Canadian Open Online 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - Sunday, October 31, 2021

Director: Ron Mackenzie
Location: Online
Registration Closes: Thursday, October 21, 2021



Welcome to the Canadian Open 2021! We've decided that once again we will hold the tournament online this year, and I hope this means that many players from all over will be able to participate. The tournament will take place over two weekends; October 23-24 and 30-31st. We learned many lessons from the tournament last year and hope to assemble a smooth, competitive and fun experience for all our participants.



If you are unable to play in any of the rounds you will be able to request a bye. The deadline for requesting a bye will be communicated to players in advance. Byes may impact prize eligibility.





  1. Login to the CGA website (if you do not have an account, please create one by clicking Register at the top right of this page).
  2. Please complete the following form to submit some additional information: Registration Form
  3. You can pay the registration fee any of the following ways -- please indicate in the comments for which players the entry fee is to cover:
    1. E-transfer: [email protected]
    2. Paypal: [email protected]
    3. WeChat: bradybei (exchange rate of 5.3 RMB to 1 CAD)



Games will be coordinated using Baduk Club. We will be doing testing on the platform in advance of the event to make sure the event runs smoothly. Please make an account on Baduk Club before the tournament.

Before the event there will be an email sent out to all players with a link that will allow them to link their Baduk Club account to their OGS account. This will allow Baduk Club to create the pairings directly on OGS. Instructions on exactly how to link your account will be available soon.

For communication, we will use the OGS Canadian Open Online 2021 Room. You will be able to message the tournament directors there.



We are pleased to announce that Yoonyoung Kim 8p will be providing two review periods during the Canadian Open 2021. She will be available at 7PM EST on the 24th and 30th on her Twitch channel here: Players will be able to join her stream to watch reviews and share their games for her expert analysis, simply share the OGS links with her in the chat.

Additionally, Ryan Li 3p will be offering a lecture on the New York Institute of Go Youtube channel on October 23rd, at 7:30PM-9:30PM EST based on one of the games from the open division of the tournament.



Games will be played on OGS. Please create an OGS account prior to registering for the tournament. Note that Pair Go will be played on KGS, more details to follow as we get closer to the tournament.




Tournament Structure

The tournament will be divided into divisions, sorted by ranks and the number of players at each rank. The open division will be open to players who are 5D and above, and will compete for cash prizes. The other divisions will be announced closer to the event, as we know the ranks of the players who have registered.


Tournament Integrity

Players may not use any form of outside assistance in the tournament. This includes AI, books, joseki dictionaries, game databases, other players, etc.

In the open division, as players are competing for cash prizes, players are required to have a video stream of their playing environment. This video stream will need to be captured by another device "over the shoulder" and must include the player and the screen on which they are playing. We will provide more detailed instructions on how to set up and configure a video feed as we get closer to the tournament date. If you have any concerns about how to set this up, please reach out to the tournament organizers for details.

Additionally we will have games reviewed for suspicious play as required, by tournament director discretion, by Antti Törmänen 1p. It is very difficult to prove that someone has been using outside. Therefore, if after review, we believe with high likelihood that someone has used outside assistance, that player will be required to withdraw from the tournament. By joining this event, players agree to withdraw at the organizers' request due to strong suspicion of outside assistance. Thank you for your understanding.

In the other division, video streams are not required, but players are still expected to respect the tournament and their opponents and may not use any outside assistance. Game records will be available on OGS for review in case of any suspicious games.


Video Streaming

In the open division, as players are competing for cash prizes, players are required to have a video stream of their playing environment. This video stream will need to be captured by another device "over the shoulder" and must include the player and the screen on which they are playing. We will provide more detailed instructions on how to set up and configure a video feed as we get closer to the tournament date. If you have any concerns about how to set this up, please reach out to the tournament organizers for details.

We will use Zoom as a platform for players in the open division to stream their playing area to each other. To use the platform, review the following steps:

  1. Download the application from onto the device that will be streaming your playing area. You do not need to make an account.
  2. Before the tournament starts the Zoom meeting link will be shared with all players. Use that to join the meeting room for the tournament. Please use your name on Zoom so that tournament admins know who is who! Additional directions are available here:
  3. There will be breakout rooms created for players to use. Tournament admins will manually assign players into breakout rooms according to pairings.
  4. When the match is finished, please leave the breakout room and meeting, and remember to turn off your microphone and camera.
  5. Tournament admins may periodically join breakout rooms at random to survey the video streams for each player.
  6. If you have any technical difficulties please reach out to the tournament admin as soon as possible!

It is recommended that you install Zoom the day before the tournament and test it out in advance of the tournament.


Prizes will be funded from tournament registration fees and sponsor donations. Last year the open division awarded $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third, but please keep in mind that this will depend on how many players register for the event. We have thankfully been donated a number of prizes for this tournament! The distribution of these across tournament divisions will be announced closer to the tournament.

