2024 Shin-An World Baduk Masters Qualification Tournament Announcement

Shin-An World Baduk Masters is a professional tournament in South Korea for players over 45 years old. The North American Go Federation, along with the San Francisco Go Club, will host a qualification tournament to select one player to represent North America in this tournament. For North America, both professional and amateur players are accepted. The eligibility criteria includes either citizenship or permanent residency status, as well as current main residence in North America

The nominated player must attend the tournament in person in South Korea. The player is asked to cover their own airfare, while the organizing team will provide room and board during the tournament.

The qualification tournament will be held on May 4, 2024 at the San Francisco Go Club (22 Peace Plaza #501, San Francisco, California). More details on the qualification tournament will be communicated directly to the registered players.

To register, please fill in this form <https://forms.gle/EDbfrBnnVMrgRcaX8> before the end of May 2, 2024. For questions, contact Hajin Lee at <hajin.lee at usgo dot org>.

The below are details for the Shin-An World Baduk Masters:

  • Schedule (June 10 – 13):
    • June 10: Arrival at Incheon Airport
    • June 11: Move to Shin-An / Opening Ceremony and Drawing
    • June 12: Top 16 & Top 8 Rounds
    • June 13: Semi-Final & Final Rounds, Award Ceremony
    • June 14: Departure
  • Location: Shin-An, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
  • Age requirement: Born on or before Dec. 31, 1979 (Over 45 years of age)
  • Tournament Format: Single elimination
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes, 60 seconds, 3 times
  • Rules: KBA rules (komi 6.5 points)
  • Prize:
    • Winner: 30,000,000 KRW (about $23,000 USD)
    • Runner-up: 15,000,000 KRW (about $11,500 USD)
    • Semi-final losers: 8,000,000 KRW (about $6,000 USD)
    • Top 8 losers: 4,000,000 KRW (about $3,000 USD)
    • Top 16 losers: 2,000,000 KRW (about $1,500 USD)