rank, up to nine stones. "White no komi" is a thing, meaning the white player is exactly one (adjusted) rank higher than the black player, so only the minimum 0.5 points komi to white.
How strong am I? Which rank do I use?
Player strength (for handicaps and draw order) is measured as equivalent Australian rankings. If in doubt, ask your club president, or at least give as an OGS or KGS or IGS rank. The tournament director's judgement is final as to what rank you play as.
How do they tell who won the tournament? What if two of us won the same number of games?
Australian standard tournament scoring: wins are worth 1 point, ties and draws and byes are worth half a point, losses and forfeits (not showing up or breaking the rules) worth zero points. Winners are by how many points you scored, ties broken by Sum of Opponents' Scores, and then by Sum of Defeated Opponents' Scores, and then by which of you defeated the other in the round where you played.
What kind of tournament draw is it?
The draw is a progressive Swiss (each time you lose a round you get one more handicap stone next round) - players of adjacent score who have not played yet are paired together, as close as possible. This is the standard Australian practice. We will use slide pairing or equivalent for the first round, and will not randomise the draw for players of equal score until the fourth round.
Wait, progressive Swiss?
Ayup. Blame Neville Smythe, he wrote it into the AGATHA software we are using to run the tournament.
Can we play our round as a correspondence game instead?
Yes, if both of you agree. Play on OGS or DGS and use no time controls, other settings as above.
Can we play our round in person instead?
If you and your opponent can play on a real board this week, sure. We expect an email from each of you with the result, and somebody gives us a game record. If recording the game while you play it is too hard, play online on your phones while hanging out. Same face-to-face fun and coffee opportunities, less pain.
Can we play on other servers?
Yes, if both you and your opponent agree. IGS and Tygem, of course. Dragon Go Server if you can finish the correspondence game before Saturday evening. Any other server is alright provided there is a game record.
What if we cannot agree on a server?
Then your game will be on the Online Go Server.
What if we cannot agree on a time?
Not playing because you couldn't agree when to play is an automatic fail. Both of you forfeit.
My opponent isn't here! Now what?
Look, if your opponent doesn't show up, email me at the time you expect him and he didn't show, and wait for a reasonable time - at least as long as the game scheduled. It is expected that if your opponent tries really hard to show up or has a good reason to fail, that you will show some flexibility and arrange another time with them. If your game got surprise cancelled, try to play your match again later. In return, they are expected to tell you ASAP if they aren't going to make it, and bend over backwards to make a convenient time. If that isn't happening, and they don't turn up at the original time, they forfeit and you win the point. The decision of the tournament director as to what happens with the points is final.
Only one of us sent you the result. Oops?
We will remind you on Saturday. We will remind you again Sunday evening. If you still haven't done the right thing and emailed us to tell us if you won, we will use our best judgement and award the point as we see fit.
When do we have to send you the results?
By midnight on Sunday, Brisbane time. Not sending us the results in time is an automatic fail.
Do I have to send you the game record? You can take my word for it, right?
No. One of you emails us an SGF or other game record. The other one emails us also and says what the result is. If we don't get both, we don't believe you.
My game was interrupted! My internet broke/their internet broke/the server broke/my phone broke/the zombies broke the door down/the plague took me while we were playing!
That's not really a question. But the answer is: if your game is interrupted, try to play your match again later. You still must get it done within this week.
I have a dispute about my game?
Tell the tournament director, who will give you a ruling or have the tournament umpire do so. See below.
Cool, a celebrity guest umpire! How does the umpiring work?
He probably won't be online watching your game. Because you haven't told him when it was, and why would you? But you will supply us with a record of your game, or for KGS/OGS the game number so we can get the game record. Any suspect or disputed games will be shown to the umpire for analysis and adjudication, and we reserve the right to take whatever action we see fit based on what he tells us. He can also be asked to adjudicate correspondence games that have run out of time, if the tournament director can't.
You seem really hung up on these SGF game records. Why?
Good practice for one, the Sydney Go Club's professional in residence wants to review some of them for another, but most of all we just don't trust you. All the games, we won't be able to watch them, that's the whole point. So we expect both of you to report in after the game, and at least one of you (preferably both!) to send us the game record. OGS and KGS make it easy to download an SGF of a previous game from your game history. DO IT.
Can I have help?
No, no computer programs, no stronger players or friends helping you, just you by yourself playing your opponent. The tournament umpire is an eighth dan Korean professional and can tell. Material cases of cheating will be referred to your national go association for action.
What if I can't play a round?
If you are overseas or AFK or sick or have exams that week, you forfeit your round and your opponent gets a point. It's okay. There are six other rounds.
Can we use Fischer time or other time?
Fischer time and other systems are worthy, but it's not what Australian tournaments use, so, no.