British Go Congress

Cambridge, April 7th– 9th 2017


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The venue for this year's British Go Congress will be the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge.

Cambridge itself needs no introduction. It is at the heart of "Silicon Fen"; the birthplace of John Maynard Keynes, David Gilmour and Douglas Adams. Its University boasts alumni including Newton, Babbage, Darwin and Turing. Think Colleges, Footlights, punting, bicycles.

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences is the home of the University's mathematics departments, a focal point for world leading teaching and research. We hope that many of you will join us here for the British Go Congress 2017 and to enjoy the city!

Getting Here

Pavilion A (aka "Central Core")
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road

For detailed information about getting to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, including route maps and timetables, see:

To get to Cambridge itself, see:

By Car

Free parking is available on-site for attendees.

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences is to the west of the city centre. Junction 13 of the M11 is the closest junction if arriving via motorway. Note that you should enter Wilberforce Road from Madingley Road as there is no vehicular access to the site from the south.

By Train

The train station is about 3 miles (an hour's walk) from the venue. There is a taxi rank.

Most bus services from the station go into the city centre. Change for the Citi4 service from Drummer Street which stops on Madingley Road near Wilberforce Road. The "UniVersal" service goes directly from the train station to Madingley Road on Fridays.

By Plane

There are easy connections from London Stansted airport. Cambridge is also within easy reach of London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Birmingham International Airport.


Teaching Session

Former British Champion Matthew Macfadyen will lead a teaching session on Friday afternoon. Provisional title is "How to kill groups". There will be an additional charge for those attending the session of £6 (concessions £4, youth £2).

British Lightning Tournament

The 2017 British Lightning Tournament will take place on the Friday evening. The initial rounds will take place in a round-robin format, followed by a knockout stage for the final two rounds.

  • Rounds: Approx. 5
  • Time limits: 12 minutes sudden-death
  • Rules: BGA tournament rules
  • Handicap: Grade difference
  • Komi: 7.5 in even games
  • Rated: Not rated

British Open

The 2017 British Open Tournament will take place over the Saturday and Sunday of the event as a six round McMahon tournament.

  • Rounds: 6
  • Time limits: 60 minutes + 10/5 + 20/5 + 30/5 + ... (progressive Canadian overtime)
  • Rules: BGA tournament rules
  • Handicap: McMahon difference - 1 (where required)
  • Komi: 7.5 in even games
  • Rated: EGF class A


There will be a selection of books for sale from the British Go Association's stocks.

Friday, 7th April

14:00 - 17:00 Teaching Session
19:00 - 22:00 British Lightning Tournament

Saturday, 8th April

09:00 - 09:45 Registration
10:00 - 12:30 British Open - round 1
13:30 - 16:00 British Open - round 2
16:15 - 18:45 British Open - round 3
18:45 - 19:00 AGM of T Mark Hall Foundation
19:00 - 20:00 AGM of British Go Association
20:30 - 22:00 Group meal

Sunday, 9th April

09:30 - 12:00 British Open - round 4
13:00 - 15:30 British Open - round 5
15:45 - 18:15 British Open - round 6
18:30 - 18:45 Prizegiving


We recommend staying at Churchill College which is a few minute's walk north of the venue and offers single, twin and double rooms from between £51–£90 per night including breakfast.

Please book directly through the College's online booking system.

For other options, see Visit Cambridge or University Rooms


Complimentary tea, coffee, squash and biscuits will be available throughout the event. There are also vending machines in the Central Core.


"Bento box" or buffet lunches may be provided if there is enough interest. Cost is expected to be about £15 in total for both days. Tick the relevant box on the registration form and we will contact you closer to the event to confirm arrangements.

Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own food to eat. Also, hot lunches are available from the Churchill College cafeteria, where a two course meal is likely to cost around £6.

Saturday Evening Group Dinner

If you wish to enjoy a group meal with other participants on Saturday evening after the AGM, please tick the relevant box on the registration form to express interest. Cost is expected to be about £25 per person payable by those taking part (alcoholic drinks extra). We will contact you closer to the event with menu options.

Registration & Fees

Please register using the form below.

We may need to contact you at short notice about your entry. If you do not have an email address, please provide your phone number.

If you have played in a UK tournament please enter your grade according to the BGA rating list. Otherwise use your organisation's ratings. If you do not have an over-the-board rating, there are some world-wide comparisons including online servers, which may be used as a rough guide.

Fees are payable on arrival at the event.

Concessionary rates apply to those who are under 26 and studying full-time, or those who are receiving an unemployment, disability or pension credit benefit.

Youth rates apply to those who are under 18 on 7th April 2017.

A surcharge is payable if you are not a member of the British Go Association (or equivalent national body).

We would like to provide a public list of players who are already registered for the event (name/grade/country). Please let us know if you do not wish to be included.

Registration Form

Email (or phone number):  

Congress Fee Normal Concession Youth
Early bird (February): £24 £16 £10
Standard (March): £28 £20 £14
Late entry (April): £36 £28 £22

Are you a member of the British Go Association
(or equivalent national body)?

 no (+£6)

Will you attend the teaching session?

 yes (+£6/£4/£2)

Will you play in the British Lightning?

 yes (+£4/£3/£2)

Will you want lunches on Saturday and Sunday?

 yes, adult (+£15)
 yes, youth (+£10)

Will you join the group dinner on Saturday?

 yes, adult (+£25)
 yes, youth (+£15)

Is this your first tournament?


May we include you in the list of attendees?


Special requirements (eg. vegetarian; need wheelchair access;
unable to play in all rounds; etc):

Should you encounter any technical issues using this form, you may email your entry to:

Players who have registered to play in the British Open include:

Five additional players have asked to not be listed.

* = provisional

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.


Phone: +44 77090 06097021