Ladder Legend - 2020

And so it begins…

I am pleased to announce that ‘Ladder Legend’ will be extended to all three board sizes next year.

Ladder Legend 9x9 - 2020
Ladder Legend 13x13 - 2020
Ladder Legend 19x19 - 2020

To have a chance of competing in one of these tournaments; you need to be in the top 30 of the Ladder on the 9th Jan 2020. To guarantee entry, you need to be in the top 8 (see below).

Format is eight-person single-elimination so like the game we love, there is little or no room for mistakes. Clock settings and rules are the same as for the site ladders.

To qualify as a spectator all you need is a love of Go.

The most unique aspect of these tournaments is the incremental invitational process. Enthusiastic participation made this process more successful and less effortful than I had feared so I am only tweaking the process slightly for next year:

Invitational Process for 'Ladder Legend' 2020

On the 9th of January 2020, I will take a snapshot of the ladder and send invitations to the top 8 players. Each day thereafter, I will send additional invitations equal to the number of vacancies+1 until the tournament is full, working down the snapshot-list no further than position 30.

If you receive an invitation, decide quickly. The top eight will get ~24hrs to decide but thereafter the additional invitees could miss out as those above make late acceptances.

Please note that if you close your invitation without accepting or declining, then a bug prevents me from reissuing it and you will need to pm me if you wish to join.

The essence of the system remains. The higher up the ladder you are, the better your chances are of being able to participate.


@gamesorry, @anoek OGS, please consider recognising/adding ‘Ladder Legend’ to the official Title Tournaments.

Those members of OGS who maintain a strong position on the ladders are site benefactors. They receive repeated, unrelenting challenges from those below in a spirit of sportsmanlike generosity (often playing games out much quicker than required by the rules). That deserves some kind of recognition. I once joked with Vortex by comparing his position at the top to that of “The Gunfighter”(1950).

I feel greatly encouraged by the inaugural event. Participation has been more enthusiastic than I imagined and the first round has yielded exciting, quality games with no disqualifications or timeouts.

While the tournaments themselves are small, the use of the ladders for the preliminaries makes the effort of winning a ‘Ladder Legend’ comparable to existing Title Tournaments.

It is my firm belief that OGS can do more than provide banner-links to events elsewhere. As a community we can and do host, participate, commentate and spectate exciting quality events right here.

So I invite all the OGS community to consider this proposal and to contribute to its success in whatever ways appeal most to you.

For Your Consideration, Kosh
‘And so it begins’…(gratuitous 6sec Kosh voice)

[Edit] Please note that bots are ineligible for these tournaments.


Sounds a great idea! I once thought of creating Kisei title that uses certain preliminary tournaments to select the finalists to participate in a single elimination to decide the winner, and your idea looks quite feasible. One thing I think title tournaments feature is the connection across the cycles (through title matches), here we don’t necessarily need a title match, but maybe we can invite the current title holder into the next edition as well.

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January 2020 looks so far away… :slightly_frowning_face:

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In the world of correspondence tournaments it’s the mere blink of an eye…



Here they are. Our contenders for Ladder Legend Glory in 2020.

The 9x9 tournament filled up astonishingly quickly and includes last years guest commentator mark5000. The first eight invitees all accepted within hours meaning that #9 didn’t even receive an invite! For the mid-size board, invitations reached #13 and for the more intimidating full size board, invitations sent out over six days reached down the ladder as far as #20.

There are three contenders for a possible “Ladder Legend Hat Trick”. Sadaharu, e577901696 and earlgreyhot are enrolled in all three tournaments.

I wish all contenders “Good Games” and invite the rest of us mere mortals to enjoy spectating/kibitzing them. :grin:

Here are the links again:
Ladder Legend 9x9 - 2020
Ladder Legend 13x13 - 2020
Ladder Legend 19x19 - 2020


Oh, here we are! :grinning:

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Ladder Legend 9x9 - 2020 concluded!

Thankyou to all participants and I would like to say that I found the seven games to be an instructive and diverse collection.

Congratulations to Sadaharu on a consecutive win making him
Sadaharu [Ladder Legend 9x9] x2 in addition to many other titles!

The 13x13 competition is into it’s second round and the 19x19 tournament is nearing the end of the first round. Lady Luck threw a curve ball in the 19x19 by pitching our two 9d+ entrants against each other in the first round!


Ladder Legend 13x13 - 2020 concluded:

Thankyou to all participants and congratulations to Sadaharu on winning the inaugural Ladder Legend 13x13.

Both finals (9x9 & 13x13) were contested by earlgreyhot and Sadaharu with earlgreyhot picking up two hard-won silvers.

19x19 Update:

As previously mentioned, ‘Lady Luck threw a curve ball in the 19x19 by pitching our two 9d+ entrants against each other in the first round!’ Victory in that game by 1.5pts leaves Sadaharu still in contention for a “Ladder Legend Hat Trick”.

After a slow first round of over 6 months, I abandoned hope of having a result to post before Ladder Legend 2021 begins. However, due to a resignation from the tournament by Shirozora and a super-fast semi-final by isor and e577901696 (two and a half days), we are now into the final of the 19x19 title:

Stay tuned or bookmark it as I have. :smiley:


…and the moral of the story here is, ‘Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.’

Ladder Legend 19x19 - 2020 concluded:

Thankyou to all participants and congratulations to isor on winning the inaugural Ladder Legend 19x19.


So hyped for 2021.Also can you make a ddk ladder tournament and a sdk one too which to qualify you need to get top eight in a ddk and sdk ladder in a ddk and sdk group

What happened in this Ladder Legend Tournament is so confusing at the bottom?