This temporary page is to advise members of actions and ideas for playing Go while the country is experiencing the Coronavirus outbreak.

BGA Advice

Here is the BGA's advice concerning the Coronavirus outbreak (dated 19 March 2020).

Virtual Clubs

A number of Go Clubs are not meeting but are arranging "virtual meetings" held over the internet. Here is a lot of information about remote working in general and tools for meeting virtually.

There are details of some options. If you have further advice to add here, please email the webmaster.


Information from Paul Massey

Discord is a good way of communicating with voice on the internet. There's an app for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux. You can also access it through a browser. It works well for Go clubs, because you can setup a server with multiple rooms or "channels". For example, you can create a general club channel and a channel for each board. It is easy to flick between channels, depending whether you're discussing who's playing whom or you're reviewing your game.

Here is a good guide to setting up Discord. In short, the basics steps are:

  1. Install the app or open the website

  2. Create a user - there's a simple registration process; you just need an email address

  3. Create a server - this is a private area just for your club

  4. Create channels - be sure to create voice channels rather than text channels

  5. Invite people - there is an easy link that you can share, which will give people immediate access. You can paste this link into the room description on KGS.

Use of KGS

Advice from Paul Massey

KGS is a widely used Go server. If you use it as your club room, here are some tips:

  1. It’s good to create a permanent room for your club, so you don’t have to set it up each time.

  2. Useful information to put in your room description:

    A link to the BGA club page description (for info. and for credibility)
    A link to the club server (if, for example, you use Discord)
    A link to the club ladder (if you have one)
    A table of the current draw with handicaps.
  3. It helps doing a draw if everyone turns up at a pre-arranged time.


Information from Charlie Harvey

Another tool for virtual meetings is Zoom, which is free for conversations up to 40 minutes, then £12/month thereafter (?). I think there are limits on the number of participants (unlike discord), but you get video as well as audio (also unlike discord).

OGS Server

Information from Harry Fearnley, with acknowledements to Charlie Harvey, and Brian Zhang.

This information assumes that someone has already set up a "room" on OGS for Your Club.

Signing up -- once only


Go to

Near bottom, find the [Register] button -- click it --> "Welcome ..."

Enter a name -- needs to be unique on the OGS Site and Password.

Optional email: you will need this to use "chat" -- STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Sign up "for chat need email"

Get an email sent to you, and authorize/ validate

Go to the OGS page again -- Maybe go to "Settings" ...

Click on "Home" at top left at right of page click on "Groups" In Search box, at top right, type "Your Club".

Click on [Join Group] You will see a list of members at top right

For each game


To challenge someone, find their name in the list of members at top right. remember that there may be more pages of members

left-click on that name, left click on "Challenge"

Select board size -- you can agree this in a chat on the club page - and time limits.

Communication with other people in the "room"


For most people, you can communicate by using the (limited) "chat" facility in the Club's OGS room.

Last updated Tue Mar 24 2020. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.