Generous sponsors have donated the following as prizes, please visit them to learn more:

European Go Journal Logo

European Go Journal: 5x 3 Month digital subscriptions to the European Go Journal, a monthly journal covering European and International Go news, as well as game commentaries, interviews and more.



 Awesome Baduk Logo

Awesome Baduk: 5x Basic memberships (2 months each) and 2x Awesome memberships (2 months each). Awesome Baduk is a new online go school from Yeon Woo Cho 2p and Young Sun Yoon 8p delivering video courses and individual study plans.



BenKyo Tutoring Logo

BenKyo Tutoring: 3x 1.5 hour 1-on-1 lessons with Ben Mantle, CGA 5D and experienced Go teacher.



Stoned On The Goban Logo

Stoned On The Goban: Camille Lévêque has been producing Go themed art since 2019, and for the Canadian Open 2021 she has donated one personalized digital illustration (eg. a player avatar) and one of either a T-shirt, Kifu notebook, or poster from her online shop.



Go Magic Logo

Go Magic: Go Magic has donated 1x Gold Membership (1-year), and 12x $35 gift certificates to be used on the platform. Go Magic combines interactive lessons, thorough videos on a range of topics, and a structured learning skill tree help players in their studies.




New York Institute of Go: The NYIG has donated one lecture to the tournament, and one lecture as a prize for players! The NYIG is a group of professional players offering lectures and classes to students of all ages.



 We-Go Logo

We-Go Club: We-Go club has donated lessons and teaching games to our players. We-Go offers lessons, tournaments, and organizes go activities all over to spread Go across North America.


Pair Go

The Pair Go tournament will be used to award points for selection for the Canadian team into the Pair Go World Cup in Japan. In order to earn points, players must both be Canadian citizens. Players who are not Canadian are welcome to join the event, but only Canadian teams will be able to earn points for selection.

The Pair Go event will be run on KGS on Oct 31st. Please note that Shin-KGS does not support Pair Go and you must use the "classic" KGS client, available here. More details on this will be shared with participants prior to the event.



If there are any questions about any the above, please reach out to the tournament director via email at [email protected] I wish everyone the best of luck in the event!


