Depending on a number of participants the qualifications are
either round-robin or swiss tournamets. 16 players qualify
for the knockout finals.
The thinking time is 13 minutes without byoyomi. The games
are played with handicaps according to rank difference.
The number of handicap stones depends on the rank difference
D. It is 2, 3, 4 if D is between 5..9, 10..14, 15..19. For
the same number of handicap stones the komi, starting from
8.5, is lowered by 2 for every additional rank difference.
The maximum handicap is 4 stones and 0.5 komi.
About 50 participants took part in yesterday's Poker Tournament organized by Tobias Berben. The winner of the competition was Ivan Oravec (5-kyu, Slovakia) - one of the best Czechoslovak go players in 70s.