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  Burning Board 2024, June 17-23

Registration closed at 6 PM EST on Sunday, June 16, 2024

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The 2024 Burning Board Go Festival is happening June 17 through June 23 at Camp Lapihio in Umstead State Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. We will enjoy a week of Go in a beautiful natural setting, highlighted by a 3 day, 6 game AGA rated tournament. There will also be workshops, simuls and lectures, plenty of self-paired rated or unrated games, a separate 1 day (Saturday) tournament, camaraderie and toasted marshmallows.

Workshops and game reviews will be conducted by renowned teacher and author Yuan Zhou on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as Sunday morning. Well-known youtube teacher and Korean Pro Eunkyu Do 1P will also be providing lectures, simuls and game reviews. Participation in these activities alone are worth much more than the price of admission.

Spend the week onsite in a primitive cabin or offsite in your home or motel.

Lunch will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Registrants are responsible for all other meals. There are numerous outdoor grills available for use, as well as a full mess hall kitchen. There are also a number of restaurants and grocery stores within a few miles of the park.

Any participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants are encouraged to camp onsite. We have 29 primitive cabins available. These cabins can sleep from one to four people, but do not have water, electricity, air conditioning, or any linens. Only 10 cabins are available for single occupancy or 2 day stays. Cabin campers should bring bedding or sleeping bags and flashlights. Camp Lapihio will be available to us at 3 PM on Monday, June 17, and early arrivals are welcome although scheduled activities won't begin until Thursday, June 20. Cabins do not have locks, so please either don't bring valuables, lock valuables in your car or carry them with you at all times. There is ample parking for campers and commuters (non-campers) and the site is available from 3 PM Monday through noon Sunday. NOTE: The park gates are closed at 9PM. You cannot enter or leave after 9PM except in the case of a medical emergency.

The number of participants (players and non-players) is limited to 120, and registration will be closed after reaching that number. See who is already signed up.

We have a Facebook Event page at to facilitate carpool and cabin partnering ideas. We will also use this Facebook page to make announcements before and during the event.Tournament play


Park Details:

MicahThe location is Camp Lapihio in Umstead State Park, Raleigh, NC, via the Crabtree entrance to the park. To get to the Crabtree entrance coming from Durham, take I-40 to exit 283 (I-540) and follow I-540 east 4 miles to exit 4A (US 70). Drive south on US 70 for 1.5 miles, and the Crabtree entrance will be on your right. To get to the Crabtree entrance coming from Raleigh, take US 70 north from I-440 exit 7. Drive north 6 miles, and turn left into the Crabtree entrance. After you enter the park, follow the signs to arrive at Camp Lapihio, about 2.5 miles into the park. Please check in upon arrival. Do not use the Reedy Creek Umstead entrance on I-40. There is no direct connection to Camp Lapihio from the Reedy Creek entrance off of I-40. The park is 10 minutes from RDU International Airport and 20 minutes from an Amtrak station in Cary, North Carolina. Camp Lapihio is a group campsite in the center of Umstead state park. The main playing area and mess hall is a large room with numerous windows. There is no air-conditioning, but windows will be open and fans operating to circulate outdoor air. Average temperatures in June in Raleigh are a high of 86F and an overnight low of 66F. No pets are allowed at Camp Lapihio, and alcohol is not permitted in the park. View a map highlighting the path to Camp Lapihio (opens in a new window).

Other activities:

  1. Hiking
  2. Mountain/gravel biking at least 20 miles of trails (including a bike trail through the park to the fabulous North Carolina Art Museum and network of Raleigh city greenway trails).
  3. Canoeing
  4. Swimming in the lake. Warning: there are no lifeguards. Attendees are responsible for their own water safety.
  5. 20 minutes from three walkable downtowns (Durham, Raleigh, and Cary).
  6. 5,600 acres of forest to explore, including hiking trails, lakes and streams.

NOTE: The park gates are closed at 9PM. You cannot enter or leave after 9PM except in the case of a medical emergency.

Yuan Zhou lectureRequirements to participate:


There are multiple separate buildings for showers and bathrooms on the site. Tents are not allowed at Camp Lapihio, but there is a tent camping area in Umstead State Park about 2.5 miles from the playing area. For cabins at Camp Lapihio, use the Burning Board registration website at when you register for the event. To reserve tent sites in Umstead, use the Umstead State park website.

Lunch will be provided June 20, 21 and 22. A large kitchen mess area is available for use mornings and evenings, but keep it clean! There are also outdoor grills available. Campers should bring in their own food for breakfast and dinner as there might not be enough time to leave the site for breakfast and dinner.

There are many hotels close to the camp, such as:

Fees:Eunkyo Do et al

Tournament and Workshops Fee: $160 for all four days.
Youth registration for those 21 and younger, 4 days: $85.
Nonplayer registration for 4 days: $55.
Tournament and Workshops Registration Fee for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday): $90.
Youth registration for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday): $55.
Nonplayer registration for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday): $40.
One day (Saturday) Tournament Fee: $45.
Youth registration for one day (Saturday) Tournament Fee: $30.
Share a cabin with up to 3 others, $75 for the week ($10.71/day) (Monday through Sunday)
Share a cabin with up to 3 others, $65 for 4 nights ($13.00/day) (Wednesday through Sunday)
Share a cabin with up to 3 others, $45 for 2 nights ($15.00/day) (Friday through Sunday)
Private cabin with only 1 occupant, $295 for the week ($42.14/day) (Monday through Sunday)
Private cabin with only 1 occupant, $270 for 4 nights ($54.00/day) (Wednesday through Sunday)
Private cabin with only 1 occupant, $135 for 2 nights ($45.00/day) (Friday through Sunday)

Tournament Details:

Devin Fraze will be the Tournament Director. The main tournament will consist of 6 rounds of play, with 2 games Thursday, 2 games Friday and 2 games on Saturday. Time settings will be 1 hour main time, with 5 byo-yomi periods of 30 seconds each. The 1 day Saturday tournament will feature 4 rounds of games with a shorter time period, probably 30 minutes Fisher time. Players may not participate in both the main tournament and the 1 day Saturday tournament.

Current AGA members enter at their actual AGA ratings. Unrated entrants will be assigned a temporary rating after review by a strong player. Unrated players will be paired at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director, Devin Fraze.

Handicaps will be determined by the pairing software, but should generally follow the formula used in the self-paired tournament at the US Go Congress based on difference of rating, e.g. 7.5 points komi for ratings difference of 0.6 or less, 0.5 points komi for difference of 0.6 to 1.5, 2 stones handicap for difference of 1.6 to 2.5, 3 stones for difference of 2.6 to 3.5, etc. The open section will be different, with most games played without handicap. Ties will be resolved by SOS scores.

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Last update June 16, 2024