Matthew Macfadyen 6d qualified in the Challengers' playoff to defend his title against Hui Wang 5d. This was the second time that Hui has qualified to appear in the Title Match series. Games were again commented live by Li Yue 6d, well known for her online teaching on KGS.
Matthew won the series 3-0.
Spectators were welcome to observe these games, but as space was limited, they had to contact the championships organiser ahead of time. The start time for all games was 10:00 and each player had a time limit of 3 hours with generous Canadian overtime of 10 moves in 10 minutes. There was a 1 hour break for lunch at 13:00 and games generally finished by 18:00.The schedule for this year was:
Saturday September 26
hosted by Geoff Kaniuk in Cambridge, Won by Matthew Macfadyen by 3.5
Game Three Comments commentary by Yue Li with some corrections by Matthew.
Game Three Relay raw record including moderated comments.
Saturday October 31
hosted by the Milton Keynes tournament - Open University. Not needed.
Provisionally Saturday December 5
hosted by Geoff Kaniuk in Cambridge. Not needed.
With Des Cann and Alex Rix unable to compete, and Andrew Kay graduating, reserves Nick Krempel and Harry Fearnley joined the remaining qualifiers to participate in the 7 round all-play-all League held at the Nippon Club. Kiyohiko Tanaka became the reserve.
It was a weekend of surprises as Macfadyen lost to Wang, and then later to T Mark. Wang lost to Crosby and Cocke lost only to Hui and Macfadyen. By the end of round 7, Wang was in the lead on 6 wins and three players: Macfadyen, Cocke, and Hall were on 5. According to the tie-break rules which use the Candidates' ordering, Cocke was higher ranked than T Mark, so was selected for a playoff with Macfadyen. The final results with wins in  and including the playoff were as follows:
The playoff was won by Matthew Macfadyen and so he and Hui Wang will again compete for the British Championship Title over 5 games in various locations round the country.
Alex Kent deserves special mention as being the only 1 kyu to enter the tournament, coming all the way from Durham to play, and winning an impressive 3/6, beating a 1 dan, a 2 dan and a 3 dan.
The list of players qualified for the 2009 British Go Championship was based on their performance in tournaments played during 2008. The qualifying achievement for the Candidates' Tournament 2009 was to have an EGF rating of 1900 or higher immediately after the end of at least one tournament in 2008 in which the candidate played in all rounds.