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Pandanet-AGA City League Rules Year 9

Pandanet-AGA City League Plan Season 9

Goals and Purposes:

The principal purposes of this tournament are (1) to provide training and competition for AGA players (2) to promote Internet Go using the Pandanet platform; and (3) to create a venue for seeking and encouraging regional sponsorship of Go in North America.
League Rules and Regulations
This section lays out all rules and regulations of the league functions and play. The tournament format is single round robin.


A league – 8 teams
B league – 8 teams
C league – 8 teams
D League – 4 teams (handicap league)

League Season

1st: January 1st, 2013 – August 15th, 2013
2nd: September 1st, 2013 – August 15th, 2014
3rd: October 1st, 2014 – August 15th, 2015
4th: August 1st, 2015 – August 1st, 2016
5th: August 1st, 2016 – August 5th, 2017
6th: August 5th, 2017 – August 1st 2018
7th: September 10th, 2018 – August 1st, 2019
8th: September 9th 2019 – August 1st, 2020
9th: September 5th 2020 – August 1st, 2021

Teams will consist of 5 players, 3 of which are the main team players, with two players acting as alternate in case one or two of the 3 main players are unable to play a round.

Team Consistency
Team roster is to remain unchanged for the entire season; no transfer, hiring, or firing of playing members is allowed during the season. If an issue in regard to this is raised, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the TD. If the TD grants a change in roster, the new player must be within 1 rank of the player that they are replacing. Beginning from the close of the first season, it is the city / regional team that retains its ranking in the League. Should a player from any team move away or not wish to continue playing in the league for the following season, the city / regional team may replace that player. The change in average rank resulting from player rating improvement, decline, or replacement does not affect the standing of the team.

Professional and amateur players with full or youth AGA or CGA membership from the beginning of each League Season. AGA or CGA membership is to be maintained continuously throughout the season. Players must be residents in the city or region that the team represents before the beginning of the League Season, with no plans to move away during the season. If moving to another city becomes necessary during the League Season, that player may finish the season with his / her original team, but may not continue to play for that city /regional team in the following seasons. Players must have full or youth AGA or CGA membership by November 10, 2020 in order to participate in Season 9.

College Students
Players who are of collegiate age must reside in the city of which they play. If the player lives in their university during the summers they are not allowed to play for their home city, they must play for the city in which they reside. If you have moved for an internship longer than six months, you should play for the team where you are living. If your university has moved to online only learning you should play for the city in which you are actually living.

Team Placement
Placement of teams in the A and B league for the opening season (2012/2013) will be based upon combined AGA rank of the 3 main playing team members as of December 20th. Placement for all subsequent seasons will be based on the final standings of the preceding season. The close of every season, the bottom ranked team from the A league will move to the B league, and the top ranked team from the B league will move to the A league. Similarly, the bottom ranked team from the B league will move to the C league, and the top ¬ranked team from the C league will be promoted to the B league.

New Team Entry
New teams organized after the initial season may enter the C league without contestation. If they wish to place into the higher leagues, there will be a qualifier tournament before the beginning of every season where they can potentially win a spot as the bottom seed in the B league. If this is not achieved, they will be entered into the C league. In order to advance to the A league, a team must progress from the B league.

Game Rules
AGA rules, 7.5 komi
60 minutes basic time
25 moves in 10 minutes Canadian byo-yomi
The Finals will be 60 minutes basic time, 5 periods of 30 seconds Japanese byo-yomi

All games will be played on Pandanet in the AGA City League Room
The lowest League (C or D depending on year) games will be played on Pandanet in the AGA City League Room (Manual). This room will set handicaps. The AGA City League room will not set handicaps.
In each round, 3 games will be played: 3 playing members of team x versus 3 playing members from team y. Any team with at least 2 out of 3 winning players wins that round.

Main players are seeded based on their rating at the start of each League season (November 15, 2020) When two teams play, the first seeds from the two teams play, the second seeds from the two teams play, and the third seeds from the two teams play.
In the event that the alternate player must replace one of the main players, that player will play on the board that the main player would have played on. Alternates should be used in the case the main player cannot reschedule the match in a timely manner.
The Lowest League will play games with handicap -2 in the AGA City League (Manual) room.

Schedule of Rounds

All games will be played at the default time of 3pm Eastern Time on the scheduled day of the round. Please note that default times are scheduled to avoid 3-day weekends, holidays, or other major Go events we know about at this time.

