The 9th Istanbul International Go Tournament

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All Go players are invited to participate in the Istanbul International Go Tournament which will be marking its 9th anniversary this year on the 3rd thru 4th of October. The 9th Istanbul International Go Tournament is kindly sponsored by Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Kaya Ozalit, Best Bilgisayar, 60m² and İstanbul Lisesi and registered as a Pandanet European Go Cup Super Tournament. We are looking forward to a broader participation from home and abroad.

The preregistration period has ended. Thank you for your support and interest. The 9th Istanbul International Go Tournament is open to participation from all go players. All parties interested in participating that have not had the chance to preregister may register on the 3rd of October 2009 at 09:00 local time at the tournament venue.

The updated list of participantsfor the 9th Istanbul International Go Tournament follows, please check back often as the tournament details are updated regularly.


Fındıklı Tournament Layout

This year's venue sponsor Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts has generously granted us access to their campus at Fındıklı, allocating the renovated and expanded canteen and Mimar Sinan Hall to our service. A partial map of Istanbul showing the location of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts Fındıklı Campus from google can be found here. Public transportation details and directions to and from the venue can be accessed via İ.E.T.T.'s site which is Istanbul's main public transportation provider.

You can get information on Istanbul including hotels, weather, maps and tips from the web sites below:



You can check the checkfelix web site for flights to Istanbul.


There are trains from Sofia, Belgrade, Bucharest and Budapest(connections from Munich and Vienna) to Sirkeci Station in Istanbul. Main services are:

  • Bosphorus Express: from Bucharest, daily
  • TransBalkan Express: from Budapest via Bucharest, daily
  • Prietenia Express: from Kischinev, daily
  • Balkan Express: from Belgrade via Sofia, daily
  • 1C 90/9 I: from Pythion via Thessalonica, daily (connection from Athens)
  • Istanbul Express: from Munich via Slovenia, Croatia, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria

There are two main stations in Istanbul: Sirkeci Station on the European and Haydarpaşa Station on the Asian side. These historic station buildings are nostalgic gateways to the city. Both stations are well equipped with restaurants, newspaper kiosks, waiting rooms and ATMs.

Transfer from Airport to City Center

There are shuttles (Havaş) from airport to city center (Taksim Square) every half hour between 04.00 am and 01.00 am. The cost of the shuttle is €5. If you take a cab, it costs about €20, please note taxi fare depends on the traffic condition and a price range of €17~€25 is common. If you come by car, bus or train let us know your likely arrival time. We will inform you about the route to the city center.


Most European countries do not need visa to enter Turkey up to 90 days or they can obtain visa at the border. Please check the link below to see your country's status. If a visa is required please inquire your local Turkish embassy about the documents, fee and procedure. An invitation letter for visa application can be sent as required. If you require an invitation letter please include a note in travel details in the form below or contact us later.

Expected weather conditions

Will be available 5 days in advance.

Estimated temperature: daytime 24-27°C, night 14-16°C
Mostly cloudy, heavy showers.


For updates and further information please check

Accommodation & Catering

Our catering sponsor 60m² will be providing free beverages (tea and coffee) and free sandwiches for lunch during the tournament on site. There are also many options around the tournamet venue. Approximately €15 will be enough for standart meals throughout the day. Naturally, there are more luxurious therefore more expensive choices if you prefer.

We recommend participants to choose accommodation options around Fındıklı as it would be easier to get to the tournament site. Namely Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet and Taksim are in the vicinity. Hostels, which accommodate students and non-students alike, can be found and reserved through or Higher class hotels like The Marmara, The Ritz-Carlton, Ceylan Intercontinental, Divan and The Hilton are situated near and around Taksim, which is 2.5 minutes away from the tournament site by funicular. More on hotels and reservation options can be found at and

Tournament Rules

  • Head referree: Mehmet Emin Barsbey
  • Pairing system: McMahon
  • Game rules: Japanese rule set, no handicap
  • Time: 60 min. + 25 moves / 10 min. byo-yomi
  • Komi: 6.5

As an EGF Super Tournament the 9th Istanbul International Go Tournament is bound by the following rules and regulations:

  1. EGF General Tournament Rules
  2. EGF Tournament System Rules
  3. Pandanet European Go Cup Rules

Tournament Schedule

To be announced.

