Manchester Go Club

Manchester Go Club

Welcome to the home page of Manchester Go Club. We exist to play and promote the game of Go, the ancient board game from the Far East, known also as igo (in Japan), weiqi (in China) or baduk (in Korea).

We meet every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm (and other nights by arrangement) in The Shakespeare pub, in Fountain Street (M2 2AA). Attendance is usually around 12, but in the range 8 to 20. Players range from complete beginners up to 3 dan in strength.

We also meet on Mondays from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm (and other times by arrangement) at Sinclair's Oyster Bar, 2 Cathedral Approach (M3 1AS).

All with an interest in Go are very welcome to come along and join us, without the slightest obligation. Learn the game from us, or try your ability against an experienced player.

To find out more about the club, contact Chris Kirkham on 0161-903 9023 or at or checkout our Facbook page.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of some of the members at the club, made by Mrs Yuko Howes.

At present there is no membership fee, but members are encouraged to join the British Go Association, to which Manchester Go Club is affiliated. Go equipment may be obtained online, from various retailers and suppliers.

The nearest Go clubs to Manchester - apart from us of course! - are those at Liverpool, Chester and Bradford. For current details of these and others, click to see a national map and classified listings.

The club organises an annual tournament, the "Northern", in the autumn. In 2015 this was in the city centre, but in 2016 it was held on September 4th at Cheadle Hulme School and here is the tournament page with links to the results.

See the tournament listings for other BGA tournaments, including tthe South Manchester Tournament.

For links to more Go pages, including an introduction to the game, see the BGA Home Page

We are proud of our club history, & here is some more, for those of you with an interest in our background. The club's annual tournament has been running since 1975. The club secretary today, & throughout most of its long years, is Chris Kirkham, who started this club page, created & originally held on his university site. The club has been fortunate indeed to have you at the helm, Chris!

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Last updated Thu May 11 2017. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.