Round 1: December 6, 2020
Round 2: January 10, 2021
Round 3: January 31, 2021
Round 4: February 21, 2021
Round 5: March 21, 2021
Round 6: April 18, 2021
Round 7: May 23, 2021
Final A League Round: August / US Go Congress

Team Captain
The team captains for each team will coordinate availability and scheduling for his/her team and be the point of contact between his or her team and the TD. As such, the team captain is responsible for receiving and, if necessary, forwarding emails any pertinent information to his or her players. The TD shall not be responsible for contacting individual players, and any issues or questions that players wish to raise with the TD should be raised by their team captain.

Game Scheduling
The pairings for the entire season are immediately available. For any rounds, players (through their Team captains) that can agree to a mutual time to play their game may do so with the following conditions:
1) All games that are scheduled outside of the schedule above MUST be rescheduled at least 4 days prior to the round’s play date.
2) Such a scheduled game may not be played more than 1 month before the round AND no later than the next round, with the following exception. For all leagues, no game can be scheduled after June 6.
3) If for any reason the round has not been scheduled to a time other than the default, the opposing teams will report to play at the designated default time. Should any players not report for the game, they will forfeit the round following a 30 minute grace period.
Following the guidelines in scheduling rules 1, 2, and 3 above, games may be scheduled at the team’s convenience.
4) If a round has been rescheduled by the team captains, the TD MUST be informed of the date and time of the games when they are agreed upon. For purposes of the leagues, a game that is played without the TD’s advance knowledge will not be admissible as a tournament game result.
Exceptions can be requested for rules 1 and 2, but a good reason must be provided.

Policies against AI Cheating:
If irregularities are suspected the game will be checked against an AI program for probability of moves by the Tournament Director. If there is any question on the game it will be sent to the AGA National Tournament Coordinator (ANTC) for review. The ANTC may utilize resources to check with professionals or other high rated amateurs. Throughout the season games will be randomly spot checked against an AI program. Games not played during the normal scheduled time will be checked more closely. Games with analysis may be shared with national TDs or stronger players if additional checks are needed. Selected games from each round will be sent to the team captains with the analysis.

If anyone is caught cheating the following will occur: The player will be banned from any Pandanet AGA City League tournament in the future. The team will be disqualified immediately. If the team was eligible for a prize, they will not be for this season.

This plan for cheating may be added to or changed based on Pandanet’s or the AGA’s guidance throughout the year.

Detailed Plan
This section details a plan for the logistics of the fourth season including budget, staffing, and procedures.
The total budget requested from Pandanet is $18,000. Of this, There will be a $500 AGA administrative cost for the 2020-2021 year. The remainder will fund prizes, final round travel costs, and any other league expenses.
Sponsorship of $5,000 or higher per year for a team qualifies the sponsor for naming right for the team.

A League:
Winner = 5,000
Second = 2,500
Third = 1,000
Fourth = 750
Fifth = 500
B League:
Winner = 1,500
Second = 1000
Third = 750
Fourth = 400
C League:
Winner = 400
Second = 200
Total cash prizes: $14,000

Remaining Budget

The remaining budget of $4,000 will be used for any expenses relating to the final round at the US Go Congress 2021 including travel costs for 6 players (3 from each competing team) and one Tournament Director who will run the final round, as well as signs, other prizes, and venue costs if necessary. $500 will be used for game promotion throughout the year.


Tournament Director – Steve Colburn
Pandanet ID – Vash3g

TD of the leagues will be responsible for main league functions including pairings, mediation of disputes, enforcement of rules and regulations, and selection of winners. It will be the responsibility of the TD to submit all expenses and final reports regarding the final round and end of season prizes to the AGA Treasurer or to appoint a volunteer for this responsibility. The TD will also oversee league managers and other league volunteers and delegate responsibility as necessary and appropriate.

League Managers

Each league should have a league manager. It is the responsibility of the league managers to be the contact point between the Tournament Director and their respective league. They are responsible for facilitating rescheduling of rounds if necessary between team captains according to the scheduling regulations and reporting these reschedule times to the Tournament Director. It is also the responsibility of the league manager to be online to monitor league games at the default time each month, as well as rescheduled times if possible, and to report game results to the Tournament Director. The league manager will enforce the league rules and regulations. Any disputes that cannot be resolved by the league manager will go to the Tournament Director for a final decision.

Consult and Oversight

As an AGA tournament, oversight for the leagues will be provided by the National Tournament Coordinator, the AGA, and Pandanet.
Updated 3/1/2021