115 Players Registered

Registered Players

Name Rank Certificate City Date Registered
Ryan Li 8d Surrey Oct 17, 2021
Kevin Yang 7d Temecula Oct 14, 2021
Guanyu Song 7d Toronto Sep 10, 2021
Zhengbokang Tang 7d Superior Oct 02, 2021
Brady Zhang 7d Vancouver Sep 30, 2021
Alexander Qi 7d Green brook Oct 15, 2021
Tony Zhao 6d Toronto Oct 16, 2021
James Sun 6d Surrey Sep 12, 2021
Aaron Chen 6d Richmond Oct 07, 2021
Zhiyuan Zhang 6d Vienna va Sep 28, 2021
Wing Him Cheung 5d Thronhill Oct 05, 2021
Ben Mantle 5d Toronto Oct 02, 2021
Jianqiu Chen 5d Montreal Sep 09, 2021
Nate Morse 5d Fairport Oct 15, 2021
Zhiqiang Zhang 5d Coquitlam Oct 15, 2021
Qingbo Zhang 5d Fairfax Oct 16, 2021
Yuxin Fu 5d Toronto Sep 14, 2021
HJ (Hejun) Cai 5d Scarborough Sep 11, 2021
Haoran Wang 5d Coventry Sep 30, 2021
Minggao Liang 4d Niagara-on-the-lake Sep 10, 2021
Shan Lu 4d Richmond Oct 15, 2021
Roy Tong 4d Surrey Sep 14, 2021
Juanshu Lan 4d Austin Sep 09, 2021
Yifei Sun 4d Toronto Sep 12, 2021
Cheuk To Tsui 4d Chicago Oct 02, 2021
Mani Sanford 4d Lansing, mi Oct 06, 2021
Langhoupu Suo 4d Richmond Oct 14, 2021
Joel Kenny 4d Waterloo Oct 21, 2021
Minhao Shen 4d Vancouver Oct 07, 2021
Henry Chen 3d Ottawa Oct 10, 2021
Wanqi Zhu 3d New york Oct 14, 2021
Hugo Lee 3d Regina Sep 29, 2021
Junhyuk Lee 3d Burnaby Oct 17, 2021
Chase Lin 3d Forest hills Oct 02, 2021
King Bi 3d San clemente Oct 06, 2021
Wenyong Chen 3d Edmonton Oct 16, 2021
Chris Li 3d Surrey Oct 18, 2021
Crane Kuo 3d 2d Waterloo Sep 27, 2021
Ben Gong 2d Surrey Oct 16, 2021
Helcio Alexandre Pacheco 2d Campinas Oct 05, 2021
Albert Tang 2d Troy Oct 15, 2021
Jonathan Buss 2d Waterloo Oct 17, 2021
Kevin Xu 2d Austin Oct 19, 2021
Anji Wang 2d Kanata Oct 20, 2021
Zane Li 2d Calgary Oct 18, 2021
Heechan Choi 2d Montreal Oct 12, 2021
Lucas Lu 1d Bellevue Oct 14, 2021
Jason Liu 1d 1k Vancouver Sep 09, 2021
Ron Mackenzie 1d Ottawa Oct 10, 2021
Joseph Levasseur 1d Québec Sep 23, 2021
Victoria Xie 1d Watchung Oct 07, 2021
Hang Shi 1d Regina Oct 16, 2021
Samantha Soo 1d New hyde park Sep 26, 2021
Jerry Ju 1d Bayside Oct 17, 2021
Grace Chen 1d Ottawa Oct 10, 2021
Andy Zhou 1k Corona Sep 27, 2021
Yue Bond 1k Vancuver Oct 03, 2021
Zhiyi Zeng 1k Cobourg Oct 21, 2021
Derek Etherton 1k Vancouver Oct 03, 2021
Kevin Li 1k Toronto Sep 28, 2021
Pei Jia 1k Surrey Sep 09, 2021
Maxime Paiement 2k Cowansville Sep 11, 2021
Renan Pablo Rodrigues da Cruz 2k São paulo Sep 12, 2021
Mathieu Lalonde 2k Ottawa Sep 20, 2021
Jerry Yu 2k 6k Newmarket Oct 20, 2021
Jiaqi Lin 3k 10k Toronto Sep 13, 2021
Lucas Lin 3k Toronto Oct 17, 2021
Zacharie Dostaler 3k Montreal Sep 15, 2021
Yulissa Lu 3k Bellevue Oct 18, 2021
Jesse Bourret-Gheysen 4k London Sep 09, 2021
Shiny Zhao 4k Surrey Oct 15, 2021
Tai-An Cha 4k Tracy Oct 14, 2021
Thomas Jiang 4k 4k Vancouver Sep 09, 2021
Avik Hardy 5k Lake oswego Oct 16, 2021
Della Tang 5k Troy Oct 15, 2021
Kevin Su 5k Richmond Sep 19, 2021
Kai Lan 5k Austin Oct 13, 2021
David Rohlfing 5k Dublin Oct 15, 2021
Abigail Chen 5k Yorba linda Oct 18, 2021
Alex Zhuang 5k Mason Oct 19, 2021
Matthew Redman 5k Quinte west Oct 17, 2021
Angel Zhou 5k Corona Sep 27, 2021
Eason Tang 5k 5k Vancouver Oct 02, 2021
Steven Bertrand 6k Hannover Oct 01, 2021
Echo Yao 6k Richmond Sep 24, 2021
Anna Zhou 6k Corona Sep 27, 2021
Sun Woo 6k Toronto Oct 18, 2021
Jiayin Huang 7k Toronto Oct 21, 2021
Peter Wu 7k Surrey Sep 20, 2021
Terri Schurter 7k Ewing Oct 16, 2021
Leon Leyuan Xu 8k Surrey Sep 16, 2021
Matt Xiong 8k Austin Oct 16, 2021
Al Robinson 8k Ottawa Oct 02, 2021
Daniel Wu 9k 8k Richmond Sep 27, 2021
Eric Kuksin 9k 8k Calgary Oct 16, 2021
Gonzo H 9k Ciudad autonoma de buenos aires Oct 10, 2021
Jiankun (Jack) Huang 9k Edmonton Sep 09, 2021
Wenyong LUO 9k 5k Waterloo Oct 03, 2021
Hongxuan Li 10k Richmond Oct 12, 2021
Andy Boan Cui 10k Waterloo Sep 12, 2021
David Fang 10k Troy Oct 16, 2021
Lucas Xing 12k Richmond Sep 14, 2021
Aaron Hourie 13k Halifax Oct 16, 2021
Simon Li 13k 10k Newmarket Oct 15, 2021
Ran Qi 13k Mississauga Sep 10, 2021
Frieda Fan 14k Delta Sep 28, 2021
Oliver Shen 14k Richmond Sep 26, 2021
Ethan Cao 15k Pepper pike Oct 14, 2021
Evan Lalonde 15k Ottawa Sep 20, 2021
Roland Bijvank 16k Utrecht Oct 20, 2021
Jay Gee 16k Oct 21, 2021
Andy Li 17k Mason Oct 16, 2021
Zekai Jiang 19k Langley Oct 06, 2021
Melody Liu 19k Mason Oct 17, 2021
ANDRE CHENG 25k Los angeles Oct 16, 2021

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