The 1997 British Go Championship was decided by a five-game match held at different venues. The winner was Matthew Macfadyen, who was then British Champion until the next championship challenge, a year later. The challenger was Charles Matthews.
In the second game, Charles had the upper hand after move 74. However Matthew regained the initiative with move 143, and won by resignation after 230 moves. The game record is available in Ishi format with comments by Matthew Macfadyen and by Seong-June Kim; and in SGF format without comments.
Matthew Macfadyen therefore won 3-0.
The British Go Championship is open to anyone with British citizenship or with five years residence in Britain. Since 1993, this included Shutai Zhang, who is a Chinese national and came to Britain in 1988. In 1993, he defeated Matthew Macfadyen, and became British Go Champion. He has retained the title every year until 1997.
In 1997, Shutai Zhang decided not to compete, leaving the title match to be played between the two highest-placed players in the Challenger's League. Some players qualified for this through the Candidates' Tournament.
The British Champion is the first to achieve three victories. The schedule was as follows:
|1||Saturday 12/7/1997||Daiwa Foundation, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1||M. Macfadyen 1||C. Matthews 0|
|2||Sunday 27/7/1997||Freuds Café, Walton Street, Oxford||C. Matthews 0||M. Macfadyen 1|
|3||Saturday 13/9/1997||The Refectory, Walton Hall, The Open University, Milton Keynes||M. Macfadyen 1||C. Matthews 0|
|4||match already resolved|
|5||match already resolved|
The time limits for each game are three hours per player, with "Canadian overtime" of five stones in five minutes.