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2021 New York Youth Open
Saturday, August 7, 2021. Online: AGA Tournament Room on KGS
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What is the New York Youth Open?

The New York Youth Open (NYYO) is a 4-round open youth tournament hosted by the New York Go Association (NYGA) for all young players at all levels who are under 18 years old. Starting in 2017, the NYYO provides easy access to high standard formal tournaments.

Eligibility: All of the participants must be under 18 years old by the date of the tournament. There is NO rank requirement to enter. Players with no rank may register as 25 kyu. All players must be a current AGA, CGA, or MGA members. Players whose ranks at their associations are out of date, but have a solid KGS rank with at least 10 most recent games may enter. Pre-registration is required.

Note: Higher divisions will carry higher prizes. All the participants must at least register at their most recent rank. Players may register in a higher rank to challenge themselves. Sandbagging activity is strictly prohibited. The tournament director holds the right to ban players who register false information.

Non-refundable Commitment Fee: $20. The commitment fee will go to the online opening ceremony, administration, referee, and the anti-AI technical team in order to cover the costs to run and analyze selected games. We intend to provide the best tournament experience to all of our participants. The commitment fee will help the administration, referee, and Anti-AI technical team to prepare for their work in advance. The commitment fee also discourages forfeiting.


Opening Ceremony: 

We will have a short and greeting online ceremony. All participants can start joining the opening ceremony at 11:30 - 11:45 AM EDT on Saturday, August 7, 2021.  

Topic: 2021 New York Youth Open Tournament 

Time: Aug 7, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 868 5870 8431

Passcode: 514891


Top three players in all divisions receive certificates and trophies. In order to be eligible for a prize, all players must compete in all four rounds. All participants that complete all rounds will receive a 1-month free subscription (worth $9.99) to the NYIG_Go YouTube Channel, silver tier membership. More information can be found here: and


Tournament schedule: Saturday August 7, 2021

  • Opening Ceremony: 11:45 AM EDT, please join between 11:30-11:45 AM EDT. 

  • 1st Round: 12:00 PM EDT

  • 2nd Round: 2:00 PM EDT

  • 3rd Round: 4:00 PM EDT

  • 4th Round: 6:00 PM EDT



  • AGA rules, 19 by 19 board, 30 minutes, 3x30 seconds byo-yomi

  • Undo: undo is not allowed. You are responsible for your own misclicks.

  • Chatting: No chatting is permitted. The only exceptions are: (1) greetings and (2) saying thank you.

  • Paring: Swiss-style pairing. All games are even with no handicaps.

  • Brackets: All brackets will be divided by ranks. The number of brackets will depend on the number and ranks of participants.

  • Venue: AGA tournament room on KGS

  • Final Standing: Final standings will be determined using the total number of wins. Tiebreakers are resolved using the Sum of Opponent’s Scores (SOS) and further by Sum of Defeated Opponent’s Scores (SODOS).

  • Punctuality: all players are expected to be on time. A player will forfeit the game if he or she is more than 15 minutes late. If you win by forfeit, please wait for tournament director’s confirmation before leaving. Otherwise, the result is marked as a tie.

  • Result confirmation: The result of a game must be agreed by both players. If the game finishes normally, the winner MUST send a personal message to the TD on KGS, with the results being clearly stated.

  • Disconnection: If a player leaves without finishing a game, the opponent should report to the tournament director immediately. A disconnection that lasts 10 minutes or more will also result in forfeit.

  • Anti-AI Rule: The use of AI is strictly prohibited.

Tournament video requirements:

All participants are required to join the zoom call. To help reduce the possibility of AI or outside assistance, we highly recommend that all players complete the full camera setup below. If you are unable to complete the camera setup, in the rare case of reports, all decisions are non-disputable and left to the TD. Players are responsible for their own technical issues during the tournament. 

Throughout the tournament, join and remain in the 2021 New York Youth Open Tournament Zoom meeting room:; Meeting ID: 868 5870 8431; Passcode: 514891. Please adhere to the full camera setup requirements below. 

The camera must clearly capture:

  • face: only medical electronic devices are allowed

  • hands: must be visible on screen at all times

  • computer screen: the game and the video call are the only applications open

  • Players cannot communicate with anyone during games unless in emergencies. If you notice any suspicious activity, please immediately report to the TD by private message or the "raise hand" feature.

If you suspect your opponent uses AI, please complete the game as normal and report to the tournament director after the game. The tournament director may not intervene in ongoing games but may use the game records as evidence of the investigation. The tournament director could initiate an investigation with or without any reports received. If a player had been found highly suspicious, the tournament director reserves the right to dismiss the results and ban the player from the tournament. Most of the commitment fee is used in the administration and Anti-AI investigation systems. We have one of the strongest AI analysis tools to monitor your games. If the similarity of the entire game matches 50% or more, it is considered highly suspicious of AI usage. The TD team may then make the final decision based on the results of the analysis and historical game records of the player.


We will be using the strongest AI analysis tool, Golaxy ( to monitor the tournament. Top US and Canadian players, with an AI expert from Golaxy, will serve as the Arbitration Committee to make the final decision if the similarity of the entire game matches 50% or more. A similarity matching 70% or more is equivalent to professional play. The similarity matches 60% is equivalent to at least AGA 7d.

The registration deadline is August 4, 2021.

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