RGG FAQ Part 2 Section 3
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2.3: How are tournaments organised?
Go tournaments are often a good opportunity to meet other players who do not always come to the club, and players from out of town.
Furthermore, there is usually enough time after and between matches to replay, discuss or play more. All in all, in a tournament which runs over a weekend, you can expect to play more games than the number of rounds would indicate.
Even without knowing the details of how tournaments are organised, you will have a lot of fun.
A good tournament system enables the ranking of a large class of players (say 1520) with relatively few rounds (typically 45).
Several ways of organising tournaments exist. Various systems are described by Robert JASIEK in his Rules FAQ.
You can also take a look on Ken's pages