British Go Congress 2019

5th - 7th April 2019, Manchester


This year’s British Go Congress will be held at the Macdonald Hotel, Manchester.

This hotel is conveniently situated very close to Piccadilly station and the centre of Manchester.

In addition to playing rooms, the hotel offers restaurant and accommodation facilities, for those who wish to make use of them.

We wish to thank the T Mark Hall Foundation for supporting this event.


Accommodation is available at the congress hotel with a special rate for congress participants of £109/night (single occupancy), £121/night (double occupancy), room only.

To reserve rooms at this special rate, please call the hotel 0344 879 9000 quoting reference: BRIZ050419.

For those who prefer to stay elsewhere, there is plenty of alternative accommodation available nearby.


We are not arranging any particular food options for Friday.

On Saturday and Sunday, a buffet lunch (sandwiches, salad and chips) will be available at a price of £8.50.

On Saturday evening, a 3-course Congress Dinner will be held at a price of £20. Here is the menu .

If you would like to partake of either lunch or the Congress meal, please email before March 22 (with your menu selection for the Dinner if appropriate).


British Open

The British Open is a 6-round McMahon tournament, held on the Saturday & Sunday of the event (3 rounds each day).

This will be an EGF class A-rated tournament.

British Lightning

The British Lightning tournament is a social handicap tournament played with short time limits (~10 minutes sudden death) on the Friday evening. This tournament will not be rated.  


Note: The times in the following schedule are provisional and subject to minor adjustments.


  • 14:00 – 17:00 Teaching Session
  • 19:00 – 22:00 British Lightning Tournament


  • 09:00 – 09:45 Registration
  • 10:00 – 12:30 British Open Tournament – Round 1
  • 12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 – 15:45 British Open Tournament – Round 2
  • 16:15 – 18:45 British Open Tournament – Round 3
  • 19:00 – 20:00 AGM of the British Go Association
  • 20:30 – 22:00 Group meal. Booking for this must be made by 22nd March.


  • 09:30 – 12:00 British Open Tournament – Round 4
  • 12:15 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 – 15:30 British Open Tournament – Round 5
  • 15:45 – 18:15 British Open Tournament – Round 6
  • 18:30 Prize-giving


Tournament fee: £25 (£20 concessions, £12 if under 18). This covers the lightning tournament as well as the main tournament, and includes tea & coffee.

Late entry fee (after 31st March): £8

Please add £6 if you are not a BGA member.

Teaching session (Friday afternoon): £6 (£4 concessions, £2 if under 18).


To register for the Congress, please sign up using our online form:

Entry list


For any queries, please contact Matt Marsh: Email: Phone: 07795 297779

Last updated Mon Mar 18 2019. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.