October 3 (Saturday)
09:00 - 09:30 : Finalization of registration
09:45 - 10:00 : Opening ceremony and announcement of pairings
10:00 - 12:30 : Round 1
12:30 - 13:30 : Lunch break
13:30 - 16:00 : Round 2
16:00 - 16:15 : Interim
16:15 - 18:45 : Round 3

October 4 (Sunday)
10:00 - 12:30 : Round 4
12:30 - 14:30 : Lunch break
14:00 - 16:30 : Round 5
16:30 - 19:00 : Award ceremony and Finale


The tournament results will be submitted to the EGF as required by the EGF for European Go Cup Super Tournaments; thus all participants' results will effect their European Ranking. Points for the European Go Cup will also be granted to the respective winners. Please refer to the Pandanet Go European Cup Prizes & Points page for further details. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. The first three players will be presented with monetary prizes. The first five and players showing exceptional performance will also be awarded. The monetary prizes will be distributed as follows:

  • 1st place: €150
  • 2nd place: €100
  • 3rd place: €50


Preregistration is urged and recommended due to organizational conveniences and smooth proceeding of the tournament schedule. Preregistration deadline is September 27th 2009. Registration must be finalized on arrival or at least until 09:30 local time on the 3rd of October.

Attention: Preregistration is not equivalent to registering. It is required that preliminary registrants finalize their registration strictly before mentioned deadline.

Since otherwise the proceeding of the tournament schedule will be compromised, participants that do not show up on time on the first day of the tournament without prior notice will be dropped from the tournament.

Entry Fee

The fee for the tournament has been set at €12 for preliminary registrants and €17 for on site registration. Preregistrants under the age of 18 can participate free of charge. The IBAN number of The Turkish Go Players' Association for european currency (€) is:
TR62 0006 4000 0024 2130 8164 62
Please include your name, surname and the notice: "9th Istanbul Go Open".

Entry fees
Normal €17
Preregistrants €12
Preregistrants under 18 free of charge


The preregistration period has ended. We thank all registrants for their support and interest. The below form can be used for all and any inquiries pertaining to the tournament.

Preregistration deadline was September 27th 2009.

Disclaimer: The entire responsibility for valid member status and correctness of the entry form rests solely on the entrant. The organization committee or its subsidiaries can not be held liable for loss, damages or failures of contact and correspondence rising from failure to fill in the form completely or correctly.

Contact Information
Player Information
Message and notes


List of preregistered players is below.

