British Championship

The John Barrs goban is a traditional Japanese Go board. It is a good quality tenmasa board

We organise the British Go Championship annually, for the title of British Go Champion for the winner and for the eight best players to earn qualifying points for the World Amateur Go Championship.

The Championship comprises a number of events culminating in a Title Match. It is played according to detailed rules, or as in the rules summary.

These are the qualifiers for the Candidates' Tournament for the current qualifying year according to the qualifying rules.

We also have a British Championship History and a list of winners on the British Championship tournament page, with links to game records and year pages with game records.

The trophy is the John Barrs Goban, shown here. It is a traditional Japanese Go board (a good quality tenmasa board).

Current Champion: Sam Aitken

Previous Champions:
Daniel Hu
Junnan Jiang
Andrew Simons
Andrew Kay
Matthew Macfadyen

2020

The 2020 British Championship started in April 2019. All those who played in tournaments between April 2019 and March 2020 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher qualify. Note: This list contains players who may not be members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements. The qualifiers are able to play in the 2020 Candidates' Tournament.

2019

The 2019 British Championship started in April 2018. All those who played in tournaments between April 2018 and March 2019 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher qualified. Note: This list contains players who may not be members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements. The qualifiers were able to play in the Candidates' Tournament from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May at The Settlement 229 Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UB. As the champion Sam Aitken is not defending the title, the best available seven players and the previous challenger went on to play in the Challenger's League between 25th May and 28th May 2019 at the London Go Centre in West London.

The top two players, Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons, will play the title match:

Game 1 in 2019's best-of-three title Match between Andrew Kay and Andrew Simons was on Saturday 5th October at a private venue in Nuneaton. Live online relay from 10:30 and commentary by Matthew Macfadyen in a clone of the game in the British or English Room on KGS.

Game 2 was on Saturday 9th November at a private venue. Live online relay from 10:30 and commentary by Matthew Macfadyen in a clone of the game in the British or English Room on KGS.

Game 3 TBA.

2018

The 2018 British Championship started in April 2017. All those who played in tournaments between April 2017 and March 2018 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher qualified. Note: This list contains players who may not be members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements. The qualifiers were able to play in the Candidates' Tournament from 5th to 7th May 2018 and the best eight players went on to play in the Challenger's League between 26th May to 29th May 2018. Both events took place at the London Go Centre in West London. Note the reigning champion, Daniel Hu, did not play in the Challengers' League this time, as he was not defending the title. The top two from that then went on to play for the title, namely Sam Aitken and Andrew Simons.

Game 1 in 2018's best-of-three title Match between Sam Aitken and Andrew Simons was on Saturday 21st July at a private venue in Northampton, with live online relay in the British Room on KGS and parallel live commentary by Matthew Macfadyen from 10:30. Andrew Simons has done a commentary on this game.

Game 2 - on Saturday 13th October at a private venue in Cambridge, with live online relay in the British Room on KGS and parallel live commentary in the English Room by Matthew Macfadyen from 10:30.

Game 3 - on Sunday 18th November in Cambridge, with live online relay in the British Room on KGS and parallel live audio commentary by Andrew Kay.

Sam Aitken won the match 2-1 and became British Champion.

2017

The 2017 British Championship started in April 2016. All those who played in tournaments between April 2016 and March 2017 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher are on the list of qualifiers. Note: This list contains players who may not be members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements. The qualifiers were able to play in the Candidates' Tournament from 29th April to 1st May 2017 and the best players from this could join the reigning champion in the Challengers' League from 27th May to 30th May 2017. Both events were held in West London.

However Junnan Jiang declined to defend his title and so the top 8 players progressed to the Challengers' League - the top two to play for the title, namely Daniel Hu and Andrew Simons.

  1. Charles Hibbert vs. Andrew Kay
  2. Andrew Simons vs. Daniel Hu
  3. Charles Hibbert vs. Andrew Simons
  4. N/A
  5. Andrew Kay vs. Andrew Simons
  6. Andrew Simons vs. Tim Hunt
  7. Andrew Kay vs. Daniel Hu

Game 1 in 2017's best-of-three title Match between Daniel Hu and Andrew Simons was on Saturday 19th August at a private venue (Geoff Kaniuk's house) in Cambridge, with live online relay in the British Room on KGS and parallel live commentary by Matthew Macfadyen from 10:00.

Game 2 was on Saturday 30th September at a private venue (Simon Mader's flat) in Cambridge, with live online relay in the English Room on KGS.

Daniel Hu won the match 2-0 and became British Champion.

2016

The 2016 British Championship started in April 2015. All those who played in tournaments between April 2015 and March 2016 and ended with an EGF rating of 1900 or higher are on the list of qualifiers. Note: This list may contain players who are not our members or do not have the required British nationality or residency requirements. The qualifiers were able to play in the Candidates' Tournament in Letchworth from 30th April to 2nd May 2016. Results

The top six available players from the Candidates', plus the reigning champion (Andrew Simons) and Des Cann (who missed last year because of the World Amateur), took part in the Challengers League in London from 28th May to 31st May 2016. Junnan Jiang and Charles Hibbert finished with six wins each, meaning that no play-off game was required and the two of them would go on to play in the British Championship title match games. Andrew Simons, the reigning British Champion finished on 4 wins, and given that neither Junnan or Charles have competed for the title before a new champion was ensured for 2016. Results

Game 1 Saturday 20th August Charles Hibbert against Junnan Jiang, played at private address in Oxford. Live relay on KGS (with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen [RubberDuck]) from 10:30.

   

Game 2 Saturday 3rd December Junnan Jiang against Charles Hibbert, played at Young Chelsea Bridge Club, London. Live relay on OGS.

Game 3 Sunday 19th February Junnan Jiang against Charles Hibbert, played at Young Chelsea Bridge Club, London. Live relay on KGS with commentary by Matthew Macfadyen.

  • Game 1: Saturday 20th August Won by Charles Hibbert by resignation.
    Game One Relay raw record including unmoderated comments.
    Game One Clone with analysis by Matthew Macfadyen.
  • Game 2: Saturday 3rd December Won by Junnan Jiang by resignation.
    Game Two Relay raw record including unmoderated comments and variations.
    Game Two Edit comments and variations removed.
  • Game 3: Sunday 29th February Won by Junnan Jiang by 20.5.
    Game Three Relay raw record including unmoderated comments.
    Game Three Clone with analysis by Matthew Macfadyen

Junnan Jiang won the match 2-1 and became British Champion.

2015

2014

2013

2012

For previous years see British Championship tournament page or see the British Championship History.



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