Tournament Outline

Organizers : Japan Pair Go Association
Special Cooperation : Nihon Ki-in
Cooperated : Kansai Ki-in / Go Weekly / Japan Go Federation
With a support of : Yomiuri Shimbun
Sponsors : Gurunavi, Inc. / East Japan Railway Company / Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. /
Tokyo Metro Urban Development Co., Ltd. / QTnet / NEC Corporation /
Nomura Securities Co.,Ltd. / Yamazaki Baking Co.,Ltd. / Japan Freight Railway Company /
Pandanet Inc. / NKB Inc. / NKB Y's INC.

Tournament Outline

16 pairs of male and female professional Go players who represent the Japanese Go world will play tournament games, and in the 4th round, the winning pair will be decided. Games from the 1st round to the 2nd round will be played at the Nihon Ki-in on February 8, Semifinals and the final game will be played at the Nihon Ki-in on March 1.


The winning pair will be awarded the title of "Professional Pair Go Champions," a trophy, and prize money.


This is a four-round knockout tournament, with pairings in the first round made by drawing lots. All games are played on even, with Black giving a komi of 6.5 points. The time allowance is 30 seconds per move plus ten minutes of thinking time, to be used in one-minute units.


Date February 8(Sat.) 2020 March 1(Sun.) 2020
Round Round 1 / Round 2 Semifinals / Final
Selection number 16 pairs / 32 players 8 pairs / 16 players
(Japan time)
13:00 - Opening ceremony
13:30 - Round 1
16:00 - Round 2
13:00 - Opening ceremony
13:30 - Semifinals
16:00 - Final
Venue Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo)

* Time is subject to change depending on circumstances.