# Name Surname Rank City Country Stat* Club
All information pertaining to the entrants are based on their personal input.
The entire responsibility for validity of the above information rests solely on the entrant.
All pre-registrants are denoted with Pre.
1 Nikola Mitic 5d Nis RS Pre Student
2 Dejan Krstic 4d Belgrade RS Pre Milentije Popovic
3 Oancea Petru 4d Bucharest RO Pre Saijo
4 Fatih Sulak 3d Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
5 Deniz Kutluay 2d Ankara TR Pre Bilkent
6 Giray Erdi 2d İstanbul TR Pre TGA
7 Kerem Karaerkek 2d Nevşehir TR Pre -
8 Atahan Kara 1d Kocaeli TR Pre TGA
9 Bertan Bilen 1d Ankara TR Pre HÜGOKU
10 Cihan Yüksel 1d Kayseri TR Pre Kayseri
11 Dimitris Regginos 1d Nicosia CY Pre NIC
12 Emre Bektöre 1d Eskişehir TR Pre EsGo
13 Eren Kurter 1d Ankara TR Pre HÜGOKU
14 Hayri Kılıç 1d İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
15 Hüsrev Aksüt 1d Ankara TR Pre Bilkent
16 Mehmet Barış Albayrak 1d İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
17 Sercan Oruç 1d Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
18 Süleyman Selman Kılıç 1d İstanbul TR Pre GSL
19 Yavuz Mester 1d Ankara TR Pre Bilkent
20 Özer Kırçak 1d İstanbul TR Pre -
21 Özgür Değirmenci 1d Bursa TR Pre EsGo
22 Ahmet Sümen 1k İstanbul TR Pre -
23 Bener Bozkurt 1k İstanbul TR Pre -
24 Doğaç Köse 1k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
25 Egemen Akgül 1k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
26 Engin Serkan Solmazoğlu 1k İstanbul TR Pre -
27 Ergün Dündar 1k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
28 Erkan Karacaoğlu 1k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
29 Polat Fevzi Dündar 1k İzmir TR Pre iytego!
30 Batuhan Öztürk 2k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
31 Deniz Yüksel 2k Kayseri TR Pre Kayseri
32 Mustafa Morca 2k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
33 Alper Özmen 3k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
34 Aude Friren 3k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
35 Aykut Terzi 3k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
36 Burak Yeşilyurt 3k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
37 Deniz Ekim Aydın 3k Eskişehir TR Pre EsGo
38 Doğukan Sarıkaya 3k Eskişehir TR Pre goizm
39 Emre Yalçınkaya 3k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
40 Hakan Eryargı 3k İstanbul TR Pre -
41 Ozan Can Dönertaş 3k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
42 Semih Özbağ 3k Kocaeli TR Pre TGA
43 Çagatay Tavşanoğlu 3k Ankara TR Pre HÜGOKU
44 Aziz Pekdemir 4k Muğla TR Pre KGS
45 Murat Gerenlik 4k Ankara TR Pre KHO
46 Nicholas Roussos 4k Nicosia CY Pre NIC
47 Seda Kalaç 4k Ankara TR Pre HÜGOKU
48 Seçkin Boz 4k İzmir TR Pre iytego!
49 Zeynep Dündar 4k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
50 Emine Cengiz 5k İstanbul TR Pre EsGo
51 Emre Duman 5k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
52 Emre Özberk 5k Ankara TR Pre Ankara
53 Ercan Sağol 5k Eskişehir TR Pre EsGo
54 Gönül Kalın 5k Denizli TR Pre EsGo
55 Onur Yumak 5k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
56 Saadet Eryılmaz 5k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
57 Volkan Burç 5k İstanbul TR Pre TGOD
58 Zeynep Değirmenci 5k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
59 Abdullah Kaplan 6k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
60 Caner Demir 6k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
61 Erçin Şentürk 6k Eskişehir TR Pre EsGo
62 Kemal Ökmen 6k Çanakkale TR Pre ÇOMÜ GO
63 Salih Özkan Dursun 6k Antalya TR Pre iytego!
64 Sara Altuntaş 6k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
65 Turgay Zengin 6k Ankara TR Pre Ankara
66 Bülent Akdemir 7k Mersin TR Pre Mersin
67 Fedul Nichita 7k Slobozia RO Pre Olimpia
