WAGC points are the points awarded to placegetters in official (national and club) Go tournaments in New Zealand, used at the conclusion of each annual NZ Open for determining who represents New Zealand at the following year's WAGC.

Details of points systemEdit

In the November 1986 issue of the NZ Go Journal, there appeared

“A proposal regarding the position of NZGS team manager and NZGS games representative to the World Amateur Go Championship”

In 1987 a motion was passed at the AGM of the NZ Go Society to introduce a points system to decide who would represent NZ at the WAGC. That system was defined in the NZ Go Journal of March 1988 and has remained substantially the same since then.

It allocated points to the top six places at the NZ congress (10, 7, 5, 3, 2, 1) and points for the top four places at regional tournaments (4, 3, 2, 1). It also introduced the principle of only using final points not “sum of opponents scores” (SOS) to decide on finishing position in tournaments. The Go Journal also described how the system worked:

“Points will be accumulated throughout the year, ending with the NZ Go Championships. At that time, the New Zealand representative to the WAGC shall be the person with the most points who wishes to go. After this has been determined, 25% will be deducted from each person’s points, with a further 33 deducted from the WAGC representative.”

This established the principle of deduction of a fixed amount from the points of the representative and an annual depreciation of all points. This has continued since then, with occasional alterations to the amount deducted (-22.5 in 1995 and -30 in 2002).

In theory, any club affiliated to the NZGS, which by definition of the NZGS constitution must contain at least five members, can run a tournament attracting points. In practice, only clubs in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin have done so.

See alsoEdit

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