68 Jan Altu Çalın 7k İstanbul TR Pre EsGo
69 Rahman Pampal 7k İstanbul TR Pre TGOD
70 Tolga İskit 7k Eskişehir TR Pre EsGo
71 Uğur Yıldız 7k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
72 Allen Coliban 8k Brasov RO Pre Tengen
73 Barış Kıyak 8k İzmir TR Pre iytego!
74 Damla Pınar Şengül 8k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
75 Gökhan Sezer 8k Çanakkale TR Pre ÇOMÜ GO
76 Hüseyin Halil Acar 8k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
77 Serap Çoban 8k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
78 Uğur Özkan 8k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
79 Yiğit Ömer Altıntaş 8k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
80 Ömer Talha Kazanç 8k İstanbul TR Pre -
81 Özlem Bayrak 8k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
82 Burak Çakır 9k Eskişehir TR Pre bongo
83 Canan Fakıoğlu 9k İstanbul TR Pre -
84 Dindar Öz 9k İstanbul TR Pre -
85 Doğacan Ege Altunsu 9k İzmir TR Pre YÜGO
86 Eda Karaerkek 9k Nevşehir TR Pre -
87 Florent Merlet 9k İstanbul TR Pre -
88 Gonca Mine Çelik 9k İstanbul TR Pre -
89 Sami Güven 9k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
90 Yılmaz Çalık 9k Ankara TR Pre -
91 İsmail Serter Günay 9k İstanbul TR Pre -
92 A. Hilmi Baycan 10k İstanbul TR Pre -
93 Ahmet Serdar Buhan 10k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
94 Ayşe Deniz Artuner 10k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
95 Figen Koyuncu 10k İstanbul TR Pre BursaGo
96 Gözde Karasoy 10k İstanbul TR Pre MSGSÜGO
97 Kıvanç Özışık 10k İstanbul TR Pre -
98 M. Çağlar Karakurt 10k İzmir TR Pre goizm
99 Milena Metodieva 10k Sofia BG Pre Sofia
100 Senem Sosun 10k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
101 Özgür Günay 10k İstanbul TR Pre MSGSÜGO
102 Erdal Kondakcı 11k İzmir TR Pre iytego!
103 Gözde Taşkın 11k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
104 Semih Kazanç 11k İstanbul TR Pre -
105 Stefan Berner 11k Bern CH Pre Bern
106 Stephane Rolandez 11k İstanbul TR Pre -
107 Ali Cenk Algün 12k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
108 Esra Yegül 12k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
109 Kemal Gülbudak 12k İstanbul TR Pre -
110 Kristian Yashov 12k Sofia BG Pre Sofia
111 Berker Sirman 13k İstanbul TR Pre -
112 Fırat Dülger 13k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
113 Reşit Elçin 13k Bursa TR Pre BursaGo
114 Serkan Aydın 13k Samsun TR Pre iytego!
115 Tülay Feyzula 13k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
116 Kaan Coşkun 14k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
117 Ömer Köktürk 14k İstanbul TR Pre i_stanbul_go
118 Deha Şevik 15k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
119 Özlem Arslanoğlu 15k İstanbul TR Pre -
120 Emil Ivanov 16k Sofia BG Pre Sofia
121 Mustafa Gündem 16k İstanbul TR Pre -
122 Ozan Can Özübal 16k İstanbul TR Pre -
123 Burak Düzekin 17k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
124 Goncagül Yılmaz 18k İstanbul TR Pre igoku
125 Crina Novac 19k Brasov RO Pre Tengen
126 Efe Bozkır 19k İzmir TR Pre igoku
127 Seçil Kurbal 20k Ankara TR Pre ODTÜ
128 Zeynel Bilge Göze 20k İstanbul TR Pre -
129 Ziya Çobanoğlu 20k Antalya TR Pre MSGSÜGO
130 Mert Mungan 25k İstanbul TR Pre TÜYÇEV
131 Ulaş Mısırlıoğlu 25k İstanbul TR Pre TÜYÇEV
132 Volkan Yaşayan 25k İstanbul TR Pre TGOD
133 Cem Bali 30k İstanbul TR Pre -
134 Cemil Bağış 30k İstanbul TR Pre -
135 Evren Serpel 30k İstanbul TR Pre -
136 Merve Akmuslu 30k Denizli TR Pre bongo
137 Ruya Khanzade 30k Ankara TR Pre HÜGOKU
138 Yeliz Ertuğ 30k İstanbul TR Pre -
139 Özgür Özkaya 30k İstanbul TR Pre -
140 Fatma İrem Yılmaz 35k Konya TR Pre -
141 Tolga Çevik 35k Ankara TR Pre -

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